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HLTH6118 Governance in Action

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To enable the student to contribute towards the development of governance within their organisation. The student will focus on the principles of corporate and clinical governance which will facilitate their contribution to the principles of audit, risk management, critical incidence reporting, quality assurance, total quality management and probity in organisations

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Collaboratively plan and communicate a governance framework suitable for an executive level board
  • Critically analyse the purpose of governance with respect to clinical effectiveness, quality, risk management, patient safety and patient experience
  • Critically appraise strategies for the implementation and monitoring of clinical and corporate governance
  • Demonstrate critical awareness of the interface between organisations, stakeholders, staff and clients in the context of clinical and corporate governance and argue within the wider political context of health and social care services


• Introduction to terminology and the principles and development of governance • Roles and responsibilities of staff in governance • Clinical and corporate effectiveness • Audit in organisations • Clinical governance • Risk Management • Complaints Management • Legal Implications • Client experience and expectation

Special Features

For features such as field trips, information should be included as to how students with special needs will be enabled to benefit from this or an equivalent experience.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The sessions will be developed and consolidated through study days, self-directed exercises and reflection on experiences as a group. For example a pattern would be: • Collection of material on application and delivery of corporate strategy relating to clinical governance within their organisation • Keynote interactive lecture on risk management, audit and clinical effectiveness • Group tasks during study days related to the above • Analysis of scenarios relating to corporate and clinical governance • Synthesise and develop organisational relationships and develop stakeholder engagement

Independent Study220
Total study time250



Oral presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Critical review  (3500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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