Quality Improvement Science and Systems Analysis
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|Dates||Mon 21 to Fri 25 Oct 2013|
|Application status||Course ended|
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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.
Offered by Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences and the Department for Continuing Education’s CPD Centre, the taught week is led by Dr Steve New, Lecturer in Quality Improvement, Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. It features face-to-face lectures and tutorials in small groups.
The course is a one-week module from the Surgical Science and Practice programme. It can be taken as a stand-alone short course or as part of the MSc in Surgical Science and Practice.
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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.
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.
Previous guest speakers have included:
- Alastair Nicholson, Emeritus Professor of Operations and Technology Management, London Business School
- Lauren Morgan, Human Factors Research Scientist, University of Oxford
- Eleanor Robertson, Clinical Research Fellow, University of Oxford
- Jaideep Pandit, Supernumerary Fellow in Physiological Sciences, University of Oxford
- Stephen Todd, Associate Fellow, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
This course can be taken:
- as a 5 day short course (for credit or not for credit)
- as part of the MSc in Surgical Science and Practice
- as part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research.
This course will be held at the Department for Continuing Education, Rewley House, Oxford.
Dr Steve New
Role: Module Coordinator
Fellow, Hertford College, University of Oxford
Steve originally studied...more
Dr Lauren Morgan
Lauren works within the Quality, Reliability, Safety and Teamwork Unit (QRSTU)...more
Prof Alastair Nicholson
Emeritus Professor, London Business School
Following exployment with...more
Dr Eleanor Robertson
Eleanor Robertson graduated from the Medical...more
Dr Paul Walley
Senior Lecturer, Department of Business and Management, Oxford Brookes University
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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 will be based on submission of a set written assignment, not exceeding 4,000 words.
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.
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.
The course fee includes:
- 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.
ScholarshipsSources 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.
- Programme Fee
- For students enrolled on the MSc: £1575.00
- Stand-alone short course fee: £1890.00
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How to apply
This course is 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: 7 October 2013
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.
If your chosen course is full it is possible to submit a completed application form which, if successful, will be added to the waiting list. You will then be given the opportunity to attend should a place become available.
If you would like to discuss your application or any part of the application process before applying please contact:
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Sorry, this course is not currently accepting applications. If you have any questions about this course, please use the course enquiry form.