Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE DNS3114

 
TITLE Clinical Governance and Audit

 
LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT Oral Rehabilitation and Community Care

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit introduces students to clinical governance and audit. Students will be trained how to improve in a structured and incorporated approach the quality of services, safety, and the accountability of oral health care. It also focuses on reviewing and monitoring clinical responsibility in a dental practice so as to create and maintain an environment of clinical excellence.

Study-unit Aims:

Clinical Governance and Audit aims at:
- providing dental hygiene students with a programme of quality improvement in dental hygiene activities.
- providing training to Dental Hygiene students, soon to qualify, to be able to create a patient-led oral health service concept.
- making students aware of providing a responsive, consistent, high quality and safe patient care environment.
- ensuring that students recognise the need for real accountability for the safe delivery of health services.
- ensuring that students recognise the need for real accountability for the safe delivery of health services (infection control protocols; medical emergencies protocols, clinician-patient approach/attitudes/allocation of resources).

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- understand the mechanisms for reviewing the quality of everyday care provided to patients.
- seek ways to serve their patients better.
- address quality issues (such as infection control issues), providing updated information.
- audit the quality of clinical dental hygiene services and highlight the need for improvement.
- identify and remedy poor performance.
- be aware of the clear lines of responsibility and accountability for the overall quality of clinical care.
- have a knowledge of policies aimed at managing risks.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- facilitate development of dental hygiene services so that they better meet the needs of patients, through investing in the development of all members of staff.
- identify and develop knowledge and skills that will support his/her career progression and encourage life-long learning.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Text:

Clinical governance in general dental practice. By Raj Rattan, Ruth Chambers, Gill Wakley. ISBN-10 1 85775 935 4 ISBN-13 9781857759358.

 
ADDITIONAL NOTES Attendance to scheduled sessions, inclusive of lectures/tutorials, practical, laboratory and clinical components is compulsory. Students who do not attend at least 90% of the scheduled sessions will not be allowed to sit for any of the assessment components mentioned below.Attendance to scheduled sessions, inclusive of lectures/tutorials, practical, laboratory and clinical components is compulsory. Students who do not attend at least 90% of the scheduled sessions will not be allowed to sit for any of the assessment components mentioned below.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study and Group Learning

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Carmen Caruana
Lorenza Cascun

 
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