Module code: HCRM037

Module Overview

This module builds on the learning from HCRM013. The module is focused on underpinning theories of implementation science and change management designed to support change in practice. Students will have the opportunity to explore how their proposed innovation from HCRM013 could be effectively implemented. They will consider the barriers to change and opportunities to mitigate against these. Students will develop a clear understanding of the process of effective change management. The assignment will enable them to demonstrate the depth of their understanding and insight into effective application of implementation science.

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

CHRYSANTHAKI Theopisti (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 114

Lecture Hours: 36

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Completion of the taught element of HCRM013 Transforming Services for Quality or demonstration of equivalent knowledge and understanding.

Module content

Indicative content includes:
• Quality improvement theory
• Implementation science theory
• The human element of change
• Communication and presentation skills to influence change
• Utilising effective project management tools

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Project implementation plan and poster promoting the planned change to staff with audio presentation 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
their understanding of quality improvement and implementation science. This will be achieved through application to practice utilising a poster presentation and Project Implementation Plan to market the proposal to their intended audience, supported by an audio presentation which will analyse and critique the other elements of the assessment.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
• A poster designed to explain and market the proposed change to colleagues (30%)
• A project implementation document which analyses the stages of project implementation (30%)
• Audio presentation to support the above which will analyse and critique the stages of the project against the underpinning theory (40%)

Formative assessment

Students will have the opportunity to submit a detailed plan of their work to tutorial staff. Additionally students will be supported with a peer review/ clinic style discussion in preparation for the assignment.

Students will receive feedback in the following ways:
• In class feedback/ discussion
• Responses to email or online discussions
• Formative assessment
• Summative assessment
• Individual tutorials as requested

Please note that any evidence of unsafe practice or breach of confidentiality will result in an automatic refer for the module.

Module aims

  • Examine the conceptual basis of quality improvement and implementation science applying it to a specific area of practice within healthcare. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on the necessary skills required for effective change in practice within healthcare.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate in depth knowledge and appreciation of quality improvement and implementation science theory. CK
002 Undertake an in-depth exploration of the challenges of implementing change within healthcare. PT
003 Critically evaluate, challenge and present data and research evidence in a format that will persuade staff of the need for change CK
004 Develop innovative and effective presentation skills to influence and support change CKPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Facilitate students to reflect on the challenges of quality improvement within a specific area of their practice, critically analysing and applying contemporary theory to the challenges of modern healthcare practice.

The learning and teaching methods include:

• Lectures
• Discussions
• E-learning
• Self directed learning
• reflection

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Leadership in Healthcare MSc 2 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% to pass the module
Advanced Practice (Public Health Practice) PGCert 2 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% to pass the module
Education for Health Professionals MA 2 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% to pass the module
Public Health Practice MSc 2 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% to pass the module
Education for Health Professionals PGDip 2 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.