HS7254: Service Improvement / Evaluation Project


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HS7254: Service Improvement / Evaluation Project

Module Title Service Improvement / Evaluation Project
Module Code HS7254
Module Tutor Simon Chippendale
School School of Health and Social Care
CAT Points 60
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

The Service Improvement / Evaluation Project aims to provide an alternative to a traditional dissertation. You will identify an area of concern from practice raised by a complaint, service key performance indicator, change in policy or following a critical incident. You will develop a project proposal to plan, implement, evaluate and disseminate a service improvement. The project will be developed from a detailed description of the area of concern and review of the literature. Following a model of change you will implement and report on your service improvement. Where appropriate ethics committee approval may be required (students should note that approval from relevant ethics committees may be a course requirement) together with management support and local service development procedures.

Indicative Syllabus

The content of the Service development / evaluation project will vary according to the individual interests of the student but will fall within the broad parameters of the student’s course. The Project requires the student to conduct an original piece of work.

The securing of ethics approval and the selection and application of suitable research methods and / or service policy development procedures is an important part of the exercise and the project should engage critically with the evidence base.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Plan, implement, evaluate and disseminate a service improvement or evaluation within their area of practice.
  2. Critically analyse the evidence base from a range of sources
  3. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the theory of change management
  4. Prepare the documentation required for ethics/service policy development approval as appropriate;
  5. Conduct data analysis in accordance with the methodological conventions of the chosen area of study.
  6. Develop conclusions and recommendations for dissemination.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 15
Independent Learning Hours: 885
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 10% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 2000 word equivalent (Project Proposal)
002: 90% Coursework: Individual, dissertation/major project: 15000-18000 word equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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