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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.
Who is the module for:
Experienced health and social care professionals and healthcare researchers
Number of credits and level of study:
15 credits at level 7.
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.
St George's, University of London
Pattern of Delivery:
Course delivered in 10 half day teaching sessions
*Dates may change
Professor Annette Boaz (primary)