Patient Safety, Quality and Risk

Key information

Start date:
10 December 2024
Attendance dates:

10, 11, 16, 17 December 2024

07, 14 January 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
    7 (postgraduate)
  • Credits
  • Module code

Module overview

This module empowers health and social care professionals to examine the factors contributing to patient safety and the care of patients/service users, considering the influence of human factors on safety. Additionally, the module encourages students to critically assess the interplay between national patient safety policies and their impact on local guidelines and policies. Moreover, students will cultivate a critical understanding of the intricate legal and ethical issues affecting patient safety. You will also scrutinise the role of accountability in effectively managing safety and risk in the workplace.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Critically evaluate the concepts of patient safety and risk and how national and local patient risk and safety policies impact on your practice.
  • Evaluate the importance of carrying out incident analysis and develop experience applying different analytical tools to real life scenarios.
  • Critically reflect upon how this learning can be used to improve patient safety in your own workforce.
  • Critically consider the mechanisms for escalating and communicating concerns within the legal and ethical frameworks required for safe practice.


Course content

Indicative module content includes:

  • National and local patient safety and risk policy
  • Regulation and quality monitoring
  • Error reporting
  • Human factors
  • Adverse Incidents
  • Professional codes of conduct and accountability
  • Critical incident analysis
  • Open and fair cultures
  • Decision making in relation to Patient Safety, Quality and Risk
  • Data collection and analysis in relation to service improvement and safety plans.

Learning and teaching methods

Learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Individual and Group Tutorials
  • Asynchronous guided e-learning
  • Discussion
  • Case Studies / Scenarios
  • Groupwork
  • Independent Study.


A case study (3000 words) critically evaluating a patient safety incident utilising a range of appropriate tools. Students will examine and justify the appropriateness of the analysis tools utilised in this specific incident and apply this knowledge to their own future practice.

Formative assessment: A short presentation outlining the case study they will discuss in their summative coursework, exploring and justifying the appropriateness of analysis tools utilised in their critical evaluation of the incident. 

Course leader

Reading list

Take a look at the module reading list.

Entry requirements

  • Ability to study at level 7
  • Recognised healthcare professional qualification and current professional registration with the NMC, HCPC, GPhC. 
  • Employed within UK healthcare as a registered healthcare professional. 

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.

Send your completed application to

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations and our terms and conditions. You are also confirming you have read and understood the University's prospective student privacy notice.

If your sponsoring healthcare provider is funding you for this module, by submitting an application you agree to allow all information regarding your module (for example your exam results) to be shared with the sponsoring provider.

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. 


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to module content) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the module. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a module with us. Read the full disclaimer.

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