Developing Innovation in Practice HEA3130


This module has been designed in partnership with the Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust, to further develop staff in their ability to identify areas of practice where cost efficiencies can be made through the use of innovative models and approaches to innovative thinking. This module seeks to further support staff in challenging their current practice and that of others in developing alternative approaches, stratifying risks to staff and patients and estimating efficiency savings.

Module Code: HEA3130
Level: 6
Credits: 10
Cost: £340 for Sept 2019 to July 2020

Who is this module for?

This module is likely to attract staff who are in a position to be actively involved in managing change and innovation in their own practice context. As such, they should be able to draw upon prior/current experiences to inform new understanding. Consequently, group work, peer review, discourse and debate, will be actively encouraged as a learning mechanism.

What are the key aims of the programme?

Since 2010, comprehensive spending reviews have called for a 20 billion pound 'efficiency saving' across the NHS (Nicholson, 2010). Such spending reviews pose a significant challenge amidst a UK economy already in upheaval and with an NHS workforce under continual scrutiny. The necessity for healthcare professionals to adopt a critical approach to methods of practice to provide efficient, innovative, cost-effective solutions, is fundamental to care delivery. As a result, this module has been designed to enhance the knowledge and understanding of staff in approaches to innovation and to identify areas of practice that could be subject to cost efficiency savings. This module centres on the consideration of how to do things differently, or alternatively, how to do the same things in a different way, to create a benefit for patients and staff.

What will I study?

• Drivers in NHS efficiencies;
• Clinical governance;
• Models and approaches to innovation;
• Developing innovative practice;
• Risk stratification in innovation;
• Options appraisal;
• Critical thinking;
• Productivity/efficiency - the productive ward;
• PDSA/LEAN - service improvement.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will be embedded into the seminars and workshops. Each participant will be encouraged to make contribution to inter-professional discussions, justifying their own opinion and identifying options in respect of case studies where innovations have occurred. These 'rehearsals' will inform their final summative piece of work, as they allow for consideration, selection and indeed, rejection of approaches to innovation. The intention is that students will articulate 'how to do things differently or how to do the same things in a different way', through the production of a poster. In articulating their own understanding, they will engage in self-critical review and will seek peer comment and feedback on any options appraisal in progress. The poster will be used as the platform for the viva, which will be summatively assessed.

Students will be required to produce a poster, which identifies and rationalises the innovation in practice, to include consideration of appropriate drivers. The poster should identify the options available for managing the innovation, to include consideration of both benefits and risks. There should be evidence of a rationale for the preferred option for managing the innovation.

Using the previously developed poster, students will be subject to a 10 minute viva, which explores the underpinning drivers for innovation and the resultant options appraisal.

On successful completion you will:

• Critically evaluate the current drivers for innovation in practice.
• Critically review an options appraisal within a specified area of practice, utilising models of innovation, to identify cost efficiencies and stratified risk towards both patients and staff.

Study Dates and Venues

Further Information

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

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