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Investigating Serious Incidents

1 year
September 2024
Online learning

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Investigating Serious Incidents will provide you with a thorough grounding in the theory, evidence base and practice of investigating serious case incidents as part of a senior role within your organisation.

Why study with us

  • This is the only University-accredited course in the UK which helps to prepare people in the investigation of serious untoward incidents.
  • Course content is delivered by experts in the field of Serious Incident Investigation, from clinical and legal backgrounds.
  • The course includes the perspectives of the families affected by serious incidents in mental health care.

What you'll do

  • The course takes you through the stages of the investigation process.
  • The programme utilises a systematic approach, including information gathering, interviewing, analysing data and writing up a final report suitable for publication.
  • The structure of the course includes 3 core modules at 20 credits each.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise

Alison Elliott smiling in a black and white jumper outdoors
Alison Elliott
Senior Lecturer in Mental Health
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Alison qualified as an RMN in 1986, and spent the majority of her career working in secure mental health and learning disability settings, as a Ward Manager, then Matron / Integrated Team Manager, but has also worked in community and adult and older adult in-patient settings. S…

Industry links

Many academics are research and clinically active, and have strong links with local NHS Trusts (particularly Lancashire and South Cumbria Foundation NHS Trust, Mersey Care Foundation NHS Trust).

Fees and funding

Distance Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits
Distance Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.


This course is based in the School of Nursing and Midwifery

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