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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
Sinead Edney

"The programme has proved to be invaluable to every part of my clinical practice working in a busy operating theatre. The course is well structured with amazing online supports and fantastic support from the programme coordinators."

Sinead Edney, Clinical Nurse Manager 3, Beaumont Hospital
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
Samuel Kuan

"I found the MSc an excellent course for understanding system risk and human error. The individual modules combine well to provoke valuable reflection ... 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