Taught course

Advancing Quality Improvement in Health and Social Care

Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care

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Entry requirements

You should be working in a health or social care setting or associated agency, and have an honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent work-based experience.
If you have other qualifications your application may be considered providing that you can provide evidence of being able to study at master’s level.

Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credits for previous study or related work experience which can be credited towards the course you want to study.

Months of entry


Course content

Delivering excellence in health and social care at an individual, team and organisational level is not just desirable but achievable. The philosophy of this course is that for excellence to flourish every member of staff must be committed to, and play their part in, an integrated governance approach. This is where people-centredness and people centred approaches to care are afforded the same esteem and recognition as finance, performance, risk management, safety and quality.

Course Details

The course is designed to develop and equip critical champions and ambassadors for quality, safety and governance in health and social care. It enables you to apply comprehensive knowledge, understanding, expertise and advanced skills to develop an evidence-based business case for change to enhance the quality, safety and governance of care in your organisation. The course is suitable for individuals from the public, independent or voluntary sector and from any professional background, including clinical and support services who are working (or aspire to work in) a specialist quality, safety or governance role or one dealing with human factors.

What you study

You study issues related to the transition to master’s level. You explore the context of safety, quality and governance in terms of policy, theory and experience, at a personal, local, national and international level. You also study different types and sources of evidence, using these to identify a quality, safety or governance issue of relevance to your role based on an in-depth study of the principles, practices and tools of safety and governance in health and social care.

Core modules

  • Principles and Practice of Safety and Governance in Health and Social Care
  • Using Evidence to Advance Quality, Safety and Governance in Health and Social Care

How you learn

The course is taught in short study blocks spread across the academic year over a total of 14 contact days. We use a range of teaching methods including lectures and workshops, student-led seminars, action learning, interactive and online learning activities, directed and self-directed study activities. You are supported by module tutors with extensive experience in this subject area and the programme leader who is a member of the founding cohort for the NHS England and Health Foundation Q initiative.

How you are assessed

We use a range of assessment modes throughout the course. These include written assessments such as an essay on the nature and use of evidence and a business case for change. Other opportunities for informal feedback include developing and presenting an environmental analysis and oral presentation/defence. The programme is supported by a critical friends stakeholder support forum which consists of service users and carers, employer representatives and academic staff. Members of this group participate in student assessment as well as supporting programme design and delivery. This ensures that a person-centred approach extends to all aspects of the course, maximising employer/organisational benefit.

Career opportunities

On successful completion of this course are equipped with a range of knowledge and expertise such as advanced reasoning and decision-making skills. You are also able to work collaboratively, present and research and you have strong ICT skills highly sought by employers.

The programme is relevant for you if you are working in, or would like to work in a specialist quality, safety or governance role, or one covering these issues.

Fees and funding

For information on funding, please contact the University Finance office on +44 (0)1642 342171 or email finance@tees.ac.uk

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment60
Oral presentation and defence40

Course contact details

School of Health & Social Care
+44 (0) 1642 384110