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Implementation and Improvement Science: Principles for Practice.

The module is designed to introduce students to this relatively new and expanding science that has grown from national and international ambition to bring about quality improvements and enhance patient safety by closing the theory practice-gap, encouraging more effective use of research evidence within practice. Implementation and Improvement Science examines the practice of generating evidenced based innovations and approaches to facilitating and sustaining effective implementation of policy and interventions in practice. It draws on theory and practice from a broad range of other professional disciplines (e.g. sociology, management, behavioural psychology, science and technology).

The module content and design encourages students to critically explore a range of strategies to support the integration of research findings with practice, whilst considering this within the context of an ever changing working environment and policy landscape.

Throughout the module students engage with a wide range learning activities which aim to develop both knowledge and skills; offering practical insight into how to make best use of resources and evidence, subsequently optimizing chances of success in effectively implementing ideas within the context of their own professional practice.


Learning outcomes:  

  • Critically discuss the concept and role of Implementation and Improvement Science in the context of health and social care from patient and public, national and international perspectives.
  • Critically appraise the relevance and value of a range of implementation and improvement methodologies, frameworks and strategies; comparing and contrasting their relative merits and limitations.
  • Analyse situational context, critically evaluating how external factors, organizational culture, leadership and systems influence and impact on the process of change and adoption within practice.
  • Synthesize information from a variety of disciplines and sources; critically evaluate best evidence for designing and delivering effective and safe care.
  • Demonstrate critical application of principles, theories and frameworks and develop strategies to overcome the challenges to effective implementation of research finding in practice.
  • Demonstrate capacity to develop action plans, systematically measure outcomes and effectively disseminate and reflect on ideas.

Who is the module for:  

Experienced health and social care professionals and healthcare researchers

Module code:   MCP7103X


Entry criteria:  

Number of credits and level of study:   15 credits at level 7.

Assessment:   The assessment for this module is comprised of a formative and summative activity:
A formative assessment (during the taught component) will require students to analyze in groups a scenario. During a seminar students will present their analysis demonstrating consideration of key aspects outlined in the scenario to staff and peers; this will be followed by a question and answer session

The summative assessment will be a written report of 2500 words (100%) relating to formative assessment scenario. Students will be required to write and individual account of the development of the group based analysis , discussing this the context of current implementation science literature, acknowledging the merits and limitations of their ideas and alternative approaches that could be taken.

Location:   St George's, University of London

Pattern of Delivery:   Course delivered in 10 half day teaching sessions


Module dates*

  • 10 sessions
  • Thursday 10 January 2019
  • Thursday 17 January 2019
  • Thursday 24 January 2019
  • Thursday 31 January 2019
  • Thursday 7 February 2019
  • Thursday 14 February 2019
  • Thursday 21 February 2019
  • Thursday 7 March 2019
  • Thursday 14 March 2019
  • Thursday 13 June 2019

*Dates may change

Fee:   £828

Module leader:   Professor Annette Boaz (primary)

Implementation and Improvement Science: Principles for Practice.