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Major Accreditation Success For MSc Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors

Congratulations to the MSc Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors team, whose programme has just achieved accreditation with the Chartered Institute for Ergonomics and Human Factors.

The online Masters in Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors allows healthcare workers from all backgrounds to study online, while working full time, and gain knowledge and practical skills in Human Factors science that will improve health systems, and patient care around the world. The online masters is offered jointly with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Gaining accreditation with the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) is significant to the strategic vision for our MSc programme in Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors.

Accreditation benefits

Gaining CIEHF Accreditation:

• Increases the employability of our graduates – accreditation opens up membership opportunities where students can join as members and ultimately become a Chartered Ergonomist and Human Factors Specialist (C.ErgHF)

• Ensures that the core skills in Human Factors and Ergonomics are addressed in the Edinburgh MSc

• Provides greater recognition for our students – allowing them to become global leaders in their field

"Applying new skills to improve patient safety"

Dr. Domenica Coxon, Academic Lead, and Professor Steven Yule, Programme Director, led the intensive process of gaining accreditation.

Dr Coxon said “Participating in the accreditation process with the Chartered Institute for Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) encouraged us to think critically about the Edinburgh MSc in Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors, to ensure that graduating students learn skills and practical tools, and are competent in all 45 competencies.

The expert panel’s constructive feedback was extremely helpful, and allowed us to refine material on systems thinking, non-technical skills, and quality improvement, as well as programme flow, to better suit the needs of our students.”

Prof Yule said “Gaining accreditation means that students can be confident that the new skills they learn in Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors are aligned with established professional competencies.

We are already seeing students apply new skills to improve patient safety, implement human factors design to enhance clinical systems, and even gain promotions as a result of the MSc.”

The accrediting body

Dr Noorzaman Rashid, Chief Executive of The Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors said, "The University of Edinburgh have created an innovative and extremely relevant master's degree course.

Any student completing this course should feel confident that they have learnt the key skills required against an internationally recognised competency framework that should contribute to their career success."

 

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