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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.

Claire Noonan

"The MSc was relevant to every part of my clinical practice as a nurse and a manager ...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
Mark Doyle

"The knowledge and experience gained from the programme is invaluable and it is also a fulfilling and enjoyable experience. If you have the opportunity, go for it!"

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