UCC CPD courses

Practice Enhancement for Quality Nursing and Healthcare


Fact File

  • Title

    Practice Enhancement for Quality Nursing and Healthcare

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Fees

    €900. See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Please see Entry Requirements Below See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    18th of October 2019

  • Venue


  • Credits


  • Start Date

    Runs from 6th January-17th February 2020


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

  • Critically review the process of quality improvement and its application to clinical practice.
  • Conduct an audit on an aspect relevant to clinical practice.
  • Disseminate results to clinical teams in conjunction with Quality Office, Director of Nursing, or Quality and clinical Team.
  • Identify actions required to close the quality loop.
  • Critically reflect on the process of enhancing the contribution of nursing to the delivery of patient care.
  • Develop and demonstrate critical faculties through advanced reflection skills.
  • Critically reflect on the process of introducing and evaluating nursing care initiatives at ward, unit or inter-departmental level.
  • Evaluate and reflect on the effectiveness of various nursing strategies which can be used to advance practice.
  • Demonstrate vision of professional practice that can be developed beyond scope of practice.


Module Objective: To enable the nurse to apply critical theoretical insights to the enhancement of quality Nursing and healthcare practice.

Module Content: Quality enhancement in nursing, continuous quality improvement, stakeholder perspectives on quality health care, standard setting, performance monitoring, patient/client satisfaction with health services, quality and equity of provision, clinical quality, nursing audit. Linking theory and practice. Learning experiences planned on individual interests, with emphases on gaining in-depth skills and knowledge of the clinical role in nursing, the process of developing excellence and scholarship in nursing practice, description, analysis and synthesis of the practice domain of nursing, the process of enhancing the contribution of nursing to the delivery of care, action, strategies to improve nursing practice, practice innovation.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Teaching Method(s): 200hr(s) Other (Online Learning; Discussion Board Preparation and Participation, Required Reading, Assignment Preparation and Submission, Self-Directed Learning).

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Digital Presentation  120 marks; Online activities- 80 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.


Applicants must be qualified Nurses registered with the regulatory body in their country of residence. Applicants must have a primary degree, Level 8 or equivalent. 

Applicants who are under 23 years of age must satisfy the minimum entry requirements as for the Degrees in Nursing or Midwifery, as set out here

Admission to the module(s) will be subject to internal university approval processes on the recommendation of the Head of School.

Applicants for Nursing and Midwifery CPD modules who do not hold an up-to-date IELTS certificate showing the requisite Academic Board approved CM&H scores must demonstrate evidence of appropriate work experience within an English language environment for at least the previous 2 years.

These modules will not necessarily run unless minimum recruitment targets of 10 students are achieved.

Fees and Costs

The fee for this module is €900.There is also a €35 application fee.

How Do I Apply

To apply for this module please download and complete the application form below and submit with the relevant documents to:

CPD Coordinator,

Graduate Studies Office, West Wing, Main Quad, University College Cork

OR via email at cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie


Application Form:

CPD App Form School of Nursing and Midwifery

Forward this form along with the:

  • Application fee,
  • A passport sized photograph and
  • Any other documentation requested on the form.