Safe from Harm (Cardiothoracic Care) HEA3250


This module has been designed in partnership with the Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust to support staff in the development of their knowledge pertaining to patient safety and the prevention of harm. The module aims to equip staff, as part of the wider multi-disciplinary workforce, with an understanding of national drivers in patient safety and local 'safe from harm' initiatives, including governance and quality with the intention of applying knowledge in practice to keep patients 'Safe From Harm'. It also seeks to develop staff in acknowledging common risks in practice, planning their avoidance and managing risk to avoid complication through appropriate action planning.

Module Code: HEA3250
Level: 6
Credits: 20
Cost: £720 for Sept 2020 to July 2021

Who is this module for?

This module is applicable to the full range of registered practitioners who support and care for patients in a cardiothoracic setting.

What are the key aims of the programme?

The module aims to support and develop students to:

  • Evaluate macro, meso and micro drivers in patient safety across the NHS.
  • Analyse patient safety incidents in order to minimise risk and disseminate understanding.
  • Appraise impacts of human factors on patient safety.
  • Apply the principles of risk stratification and assessment

How Will I Study?

Five sessions, with attendance required. Please note this module will be co-taught with HEA 4501.

What will I study?

  • Factors that contribute to patient safety;
  • Cause/nature of patient harm;
  • Pathways of care for the four harms - pressure ulcers, falls, CA-UTI's and VTE;
  • Models for improvement;
  • National drivers in patient safety;
  • Safe from harm initiatives;
  • Safeguarding (patients and staff);
  • Human factors and ergonomics;
  • Risk stratification and risk management;
  • Patient incidences; - Incident reporting;
  • Action planning to avoid risk;
  • Communication in risk management Human factors;
  • Medicines safety;
  • Blood and blood products safety;
  • Never events;
  • Hospital acquired infection;
  • Medical devices;
  • Quality improvements/initiatives;
  • Critical analytical reflection.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment for this module is in two parts, as such students will be required to :-
1. Verbally present (20mins) a safe from harm case with focus upon the drivers that impact upon patient safety.

2. Produce a 2000 word critical analysis of a safe from harm event with specific focus on the human factors leading to an evaluation of the principles of risk assessment .

On successful completion you will:

Evaluate the drivers related to Safe from Harm, analyse patient safety incident, disseminate understanding of risk, appraise the role of human factors and undertake risk assessment and stratification

Study Dates and Venues

Further Information

For details of how to apply, please visit the apply page.

If you have any other queries about studying with us, please complete the online enquiry form.

For any other queries, you can contact the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health on [email protected].

For further module information, please contact the Module Co-ordinators:

Justine Brislen, Clinical Programme Lead
Email: [email protected] .
Tel: 0151 600 1686

Jeannette Ellis, Academic Programme Lead
Email: [email protected] .
Tel: 0151 529 6075


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