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Masters (MSc.) in Human Factors in Patient Safety

What is Human Factors?

Human Factors in Patient Safety is about improving the safety and quality of patient care. This is achieved through:

  • Understanding sources of error and risk in healthcare, and strategies to manage them 
  • Developing healthcare professionals’ non-technical skills such as leadership, teamwork, communication, decision making, situation awareness and stress management

The MSc in Human Factors in Patient Safety offered by RCSI is designed to develop participants' knowledge of error, risk and safety in healthcare and to advance their practical skills and expertise to drive safety initiatives and quality improvement in the acute hospital setting.

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Programme Overview

  • Course title: Masters in Human Factors in Patient Safety
  • Award:MSc. In Human Factors in Patient Safety
  • NFQ level: Level 9
  • ECT: 90 credits
  • Start date: 3 September 2018
  • Course length: Two years, part-time
  • Mode of attendance: Blended learning – online and face-to-face
  • Accredited by: Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI), National University of Ireland (NUI), Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)

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RCSI has established a unique Masters programme for experienced healthcare professionals who are responsible for the care of acute hospital patients. The Masters (MSc) in Human Factors in Patient Safety is particularly relevant to Surgeons, Emergency Medicine Physicians, Anaesthetists, Obstetricians, Radiologists, Acute Care Nurses, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Radiographers, Social Workers, Dietitians, Occupational Therapists, other allied health care professionals and quality managers. The MSc provides participants with the knowledge, practical skills and expertise to drive safety initiatives and quality improvement in the acute hospital setting.

Programme modules are summarised below and information is also provided on the exit qualifications awarded on successfully completing each year. View detailed module descriptions

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Delivery and Assessment

 

How is the programme delivered?

MSc participants will complete 6 x10 week modules of study over Years 1 and 2. The research dissertation is completed at the end of Year 2. The course is part-time. Students will attend RCSI for face-to-face teaching for three days per module, structured as one full day per month. This will be supplemented with online content and individual/ group-based learning activities.

How is the programme assessed?

Formative assessment will include participation in classroom activities and group work. Summative assessment will involve:

  • A 2,000 word written assignment per module.
  • Participation in a group project and presentation, per module. 
  • A 300 word submission to a weekly discussion forum, (6-8) per module.

 

For those progressing to the Masters programme a research protocol, a literature review and a publication-ready research article will be submitted for assessment.

The MSc is designed to be completed by participants within two years. Extensions may be requested but all candidates must complete the programme within five years of commencement.

Fees

 Year 1 Postgraduate CertificateYear 2 Postgraduate DiplomaMasters (MSc.)
Fees €5,000 €5,000 €2,500

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Application Information

 

This is an inter-professional programme. The course is open to healthcare professionals involved in the care of acute patients in a hospital setting. This includes: Consultant Surgeons, Emergency Medicine Physicians, Anaesthetists, Obstetricians, Radiologists, Acute Care Nurses, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Radiographers, Social Workers, Dietitians, Occupational Therapists, other allied health care professionals and quality managers.

Candidates must hold either:

1. An MB and be registered with the Irish Medical Council, or;

2. A primary degree in a health sciences field with a qualification achieved at the level of 2.2 Honours.

All candidates must have evidence of four years’ work experience in acute hospital care and must be currently working in the acute hospital setting and involved in the care of surgical patients.

Applications for the Masters (MSc) in Human Factors in Patient Safety must be made through the online application portal:

Before accessing the online application system it is important that you read the instruction guide for usersprivacy statement and terms of use

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Please direct any enquiries about online applications to: emerpyke@rcsi.ie

Closing date for submission of online application is  31 May 2018.

Why This Masters?

 

The goals of the Masters (MSc) in Human Factors in Patient Safety are as follows:

1. To provide participants with the knowledge, skills and techniques to understand sources of risk and error in their organizations so that they are equipped to measure, monitor, and manage risk and thereby advance patient safety.

2. To develop participants’ personal effectiveness in term of decision making, situational awareness, stress management and error avoidance.

3. To develop participants’ interpersonal skills in terms of leadership, teamwork, communication with colleagues,patients and relatives.

4. To develop participants’ research skills so that they are equipped with the research knowledge, skills and tools to lead safety and quality improvement interventions in their organizations.

Why choose to study at RCSI?

1. RCSI is a multi-disciplinary healthcare education provider

2. The programme is delivered by experts in human factors in healthcare

3. There is a strong focus on inter-professional practice

4. Students will improve their personal effectiveness

5. The programme emphasises skills enhancement

6. The programme offers flexible access and participation through blended learning modalities