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Quality Improvement Science and Systems Analysis

Key facts

TypesProfessional Development
Short Courses
LocationOxford - Ewert House
AddressEwert House
Summertown
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX2 7DD. Map
DatesMon 24 to Fri 28 Nov 2014
Subject area(s)Health
CATS points20
FeesFrom £1640.00
Application statusApplications being accepted
Course codeO14C288B9Y
Course contactIf you have any questions about this course, please email ssp@conted.ox.ac.uk or telephone +44(0)1865 286954.

Overview

The Quality Improvement Science and Systems Analysis course introduces the principles and core methodology of industrial quality improvement methods with special reference to those which may be applicable to surgical services in hospitals. The aim is to equip students to understand how they may be able to improve the quality, reliability and safety of services and then sustain excellence of performance in their own practice through the application of tried and tested methods to achieve system change and the engagement of staff.

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Description

Quality Strategy Venn Diagram

The Quality Improvement Science and Systems Analysis course provides the opportunity to learn more about and discuss the following topics:

  • History and principles of industrial quality improvement
  • Systems theory
  • Measurement of process and outcome
  • Process mapping and visibility
  • The PDCA cycle
  • Workforce engagement
  • "Lean thinking"
  • Diffusion of innovations
  • Continuous performance monitoring methods
  • Six Sigma
  • Human/technology interactions
  • Predictive and analytical methods for identifying risk in systems
  • Incident reporting systems.

Offered by Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences and the Department for Continuing Education’s CPD Centre, the taught week is led by Dr Lauren Morgan, Human Factors Research Associate, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences at the University of Oxford. It features face-to-face lectures and tutorials in small groups.

Class sizes are kept small to allow full interaction with tutors. Study before and after the course is supported by a rich virtual learning environment.

Click here to see an example schedule for the course.

Previous guest speakers have included:

  • Alastair Nicholson, Emeritus Professor of Operations and Technology Management, London Business School
  • Steve New, Lecturer in Operations Management, Said Business School, University of Oxford
  • Jaideep Pandit, Supernumerary Fellow in Physiological Sciences, University of Oxford
  • Eleanor Robertson, Clinical Research Fellow, University of Oxford
  • Stephen Todd, Associate Fellow, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
  • Paul Walley, Senior Lecturer, Department of Business and Management, Oxford Brookes University

Programme details

This course can be taken:

Venue

This course will be held at the Department for Continuing Education, Ewert House, Oxford.

Staff

 

Dr Lauren Morgan

Role: Module Coordinator

Research Associate, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford

Lauren works within the Quality, Reliability, Safety...more

Certification

Sample certificate PDF document.

Short course participants who do not wish to undertake the assessed work required for academic credit but who do satisfy the course attendance requirements will receive a Certificate of Attendance. The pdf sample above is an illustration only, and the wording will reflect the course and dates attended.

Those successfully completing the couse for credit can apply to receive a CATS point transcript.

Assessment methods

Assessment will be based on submission of a set written assignment, not exceeding 4,000 words.

Academic credit

Those wishing to may apply to take the course with accreditation. The University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education offers Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points for the course. Participants attending at least 75% of the taught course and successfully completing assessed assignments are eligible to earn credit equivalent to 20 CATS-equivalent points which may be counted towards a postgraduate qualification.

IT requirements

This course uses the Department’s online assignment submission system and online courseware. In order to participate in the course, and to prepare and submit your course assignments you will need access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification. Students of this course may use the student computing facilities provided in Departmental buildings.

Accommodation

Rewley House bedroom

Accommodation is available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford. The comfortable, en-suite, study-bedrooms are rated 4-star, and come with free high-speed internet access and TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.

Payment

The course fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • Course materials
  • Refreshments and a three course lunch on each day of the course
  • Access to the following University of Oxford libraries and services:
    • Radcliffe Science Library
    • Rewley House Continuing Education Library
    • Bodleian Libraries e-Resources
  • Access to facilities from the Department of Continuing Education, including:
    • The Graduate School
    • WebLearn virtual learning environment
    • Wi-fi access through Oxford Wireless LAN (OWL).

Before making your application for this short course, please ensure that you have read the terms and conditions which can be found towards the bottom of this page.

Please see the MSc in Surgical Science and Practice page for more information regarding module fees when taking this course as a part of the MSc Programme.

Scholarships

Sources of funding for courses in Surgical Science and Practice: external grants, awards, scholarships and bursaries

Details of funding opportunities including grants, bursaries and scholarships are available here.

Fee options

Programme Fee
Students enrolled on the MSc in Surgical Science and Practice: £1640.00
Short course in health sciences: £1890.00

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Admissions criteria

To apply for the course you should:

  • be a graduate or have successfully completed a professional training course
  • have at least two years' professional work experience in the health service or a health-related field
  • be able to combine intensive classroom learning with the application of the principles and practices within the work place
  • have a good working knowledge of email, internet, word processing and Windows applications (for communications with course members, course team and administration).

How to apply

This course is also part of the MSc in Surgical Science and Practice. If you would like to apply for the MSc in Surgical Science and Practice please visit the programme page.

To apply for a module as a short course please use the documents below.

Applications deadline: 3 November 2014

Places on the course are limited, so early application is strongly recommended. Your application will require a copy of your CV, and if you wish to take the course for credit, a reference. Once we have received your completed application it will be considered by the admissions panel.

You can apply for this course in the following ways:

Apply by post, email or fax
Short course application form PDF document.

MSc terms and conditions (important: please read before applying) PDF document.
Short course terms and conditions (important: please read before applying) PDF document.

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