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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.

"As a full-time emergency physician transitioning from the NHS, I found the RCSI Human Factors in Patient Safety programme transformative. Its comprehensive approach ensures that individuals seeking to deepen their patient safety knowledge find versatile tools. The exceptional, personalised support from the faculty and course director stands out. I wholeheartedly recommend the programme to those looking to empower patient safety, particularly within the Irish healthcare landscape."

Dr Prodeep Mukherjee, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, University Hospital Kerry
Arwa Osman

"What this programme teaches about communication and leadership impacted not only my day-to-day activities at work, but also my personal effectiveness and I can relate and immediately apply what I learn."

Arwa Osman, Class of 2023

I enrolled in the programme to understand how individuals working in a system can influence safety. The online delivery is excellent, allowing distance and local learners to participate equally. The discussion boards mean I can learn from fellow scholars who work in a variety of disciplines. The learning material is stimulating and overall I am really enjoying the course.

Paul McFadden, Emergency Medicine Consultant, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust
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!"