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Introduction to Patient Safety & Human Factors


Course Information

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This module has been specifically developed for healthcare professionals with a specific interest in the field of Patient Safety and Human Factors. Human Factors in healthcare is now high on the political and healthcare agenda with ‘a Concordat from the National Quality Board’ recently being published. Human Factors failures have also been described in several high profile medical cases and in organisational failures. 

Course Code

MDSC185 - March 2018

Course Dates

8th March 2018 – 5th July 2018

Course Leader

Jeff Goulding

Course Fee

Course Description

Content will include an introduction to human factors, the nature and classification of errors, organisational factors, and the development of a safety culture in healthcare provision. Additionally, material will focus upon ‘Team Resource Management’, specifically elements of communication, leadership, followership, teamwork, situational awareness, workload distribution and the effects of stress. Emphasis will be placed upon the development of effective problem solving strategies based upon the use of ‘best evidence’, experiential learning using high fidelity simulation and reflective practice.

Delivery will be blended in approach with 3 separate days of contact teaching delivered once per month over a 3 month period. This will take place at the Centre for Simulation and Patient Safety, based at University Hospital Aintree and at the University of Liverpool.