Investigating Serious Incidents PGCert

Investigating Serious Incidents PGCert

School of Nursing


Post- graduate





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Post-registration Recruitment
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, UCLan
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 893836/3839

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    Part-time: One Year

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    Campus, Part-time

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Why study this programme?

The course provides you with a thorough grounding in the theory, evidence base and practice of investigating serious case incidents as part of your senior role within your organisation. You will develop your understanding and knowledge of the legislation, procedures and guidance underpinning professional investigations of serious incidents.

You will develop your skills and expertise in terms of using a systematic process to undertake investigations and consider how you will apply these within your own practice and work environments.   

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Entry Requirements

Working in an area where there are incidents which require investigating to understand why they occurred.

Previous level 6 study is preferable, but experience and role will be considered in the context of the application.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

  • NU4065 Investigating serious incidents 
  • NU4064 Applied Skills and Expertise in Investigating Serious Incidents 
  • NP4015 Student Initiated Practice Development



Please see further information about the course below.

Further Information

As the only University accredited course in the UK which helps to prepare people in the investigation of serious untoward incidents, you’ll develop skills in the investigation of serious untoward incidents using a systematic methodology. The course takes you through the stages of the investigation process using a systematic approach, including information gathering; interviewing; analysing data through to the writing of a final report suitable for publication.

For further information about this course, please contact:

Alison Elliott, Course Leader:


The Lancashire Care NHS Trust Investigation and Learning team recently completed this PG Cert Investigating Serious Incidents course, and subsequently have won the Health Service Journal Value award 2018, for Improving the Value of NHS Support services. The award identifies the team’s participation in the course as a key action which lead to overall improvement in service user and staff satisfaction, as well as board-level recognition of improvement in the quality of investigations and reports. The Team Leader commented on the programme:

“The course has had a beneficial effect on the work of individual investigators and the work of the team as a whole. I have never been in team meetings with such well-informed debate (including references!)"

How to Apply

Individuals working for health and social care organisations should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from:

Post-registration Recruitment
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Post-registration Recruitment Team, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE
See further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 893836/3839


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The course will be delivered at the UCLan campus in Preston. The course will be delivered in blocks of up to three days over the academic year.