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Post Graduate Course in Quality and Safety in Healthcare

Faculty of Medicine

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Academic year

2011-2012

DGES Code

3895

Course Type

Non Degree Course

Qualification Awarded

Diploma/Certificate

Duration

1 Year(s)

ECTS Credits

60.0

Course Coordinator(s)

Rui Manuel Carvalho Marques Santos (rsantos@fmed.uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Rui Manuel Carvalho Marques Santos (rsantos@fmed.uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
The Postgraduate Course of Quality and Patient Safety in Healthcare has as main aim to build knowledge and create skills in healthcare providers that make them capable of care for patients in agreement with the basics of Quality and Patient Safety. They must also to be a changing factor and a contributing element to quality continuous improvement.
The specific aims will be: To know quality, quality in healthcare and patient safety concepts; To know how to use quality indicators, in evaluation, monitoring or benchmarking; To know and how to use strategies of continuous improvement of quality and patient safety; To know the legislation about Health related to quality and patient safety; To know the patient rights and obligations; To know the medical error, the factors contributing to them and how to deal with the problem in order to lower the incidence.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
Competences to be developed by students: To know the legislation about Health related to quality and patient safety; To know the patient rights and obligations; To know the medical error, the factors contributing to them and how to deal with the problem in order to lower the incidence; To know what are high reliability organizations and how to transform the healthcare units
Mode of Study
Part-time,B-learning, After working hours
Access to Further Studies
This Post Graduate in Quality and Safety in Health Care Course does not grant a degree, but it allows students to have access to a higher level training, namely 2nd cycle studies (Master’s Degree).
Admission Requirements

The applicants should have a degree in any subject related to healthcare, namely Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy or Allied Health Professions, a good knowledge about the health system and professional experience, working on the health sector will be a factor of preference.
The applicants should have a degree on a related healthcare profession; basic informatics knowledge and internet use capability, and statistical concepts. They have to show also a good knowledge about the use of English.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Recognition of Prior Learning
The provisions of article 45 in the Decree Law no. 74/2006, 24th March, with the words of Decree Law no.107/2008, 25th June shall apply.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law no 74/2006, 24th March, amended and republished by the decree: DL no 107/2008, 25th June; Ordinance no 782/2009, 23rd July.
Professional Goals
Quality Managers, members of quality and safety committes concerned with quality and patient safety in healthcare
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
Given the fact that pedagogical assessment is inseparable from teaching, it is intended to ascertain competences and knowledge that students acquired, their critical thinking, their ability to point out and solve problems, as well as their written and oral expression. Students admitted to examination are those who are registered in the curricular units in the academic year in which the exams are carried out and, simultaneously, registered in those examinations, whenever this registration is necessary, in accordance with number 7, article 5 of the Pedagogical Regulation of the University of Coimbra. The assessment elements are the following examples: written or oral exam, tests, written or practical assignments, as well as individual or group projects that may have to be orally defended and students’ participation in classes. Assessment of each curricular unit may include one or more of the mentioned assessment elements. The mark obtained by each student in each curricular unit consists of a whole number between 0 and 20 points and students who obtain the minimum final mark of 10 points are successfully assessed. Whenever assessment of a curricular unit comprises more than one assessment element, the final mark is calculated on the basis of the marks students obtained in each assessment. element by means of a formula that is made public in accordance with number 1, article 8 of the Pedagogical Regulation of the University of Coimbra.
Graduation Requirements

The course will be provided in two semester with Quality and Patient Safety evenly distributed. The students must also complete the online courses of the IHI Open School

Study Programme
Calendar
1st Semester
Start date: 12-09-2011
End date: 13-01-2012
2nd Semester
Start date: 20-02-2012
End date: 22-06-2012