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Patient Safety and Cultural Variance 7KANP004

Key information

Subject area:

Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care

Course type:

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Credit level:


Credit value:



4 months

Available course dates:

From: 24 April 2025 To: 10 July 2025
Application deadline: 15 March 2025

Course overview

This module aims to analyse patient safety in the context of culture, with a focus on defining and creating a strong safety culture. You will explore the development of patient safety as a discipline, paradigms in patient safety and how organisational and wider cultural influences impact and shape our approach to patient safety. There will be a focus on how we define and measure patient safety, how we recognise and respond to patient safety incidents and the latest thinking on how a strong safety culture promotes effective learning and emphasises improvement activity in healthcare. You will reflect on how staff and patients offer different perspectives on patient safety and safety cultures, and you will consider new horizons in patient safety from a research, policy and operational perspective.

What will I achieve?

  • Display mastery in analysing complex clinical scenarios related to patient safety.
  • Demonstrate expertise in evaluating factors that may impact on patient safety.
  • Show a mastery in usage of contemporary tools and resources to address and manage issues related to patient safety in practice.

Who is this for?

Qualified healthcare professionals or those working in patient safety.

How will I be assessed?

Analysis of a patient safety incident from practice (3000 word written assignment)

What is the teaching schedule?

24/04/2025, 01/05, 08/05, 15/05, 22/05, 29/05, 05/06, 12/06, 19/06, 26/06, 03/07, 10/07

Further information

This module is offered as part of King’s College London’s flexible postgraduate awards in Professional Development. These awards will be one of the most flexible currently offered in the UK, providing the opportunity to study a range of modules from across King’s, both on-campus and online. You can complete individual modules and stack these towards a PgCert, PgDip or MA/MSc.

Designed for experienced professionals juggling life and work commitments, our postgraduate awards will enable you to study at your own pace. In challenging financial times, you are also able to fund your studies module-by-module. We will support you to select the right module diet that meets your objectives while ensuring that you are well prepared for success. We will also help you to build your professional network of peers from across our suite of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) modules.

If you are interested in following this award route, please visit our webpage for further information or email Please note that this route will require you to meet the following entry requirements:

  • A 2.2 honours degree or international equivalent
  • A CV and personal statement outlining your reasons for study
  • English language band D (for example, IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill)
  • A professional registration in nursing or another allied health profession.

Please note that the above route is optional. You may still take the module as a standalone course within the faculty. You will not be permitted to count credit from this module towards a Professional Development award if you have already used it, or intend to use it, as part of a faculty-based award.

Course status:

Course closed

Full fee £3400


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