Continuing Professional Development

Quality Improvement in Practice


The details
Quality improvement in practice
60 credits
Level 6
22 January 2022
Colchester Campus, Southend Campus

Do you want to influence or effect changes in your work-place that will lead to better outcomes for patients or users of health and social care services? Do you want to develop your knowledge and skills in quality improvement and use these across your organisation?

Increasingly practitioners in all fields are required to innovate and improve. This module offer you a creative space to acquire and reflect on professional and organisational development skills and knowledge through the completion of a service improvement project.

 This module fits well in our MA Professional Practice pathway, or into our Health Care Practice pathway at Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Masters level.

Learning outcomes

  • Source and critically analyse appropriate information from a range of sources, with minimal guidance
  • Synthesise and utilise knowledge and skills to enhance current practice
  • Demonstrate advanced judgement in problem identification, problem solving and decision making within your professional role
  • Engage in self appraisal and critical reflection
  • Demonstrate effective communication with clients and colleagues in the development of practice

Our expert staff

The module is led by the Interprofessional Learning Lead for the School, Penny Hodgkinson; supervisors are drawn from our expert team of staff from nursing, allied health and social care profession as well as those with research backgrounds. All have considerable background in professional experience, service management and leadership as well quality improvement delivery.


Module Outline

The module is launched with a workshop in which you explore your ideas for service and quality improvement and the development you will need. You develop your ideas and learning under the guidance of an academic supervisor in regular tutorials.

We ask also that you have a work-placed mentor to support the delivery of your project in your work-place and the learning needs that arise there.

Teaching and learning disclaimer

Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.

Assessment strategy

You write up an account of your service or quality improvement project along with a reflective commentary on the learning and development you derived from undertaking the project.

Fees and funding

Our CPD Funding page has more information on fees for our modules and potential funding sources.

What's next

We have guidance on making your application and the forms to download on our how to apply page.

Get in touch

If you require further details about this module, including future course dates, please email