Teesside University

Teesside University

Advancing Human Factors in Health and Social Care

The programme develops and equips critical advocates/leaders of change who can use a human factors approach to enhance the quality, safety and governance of person-centred outcomes in health and social care. This includes the leadership of a change project in the workplace that requires the application of comprehensive knowledge, understanding, expertise and advanced skills in a health and social care setting. The programme is suitable for individuals from the public, independent and voluntary sectors, from any professional background, including clinical and support services. Students develop in-depth, specialist knowledge of human factors and gain experience in using this to enhance the quality, safety and governance of care. Students also study improvement science, leading change and a multi-perspective approach to determining and measuring performance and the impact of change. This includes planning an evaluation study based on the change they have implemented.

Entry requirements

Applicants should: be working in a health or social care setting or associated agencies; have an honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent work-based experience. Applicants with other qualifications may be considered if they can provide evidence of being able to study at master's level.

Course modules

Core modules: leading person-centred quality improvement in health and social care; using a human factors approach to quality improvement in health and social care.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include written assessments such as an essay analysing a quality, safety and governance issue using a human factors approach and a project-based evaluation research proposal, as well as a poster presentation and oral defence of a change project. Formative processes include an informal presentation on the improvement project plan and initial implementation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time September 2016 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Teesside University Middlesbrough TS1 3BA North East

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Key information

School of Health and Social Care
Telephone number: 
01642 384176