Implementing Change in Practice

Key information

Start date:
21 February 2025
Attendance dates:

21, 28 February 2025

07, 14, 21 March 2025

Kate Granger Building, 30 Priestley Road, Surrey Research Park, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7YH

Depending on the subject and content, modules will mainly be delivered via a combination of face-to-face and online.

Some modules may be taught at: Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
Contact details:
  • Level
    6 (undergraduate)
  • Credits
  • Module code

Module overview

This module builds on the learning from Transforming Services for Quality and introduces the fundamental concepts, underpinning theories, and tools of implementation science in improving the quality and effectiveness of health and social care services. Students will have the opportunity to explore how their proposed change initiative could be effectively and routinely implemented in their organisation. They will consider the roadblocks to implementation and strategies to mitigate against these. 

Students will develop a clear understanding of the similarities and differences between clinical research, quality improvement methods, dissemination and implementation studies and how we can best integrate them to maximise success of implementing small or large scale change initiatives. The assessment will enable them to demonstrate the depth of their understanding and insight into effective application of implementation principles and methods to create a roadmap to stimulate, facilitate, sustain, and scale up positive and successful change in practice for health and social care improvement.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and appreciation of different approaches in evaluation and implementation science including hybrid effectiveness and implementation trial designs, implementation strategies and outcomes.
  • Undertake an exploration of the challenges of adoption and widespread use of new or evidence based practice changes within health and social care contexts and discuss how, why and under what conditions the type of interventions and contexts can affect the implementation success or failure.
  • Demonstrate awareness of how to formulate implementation research questions and how these determine the research methods and implementation strategies that should be used to test them in real world settings.
  • Display a good understanding of how policy and evidence should be utilised to support the case for change and implementation plan development. 
  • Develop innovative and effective presentation skills to create momentum, influence and support change.


Course content

Indicative module content includes:

  • Introduction to Implementation Science (IS) in the Context of Knowledge Translation, Translational Medicine, Clinical Research and Quality improvement 
  • Overview of IS theories, Models and Frameworks 
  • Doing IS Research and Evaluation: Formulating the IS Question, Design and Methods 
  • Key IS concepts: IS Strategies and Outcomes, Context, Fidelity, Adaptation, Scalability and Sustainability
  • Stakeholder Engagement and Communication Tips to Influence and Lead Change.

Learning and teaching methods

Learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures
  • Small Group Discussions
  • Guided E-learning
  • Self- Directed Learning.


Summative assessment for this module consists of: 

  • A presentation designed to explain and market the proposed change to the targeted audience, 30%
  • A project implementation plan which analyses the rationale and stages of Project Implementation Plan (PIP), 70%, 2,000 word limit 

Formative assessment: 

Students will submit a sample of writing (approx. 10% of final word count) for feedback prior to summative assessment, this will often be an outline of their proposed Project Implementation Plan (PIP).

Course leader

Reading list

Take a look at the module reading list.

Entry requirements

  • Ability to study at level 6
  • Recognised healthcare professional qualification and current professional registration with the NMC, HCPC, GPhC. 
  • Employed within UK healthcare as a registered healthcare professional. 
  • Successful completion of HCRM013 / HCR3008 Transforming Services for Quality or demonstration of equivalent knowledge and understanding.

Fees and funding


How to apply

Please download and fill in an application form. 

Please note: 

  1. Applications typically close six weeks before the module start date and may close earlier if we reach a maximum number of applications. If we still have spaces on the course, we may extend the application deadline date.
  2. It is important to ensure that you complete all sections and answer all questions, incomplete forms will cause a delay and may result in you missing out on an available place.
  3. If you are registered on a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course then you will need to complete an application form for each CPD module you wish to apply for.

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Cancellation policy

If you withdraw less than seven days before the module commences or do not attend on the first day (without informing the module administrator) the full cost of the module will be charged. Withdrawals after the module commences will also be charged.

Module availability

Places are confirmed approximately one month before the module start date. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. 


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Course location and contact details

Campus location

Kate Granger Building

Our Medicine (Graduate Entry) BMBS degree, nursing and midwifery, and health science courses are taught at the Kate Granger Building (30 Priestley Road), on the Surrey Research Park.

Additional information

Depending on the subject and content, modules will mainly be delivered via a combination of face-to-face and online.

Some modules may be taught at: Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH.

Post-registration Administration team

University of Surrey
Surrey GU2 7XH