PG Cert in Human Factors and Ergonomics for Patient Safety

Summary: This course is aimed at those who want a broad human factors education with a focus on aspects concerned with promoting patient safety in all healthcare sectors.

Provider: Loughborough Design School
Location: Loughborough
Duration: 12 months (min) to 4 years (max)
Knowledge/experience needed: Students must complete the two day Induction. This is normally the week before the first module of this course.

Current and past students on our programmes come from a range of backgrounds, both in the UK and internationally. Degrees and experience held include the fields of occupational health, physiotherapy, health sciences/practice, psychology, industrial design, human physiology, kinesiology, and branches of engineering. For our PG Cert programmes we assess applicants on a case-by-case basis.

The PG Cert can be studied full time (4 modules in 12 months) or part time (4 modules over 2-4 years).

Successful completion of this PG Cert programme allows students the opportunity to study for the Diploma and MSc.

Expected outcomes: An accredited PG Cert qualification in Human Factors and Ergonomics for Patient Safety.

Course duration: Full time (1 year), Part time (2-4 years). Starts in October each year.

Course content

A key feature of our ergonomics programmes is the way in which we deliver them. You will study four modules for this PG Cert – each is taught over a one week intensive period at Loughborough University, these are also known as block taught modules. Outside of this time, you will be expected to complete prepared programme materials and assignments using email and the internet. We will provide you with access to an interactive online system with additional materials and information. The four modules are:

Introduction to Ergonomics 
This module gives an overview of the different areas of ergonomics, providing orientation and context for future modules. In doing so, it introduces many of the academic and research staff who teach on the programmes, along with their areas of expertise and research. The module also gives a first consideration to a range of issues involved in the use and evaluation of products, equipment and other ergonomics interactions.
Module content: the history, philosophy, definition and scope of ergonomics; the human-machine-environment system; examples of research and practice in a wide range of ergonomics specialties.
Teaching and learning: seminars, lectures and guided independent study
Assessment: group product evaluation and presentation, and individual report

Human Factors and Systems 
The aim of this module is to enable you to understand the role of people in systems, and to examine methods for analysing complex systems and designing systems with effective roles for people. Human error is considered by looking at the causation of near misses, incidents, accidents and disasters, in the context of sociotechnical systems thinking.
Module content: the system approach with ergonomics and the role played by humans; methods for carrying out systems ergonomics; task analysis and allocation; accidents and errors; applications in information systems; patient safety; interactive design; job design and teams; human reliability
Teaching and learning: tutorials, practical classes and workshops, lectures and guided independent study
Assessment: class test and essay

Human Function 
This module provides a foundation in human function relevant to ergonomics: anatomy, biomechanics, physiology and anthropometry. This includes an understanding of physical performance in work and leisure activities.
Module content: human movement and how the musculoskeletal system supports postural stability; static and dynamic physical work affects; body structures and how work influences physiological systems; fundamentals of anthropometry related to work/activity and its application to design.
Teaching and learning: lectures, practical classes and guided independent study
Assessment: open book test and individual report

Healthcare Ergonomics and Patient Safety 
This module will include a range of topics from organisational culture to equipment user trials. It contextualises a range of ergonomic approaches within the health and community care sectors and considers how care delivery is affected by environmental design and safety culture.
Module content: safety culture and behaviour; the evaluation and development of spatial requirements for care; the design, purchasing and management of equipment solutions; patient and person handling in theatres, bariatrics, paediatrics and the range of community services; evaluating patient handling strategies and outcomes; patient safety systems and methods; financial analysis and the context of ergonomics within care organisations.
Teaching and learning: practical classes and workshops, lectures and guided independent study
Assessment: presentation and individual essay

If you are studying for a Postgraduate Certificate, tuition fees will be charged on a pro rata basis, according to the number of credits you are studying for. Please check with our University central office.

Loughborough University has been an international centre for Ergonomics and Human Factors for over 50 years. We have a world-leading reputation for research and teaching and are proud to have trained ergonomists and human factors specialists now working all over the world.