Module code: HCRM037

Module Overview

This module builds on the learning from ‘Transforming Services for Quality’ and introduces the fundamental concepts, underpinning theories, and tools of implementation science in improving the quality and effectiveness of health and social care services. Students will have the opportunity to explore how their proposed change initiative could be effectively and routinely implemented in their organisation. They will consider the roadblocks to implementation and strategies to mitigate against these. Students will develop a clear understanding of the similarities and differences between clinical research, quality improvement methods, dissemination and implementation studies and how we can best integrate them to maximise success of implementing small or large scale change initiatives. The assessment will enable them to demonstrate the depth of their understanding and insight into effective application of implementation principles and methods to create a roadmap to stimulate, facilitate, sustain, and scale up positive and successful change in practice for health and social care improvement.

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

Workshop Hours: 11

Independent Learning Hours: 83

Lecture Hours: 10

Seminar Hours: 2

Tutorial Hours: 10

Practical/Performance Hours: 8

Guided Learning: 20

Captured Content: 6

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Pre-requisite for this module is:

  • Successful completion of HCRM013 / HCR3008 Transforming Services for Quality or demonstration of equivalent knowledge and understanding.

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Introduction to Implementation Science (IS) in the Context of Knowledge Translation, Translational Medicine, Clinical Research and Quality improvement

  • Overview of IS theories, Models and Frameworks

  • Doing IS Research and Evaluation: Formulating the IS Question, Design and Methods

  • Key IS concepts: IS Strategies and Outcomes, Context, Fidelity, Adaptation, Scalability and Sustainability

Stakeholder Engagement and Communication Tips to Influence and Lead Change

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Project implementation plan 70
Oral exam or presentation Presentation 30

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate: their understanding of the role and use of implementation science and methods to support a change in their practice environment. This will be achieved through the creation of a written plan to demonstrate in depth understanding of how implementation science principles and tools can be utilised to inform development, evaluation and implementation of the proposed change initiative. This is supported through an in class presentation.


  Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • A project implementation plan which analyses the rationale and stages of project implementation plan (PIP), 2,500 Word Limit (Addresses Learning Outcomes: 1-5)

  • A presentation designed to explain and market the proposed change to the targeted audience,  (Addresses Learning outcomes, 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6)


Formative assessment

Students will submit a sample of writing (approx. 10% of final word count) for feedback prior to summative assessment, this will often be an outline of their proposed PIP.



Additionally, students will be supported with a peer review/ clinic style discussion in preparation for the assignment. Feedback Students will receive feedback in the following ways:


• In class feedback/ discussion


• Responses to email or online discussions


• Weekly group tutorials



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

Module aims

  • This module aims to:
    Introduce the scientific principles, theories, frameworks, models and methodologies of implementation to inform planning, development and evaluation/implementation of a new or an evidence based change initiative in practice.
    The practical focus of this module will give students the opportunity to learn and apply implementation science research (including theories and relevant methodologies) in implementing and sustaining change in their practice environments.
    Through discussions with peers, tutors and experts presenting real world implementation studies, this module equips students with tools, knowledge and understanding to apply their learning to lead current and future change projects within their organisation.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate in depth knowledge and appreciation of different approaches in evaluation and implementation science including hybrid effectiveness and implementation trial designs, implementation strategies and outcomes. KCPT
002 Undertake an in-depth exploration of the challenges of adoption and widespread use of new or evidence based practice changes within health and social care contexts and discuss how, why and under what conditions the type of interventions and contexts can affect the implementation success or failure. KCPT
003 Critically discuss the different approaches of knowledge translation improvement and implementation science and identify how their synergies can leverage the strength of each other to improve patient safety. KCPT
004 Demonstrate awareness of how to formulate implementation research questions and how these determine the research methods and implementation strategies that should be used to test them in real world settings. KCPT
005 Display a critical understanding of how policy and evidence should be utilised to support the case for change and implementation plan development. KCPT
006 Develop innovative and effective presentation skills to create momentum, influence and support change. KCPT

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 how implementation science can be used within a specific area of their practice, critically analysing and applying contemporary theory and evidence to the challenges of implementing new or evidence based change in the modern health and social care environment.

The learning and teaching methods include:

• Lectures
• Small Group Discussions
• Guided E-Learning
• Self directed study


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.

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Other information

The school of Health Sciences is committed to developing graduates with strengths in Employability, Digital Capabilities, Global and Cultural Capabilities, Sustainability, and Resourcefulness and Resilience. This module is designed to allow students to develop knowledge, skills, and capabilities in the following areas:

Digital capabilities:

The module empowers students with digital skills by exploring innovative uses of technology in health and social care, fostering digital literacy through online learning and encouraging students to consider how digital technology may play a role within their change for practice.



By examining the evolving health and social care agenda, the module enhances students' employability, ensuring they stay informed about industry trends and develop skills to proactively change their working environments; a key skill for modern health and social care workers.


Global & Cultural Capabilities:

The module equips students to navigate wide ranging healthcare environments and appreciate the impact of change on diverse populations and workforces.


Resourcefulness & Resilience:

Emphasising innovation and change management, the module guides students in developing resourcefulness to effectively implement new practices and resilience to navigate challenges inherent in the transformation of healthcare practices.



The module encourages students to consider the long-term scalability and sustainability of changes in healthcare delivery, ensuring that innovations contribute positively to the quality of service provision while addressing environmental and resource considerations.


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Education for Health Professionals PGDip 2 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% to pass the module
Leadership in Healthcare MSc 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 2025/6 academic year.