Module Details

Module Code: NURS N9029
Full Title: Quality and Innovation
Valid From:: Semester 1 - 2021/22 ( September 2021 )
Language of Instruction:English
Duration: 1 Semester
Credits:: 10
Module Owner::
  • Geraldine O'Connor
  • Myles Hackett
Departments: Nursing Midwifery & Early Years
Module Description: The aim of this module is to develop students' understanding of quality, quality improvement and innovation. The module will focus on the context, key principles and competencies associated with quality and innovation. The
module will create a critical awareness of the
contemporary themes. It will encourage the student to explore how quality is defined and
measured in relation to health and/or social care. The module will include quality improvement methodology. There will be a focus on application to practice and students will consider aspects of quality and innovation from their own area of practice and application of theory
Module Learning Outcome
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Module Learning Outcome Description
MLO1 Demonstrate and apply the principles of Quality Improvement.
MLO2 Demonstrate and apply the science of improvement and improvement principles.
MLO3 Utilise different techniques of data collection and measurement and understand the role of measurement in improvement.
MLO4 Demonstrate the ability to identify the opportunities in practice to analyse opportunites for improvement
MLO5 Synthesise the range of improvement methods available for reducing harm to service user
MLO6 Demonstrate the appropriate use of at least one improvement tool in a service context and participate/lead on an improvement activity.
MLO7 Apply the principles of positive risk taking in care practice.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named DkIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Module Indicative Content
Quality and Innovation
Key themes: quality, quality improvement, frameworks, regulation, personal stories; What is quality? What is quality improvement? Where does quality improvement come from? Frameworks for improving quality – HSE, IHI, outside Ireland, CORU, Mental Health Commission and QSUS Regulation as a driver of quality When Regulation goes wrong Personal stories on patient/client/service user experience Understanding Innovation
Using quality-improvement methods/innovation to improve care
Key themes: change Management, PDSA cycle, change concepts, variation, qualityimprovement methods, improvement tools, flowcharts, cause and effect diagrams (Ishikawa/fishbone diagrams), Pareto charts, histograms, run charts, driver diagrams, process mapping Focus on major quality improvement themes – co-design/co-production, Lean, Model for Improvement including PDSA Understanding of broader theme terminology and the science of quality improvement Application of change management - leading and implementing change Understanding tools and techniques used in quality and innovation
Underlying Principles to Support Quality Improvement & Innovation
Key themes: Understanding data for improvement, Statistical Process Control, The role of measurement in improvement, Outcome measures, Process measures, Balancing measures, innovation methods and inclusive working. Failure as a measure of success. Data and measurement for improvement Patient/Client/Service User engagement Statistical process control Common Cause Variation / Special Cause Variation Policy decisions as a driver of quality Developing Policies Procedures and Guidelines Tools and Techniques Tools and techniques will be populated throughout this module Case studies
Module Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Module Special Regulation


Part Time On Campus

Course Work
Assessment Type Continuous Assessment % of Total Mark 30
Marks Out Of 100 Pass Mark 0
Timing n/a Learning Outcome 1,2
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Driver Diagram
Assessment Type Continuous Assessment % of Total Mark 70
Marks Out Of 100 Pass Mark 0
Timing n/a Learning Outcome 3,4,5,6,7
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Undertake or be part of a service improvement activity related to the students individual area of practice
No Project
No Practical
No Final Examination
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

This module has no Full Time On Campus workload.
Workload: Part Time On Campus
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact Lecture Once per semester 0.60 9
Practical Contact Practical/Workshop Once per semester 0.60 9
Tutorial Contact tutorial Once per semester 1.20 18
Total Weekly Learner Workload 2.40
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.40
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Langley J. (2009), The Improvement Guide: A Practical Approach to Enhancing Organizational Performance, 2nd. Jossey-Bass.
  • Provost, P.. (2011), The Health Care Data Guide: Learning from Data for Improvement.
  • Robert C. Lloyd. (2004), Quality Health Care, Jones & Bartlett Learning, p.343, [ISBN: 0763748056].
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Website, AHRQ.
  • Website, afety-office/. National Patient Safety Office.