Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Clinical Governance and Quality Improvement MED5564

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course will cover the concept of severity scoring, predicted mortality, standardised mortality ratios and National bench-marking in Critical Care as well as the use of Morbidity and Mortality reviews for learning and education. The principles of quality improvement and clinical audit will also be discussed.


A variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials and work based learning will be scheduled throughout semester 1.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





1. 1000 word report. (80%)


2. Set exercise (20%)  

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the broader non-clinical aspects of Critical Care. The students will gain insights into how quality of care is measured and benchmarked against other Critical Care units Nationally. Students will also be introduced the concept of reflective practice using structured Morbidity and Mortality reviews and how this process can be used for learning and improving standards. The students will gain an appreciation of the importance of ongoing audit and quality improvement in Critical Care.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

1. Critically evaluate the performance of a unit (ICU or similar) in comparison to national and international standards.

2. Apply management strategies in response to common problems and issues arising in critical care or related fields.

3. Demonstrate how to implement change and improve quality of clinical care with particular reference to clinical audit

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.