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Implementation and Improvement Science: Principles for Practice | MCP7103X | Level 7 (Postgraduate) | Credits 15 | 2021/22
Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education
Application Portal
Implementation and Improvement Science: Principles for Practice | MCP7103X | Level 7 (Postgraduate) | Credits 15 | 2021/22
06/01/2022 | half-day teaching (10-13) | Intake Closed
06/01/2022, 13/01/2022, 20/01/2022, 27/01/2022, 10/02/2022, 17/02/2022, 24/02/2022, 03/03/2022, 10/03/2022
16/06/2022 | Cohort 25 (Start March 2021) | Available
16/06/2022 (On Campus), 23/06/2022 (On Campus), 30/06/2022 (Online), 21/07/2022 (Online), 28/07/2022 (Online)


For more information regarding the Covid pandemic and how it might affect you please visit this page - https://www.healthcare.ac.uk/courses/covid-update/ 


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 this module for?

Experienced health and social care professionals



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.


Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Synthesize information from a variety of disciplines and sources; critically evaluate best evidence for designing and delivering effective and safe care.
  5. Demonstrate critical application of principles, theories and frameworks and develop strategies to overcome the challenges to effective implementation of research finding in practice. 
  6. Demonstrate capacity to develop action plans, systematically measure outcomes and effectively disseminate and reflect on ideas.


Course length: 10 half day teaching sessions


Course Notes

As a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic, your course may now have to be initially delivered partly online. Please use this link to see what the technology requirements are.




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Name: Jennifer Egbunike


*Trust Commissioning and Trust Non-contract funding same price as above

Mode of Delivery
Blended Learning. On-Campus sessions subject to change. If government advice changes, we may need to update our plans. If we do so, we will update this information, and will keep current students and offer holders informed by email.
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