Human Factors in Patient Safety

Human factors

Your future

This Human Factors in Patient Safety programme has attracted healthcare professionals from across the acute hospitals settings and from all seniority levels. We have had consultant and trainee surgeons, emergency medicine physicians and anesthetists. We have also had nurses from all acute care domains including ICU, surgery, emergency medicine and general medicine, as well as those that have transitioned out of nursing to safety and quality roles. Additionally, we have also had pharmacists and obstetricians undertake our programme.

The programme is open to anyone interested in patient safety and quality in healthcare. This is an interprofessional programme and there is a strong emphasis on the interprofessional collaboration through classroom workshops, discussion boards and group projects. Graduates from our programme tell us that they use the knowledge and skills developed in this programme daily, in their working lives. Our graduates have found this programme to be career-enhancing through improved confidence to become involved in and lead patient safety initiatives, improved personal effectiveness through enhanced teamwork, leadership and communication skills, and through enhanced research and writing skills.

You can learn more about the programme through our alumni below.

The course offers so much that was new yet immediately utilisable for me despite many years of professional involvement in risk management, medical education, and simulation training. The quality of international faculty is astonishing. Some of them would command keynote slots on almost any scientific programme, but we got to spend hours with them sharing experiences of real clinical dilemmas and potential research ideas.

Dr Niamh Hayes, Consultant Anaesthetist, Rotunda and Mater Misericordiae hospitals, Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, RCSI

The MSc was relevant to every part of my clinical practice as a nurse and a manager. The facilitators and subject experts for each module were inspiring but the course structure also facilitated participants to learn from each other. This course has changed my way of thinking and given me an insight into healthcare and patient safety that I never had before.

Claire Noonan, CNM3 Surgical Oncology, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin

Safety, quality improvement, and communication are important factors in surgery and the MSc was an excellent opportunity for further study and reflection of these topics. The industry experts that visited from all over the world provided enormous depth of learning and interest in the area of human factors. I find that I apply the lessons learned in every day of my practice .

Ms Eleanor Faul, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Mater Hospital, Dublin

I found the MSc an excellent course for understanding system risk and human error. The individual modules combine well to provoke valuable reflection on how we provide care, quality and safety, collaboration, teamwork communication, shared care and much more ... A worthwhile course and ranks as one of my best educational experiences to date.

Dr Samuel Kuan, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Regional Hospital, Mullingar