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HMPR3008 Governance in Action

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to enable the student to contribute towards the development of governance within healthcare organisations. 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 healthcare organisations.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Collaboratively plan and communicate a governance framework
  • 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 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


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

Preparation for scheduled sessions157
Total study time187

Resources & Reading list

Staniland, K (2009). A sociological ethnographic study of clinical governance implementation in one NHS Hospital Trust. Clinical Governance : an international journal.. ,14 , pp. 271-280.

Hogan, H., et al. (2007). Consultants' attitudes to clinical governance : barriers and incentives to engagement. Public Health. ,121 , pp. 614-622.

Essential Standards of Quality and safety. 

OPM and CIPFA (2004). The Good Governance Standard for Public Services. 


Assessment Strategy

The assessments enable the student to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of governance and its importance within a place of work which acknowledges the current and political and health and social care environment. The assessment will be in two parts, formative and summative.




MethodPercentage contribution
Critical review  (2000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual synoptic essay  (3500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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