Postgraduate Certificate in Patient Safety and Clinical Risk Management

Postgraduate Certificate in Patient Safety and Clinical Risk Management

Course information

Course title Postgraduate Certificate in Patient Safety and Clinical Risk Management
Course code PCPYRPET0
Postnominal P.G.Cert.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 2 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 30
Coordinator Sandra Buttigieg
Delivered by Faculty of Health Sciences
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) defines patient safety as the prevention of harm to patients implying a broad focus on a system of care delivery aiming at: (i) preventing errors; (ii) learning from existing errors; and (iii) building on a culture of safety that involves health care professionals at various levels, organizations and patients. The World Health Organization defines clinical risk management as specifically concerned with improving the quality and safety of health-care services by identifying the circumstances and opportunities that put patients at risk of harm and acting to prevent or control those risks. An adverse event is an incident that results in harm to the patient. The effective implementation of patient safety and clinical risk management policies do not just require human, financial and other resources, but rather the commitment of individuals to be educated and trained to practise safely. Preventing adverse events is a crucial role and responsibility of management and clinicians.

The programme of study includes topics which focus on:
1. Basic principles of patient safety and clinical risk management
2. Systems analysis and quality improvement scientific techniques
3. Leadership, teamwork, human factors and communication
4. Systematic approaches to evidence-based patient safety and clinical risk management
5. Application of tools and practices to enhance patient safety and to manage clinical risk in context.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) the degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) obtained with at least Second Class (Honours) from the Faculty of Health Sciences in an area of study which should be directly related to the area in which the research is to be carried out, or

(b) a Bachelor’s degree obtained with at least a Second Class (Honours) in a discipline deemed by the Board as being closely related to the area of study in which the research is to be carried out, or

(c) a qualification deemed by Senate, on the recommendation of the Board, to be equivalent to the qualifications listed in (a) and (b) above,

provided that applicants in possession of a first degree obtained with at least Second Class (Honours) in a discipline deemed by the Board as being related to the area of study in which the research is to be carried out shall be considered as eligible.

During the first year of the Course, students may be required to undergo an occupational health assessment so as to ascertain that they are fit for work which may bring them in contact with the clinical environment. Students who do not fulfil this requirement may be barred from progressing with their studies. Failure to disclose information about a physical or mental health problem that could affect patient safety is considered to be a serious breach of the University Suitability to Practise Regulations.

Further information, including a schedule of interviews for applicants for courses with a limited number of students and for 'adult learners/mature applicants' (in the case of undergraduate courses), as well as important information on the occupational health protocol, to be submitted by the 30 November 2020, can be accessed here. Prospective students are encouraged to go through these documents carefully as early as possible.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 2,500
Fee per semester: Eur 1,250

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 6,700
By the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. gain a knowledgeable opinion of the concepts of 'adverse events', 'patient safety' and 'clinical risk management' in healthcare organizations;

2. evaluate the roles and responsibilities of healthcare leaders/managers and their teams in patient safety and clinical risk management;

3. understand how to apply patient safety and clinical risk-management principles by identifying, assessing and reporting hazards, and potential risks in complex and multi/inter-disciplinary healthcare settings;

4. learn how to (i) identify the risk; (ii) assess the frequency and severity of the risk; (iii) reduce or eliminate the risk; and (iv) assess the costs saved by reducing the risk or the costs if the risk eventuates;

5. assess the role of human factors and operating systems when reviewing alerts on patient safety and clinical risk management;

6. develop an understanding of the critical relevance of using evidence in decision-making when addressing patient safety and clinical risk management issues;

7. evaluate patient safety and clinical risk management healthcare settings' data from a critical point of view;

8. develop knowledge and skills on information systems to support patient safety and clinical risk management; and

9. develop knowledge and skills on issues around new technology and its adoption.
As per recommendations by the World Health Organization and EU council recommendation 2009/C 151/01, it is of paramount importance that specific education and training in patient safety and clinical risk management is offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta, and offered to all health care professionals and healthcare employees, namely medical doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives and all allied professions, as well as healthcare managers in possession of a recognized first cycle degree.

An interdisciplinary audience/cohort is important, for the different professions to better appreciate that issues with patient safety arise from across healthcare professional practices and in teams of professionals along different stages of clinical patient pathways.
This course will enhance employability of persons who wish to work in public and private healthcare organizations that deliver patient care. It is envisaged that holders of the postgraduate certificate in patient safety and clinical risk management will be favorably considered when seeking recruitment or promotion in the health services.

The PG Cert may also be used as the first 30 ECTS of a Master by Research Programme.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 30 September 2020

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The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.