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PA500403: Quality improvement project

[Page last updated: 03 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Credits: 15 CATS credits
Notional Study Hours: 150
Level: FHEQ level 7
Modular (no specific semester)
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Work-based Learning Project (CW 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: On completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Conceptualise a small work based project aimed at improving a key process, product or service (knowledge and understanding; key skill)
2. Evaluate key processes and activities in practice to determine whether there is scope for continuous improvement (professional practical skill; key skill)
3. Identify, critically assess and select an appropriate quality improvement tool and approach to enhance their own and others' practice (knowledge and understanding; professional practical skills; key skill);
4. Apply the relevant improvement tools to key practice processes and generate data and areas for improvement
5. Write up the findings of the project in a report suitable for presenting to employers or other key stakeholders.

Aims: To apply key tools from the Quality Improvement movement to the continuous enhancement of pharmacy practice in specific professional settings.

Skills: Knowledge and understanding (Quality improvement tools)
Professional practical skills (continuous improvement of practice)
Transferable and Key skills (project design, report writing).

Content: Key principles of quality improvement
Quality improvement approaches
Quality improvement tools in practice (following Institute of Health Improvement approach):
* Stage of Project tools
* Type of Task tools
* Type of Approach tools
* 7 Ways to no delays
* Patient Pathways
How to produce a structured, work-related report.

Programme availability:

PA500403 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology


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