The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2018

Course handbook

Description

CLAM6004 Clinical Practice Audit, Safety and Quality Improvement introduces candidates to quality improvement tools and techniques that enhance safety and quality of health care services. It describes the historical development of quality improvement, the introduction of quality improvement programs as a multidisciplinary approach in the health field, introduces basic methods of data presentation, and presents various examples of quality improvement techniques.


Availability2018 Course Timetables

Online

  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand the historical development of quality improvement, the introduction of quality improvement as a multidisciplinary approach in the health field, and be familiar with current initiatives

2. Understand the key principles of quality ( the importance of a customer focus, the perception of the work environment as a system, a scientific approach based on data, teamwork, leadership, and continuous improvement)

3. Be familiar with a variety of quality improvement methods.

4. Be familiar with clinical audit methodology and the clinical audit cycle

5. Use quality improvement tools commonly used in the health care setting and determine their appropriate applications

6. Gain practical experience in the application of the principles of quality improvement and the use of process and data analysis tools via the conduct of a small-scale quality improvement project in their workplace.


Content

The course comprises four modules:

Module 1. Introducing quality improvement in health care

Module 2. Assessing and measuring quality

Module 3. Techniques and tools for measuring quality

Module 4. Quality improvement project (candidates are required to undertake an audit/quality improvement project in their own employment setting)


Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: BLOG – Key Principles of quality improvement

Written Assignment: Written Assignment/Field Study – Quality and safety within own organisation

Essay: Written essay/field study and report – Use of quality improvement tools

Written Assignment: Field Study/powerpoint – Work-based quality improvement project