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Department of Nursing and Health Care Sciences

Diploma in Developing Safe Environments in Health and Social Care

NFQ Level:  9
Credits: 10
Award Type: Minor Award
Application: Apply Now
Closing Date: 4.00pm on Friday, 13th May, 2022
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Course Description

This programme is open to health and social care professionals and reflects service user safety as a concern across complex, fast moving and pressurised environments (World Health Organisation 2011). The minor award consists of two 5 credit modules: Ethical Judgement in Professional Leadership and Quality Improvement and Governance in Health & Social Care. Collectively, these two modules critically explore contemporary inter-professional working and communication as they influence service-user safety. Specific topics include professional accountability; moral responsibility; legal, professional and ethical aspects of the management of adverse events; promoting quality services by risk management; open disclosure policies; protecting and promoting rights of groups with specific needs; moral theory, ethical decision-making, whistle blower protection and national regulation for safer, quality-assured health and social care.

This programme responds to service need to implement the service-user safety agenda in accordance with national policy.  The World Health Organisation has acknowledged that the education and training of healthcare professionals has “been underused and under-valued as a vital tool for addressing the challenges of achieving improved patient safety”. This programme utilises the World Health Organisation Patient Safety Curriculum Guide to provide a growing awareness and recognition of service-user safety in health and social care.

Entry Requirements

Prospective applicants must hold a NFQ level 8 qualification in nursing, health or social care or equivalent.  


One semester part-time (lectures are delivered one day per week on the MTU Kerry Campus) from January 2023 to May 2023



Progression Opportunities

On successful completion of the programme, students will have gained 10 credits at NFQ level 9 that can contribute to the achievement of other academic awards, such as the MSc in Nursing at MTU.

Main Contact:

For any queries in relation to this course please contact the following departments.

Nursing and Health Care Sciences   Tel: (066) 7191694 Email: Nursing Dept (email)
Admissions Office  Tel: (066) 7145638 Email: Admissions (email)


Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

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