UCC CPD courses

Evidence Based Practice for Quality Improvement in Healthcare NU6310


Fact File

  • Title

    Evidence Based Practice for Quality Improvement in Healthcare NU6310

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    See below.

  • Teaching Mode

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

  • Fees

    €900 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Detailed Entry Requirements. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    30th October 2020

  • Venue

    Delivered fully on-line; students do not attend workshop dates.

  • Credits


  • Start Date

    15th February 2021


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

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the development of evidence-based practice for quality improvement in healthcare.
  • Formulate focused research questions as a basis for searching for evidence to address a healthcare/clinical query concerning quality improvement.
  • Analyse and critically examine evidence relevant to student's practice/healthcare area.
  • Critically appraise current debates on evidence-based practice and their implications for quality improvement in healthcare.
  • Adopt a critical and reflective stance on how practitioners and healthcare providers can engage with the evidence-based practice movement for quality improvement in healthcare.
  • Examine strategies to evaluate the effects of evidence-based practice changes in practice.

Module Objective: To equip the student with a critical frame of reference with which to evaluate and apply evidence-based practice for quality improvement in healthcare.

Module Content: This module explores the development and substance of evidence-based practice in healthcare in its broadest scope. Turning healthcare and clinical queries into focused questions from which to search the evidence. Search strategies across a range of databases relevant to healthcare. Matching a research question with the most appropriate study design. Critically appraising evidence to understand its quality and implications for translation into quality improvement initiatives in healthcare. Strategies for implementing evidence and for developing an evidence-based culture for quality improvement in healthcare are explored. Evaluating the effects of evidence-based practice changes in practice.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Duration: 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 (1 x 2,000 word report on a quality improvement initiative:- 120 marks; On-line activities:- 80 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.


Applicants must be qualified healthcatre professionals registered with the regulatory body in their country of residence. Applicants must have a primary degree, NFQ 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

€900 plus €35 application fee.

How Do I Apply

How Do I Apply:

To apply for this module:

  1. Download and complete the application form at the link below
  2. Gather any additional documents required (including a passport-style photo)
  3. Pay your €35 application fee for this module via UCC’s Online Portal, noting your Application ID: Click here to proceed to UCC’s Online Portal
  4. Send your completed application form, photo and any relevant documents, including your application ID via email to cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie


Application Form:

CPD Module Application Form 2020/21

This module is open for applications

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