Person Safety


The overall aim of this module is to develop students' understanding of patient/client/person* safety. The module is focused on providing the student with the context, key principles and competencies associated with person safety. The module seeks to create a critical awareness of the contemporary themes and will offer a historical context to person safety and will encourage the learner to explore recent and historial events related to their own area of health or social care practice. The module includes themes such as risk management, human factors as well as broader person safety themes. There will be a focus on application to practice so that students will consider aspects of person safety threats from their own area of practice.

*The generic term of person safety will be used throughout this module and refers to any preferred term from the learners area of practice such as patient, client, service user.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critique and apply strategies to identify, analyse and address patient safety issues.

  2. Analyse lessons from high reliability organizations, health and/or social care practices nationally and internationally including the importance teamwork and culture.

  3. Analyse and critically evaluate fundamental issues in human error and systems thinking related to improving person safety and the impact of organisational behaviour.

  4. Demonstrate the principles of risk management and apply them to practice

  5. Critically evaluate key patient/client/service user safety issues in relation to their application to health and/or social care systems

  6. Develop an in-depth understanding of how systems can be changed and developed in order to maximise person safety

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