Applications now open for 2023-2024 until June 30th.
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The RCPI Postgraduate Certificate in Quality Improvement Leadership in Healthcare one year programme is funded for HSE employees by the National Quality and Patient Safety Directorate (NQPSD).
The programme is accredited at level 9 with the National Quality Framework for the attainment of a minimum of 30 ECTS credits.
This is a team- and project-based learning programme, designed to provide learners with leading edge knowledge and skills in aspects of quality improvement, implementation science, patient safety and enhanced leadership capacity. The programme is a key implementation support for the HSE Patient Safety Strategy 2019-2024 in facilitating healthcare teams to identify and address the common causes of harm.
Previous Project - IMPROVING LUNG CANCER OUTCOMES:
A project to improve lung cancer outcomes in Ireland by decreasing the proportion of cases diagnosed at the late stage disease led to a 50% increase in e-referrals to rapid access clinics.
Programme learners apply as a multidisciplinary team of three members who commit to engaging in a workplace improvement project.
This programme aims to provide a transformative experience in terms of personal growth and leadership development. Teams are supported by expert faculty to analyse the systems in which they work and to evaluate, integrate and implement theories and methods of quality improvement.
On completion of the two modules of the programme, you will be able to:
When you complete the programme, you will join our vibrant network of Quality Improvement graduates, who regularly collaborate with the wider quality improvement movement in Ireland and internationally to share knowledge, insights and experiences - all in the best interests of patients and quality of care.
Previous Project - WHAT MATTERS TO YOU?
Initiative to promote co-produced care in CAMHS setting with collaborative care planning and a new, colourful goal-setting form to complete with young people increased the frequency of a young person’s goals listed in their care plans from 40% to 80% in new cases.
This programme is delivered using blended learning, which is a flexible way of completing the course that combines online educational materials and opportunities for interaction online with traditional place-based classroom methods and virtual classroom sessions.
The programme is delivered over 10 months and will include approximately 7 full-day in-person sessions, 5 full-day virtual classroom sessions and a series of virtual team calls.
All in-person sessions will be held in RCPI, No. 6 Kildare Street.
The virtual sessions will be held on zoom videoconferencing service www.zoom.us
The programme module and assessment strategy are currently being reviewed and will be made available to all successful applicants before the programme commences.
For reference, please refer to the programme handbook '22-'23 here
The dates are based on the 2023-2024 academic year. Successful teams will be informed with the decision letter.
You are expected to aim for 100% attendance and full engagement in the programme.
All course dates can be viewed in the LEARNING SESSION DATES tab at the top of this page. Scheduling is subject to confirmation for 2023-2024 academic year.
This programme is fully funded by the National Quality & Patient Safety Directorate, therefore it is free for those working in the HSE.
About the application form
The application form is completed online. The application process should involve all three team members though only one will submit on behalf of the team. It is possible to complete the form in stages using the SAVE FOR LATER option.
You will be asked to complete sections about your team member demographics and contact details, your experience of QI and you will be asked to explain your workplace improvement idea and why you feel your team should be selected.
You must provide the following with your application:
One person per team should complete and submit relevant accompanying letter(s) of support.
View the RCPI Admissions Policy and Procedure
You may appeal the admission decision within 10 working days of the decision. For information and assistance in appealing an admission decision, please see the following:
Applications are reviewed based on the proposed quality improvement project and whether the project fits in with the six domains of healthcare quality AND whether it addresses one of the common causes of harm. They are also assessed based on their previous involvement in QI (if any) and why the team think it would be beneficial for them to participate in the programme.
If you would like to speak to us about this programme please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Teams must consist of three members, all of whom must be working in Irish healthcare setting, whether hospital or community based.
• All three team members must commit to working together for the duration of the programme (12-18 months to include project write up and submission).
• Each team of three will comprise at least one consultant or equivalent senior health and social care professional.
• Teams should be multidisciplinary, for example including:
-Medical Consultant/Medical Specialist
-Chief Executive Officer
-Allied Health Professionals
-Human Resources personnel
All team members must:
-be working in the Irish health service.
-have a minimum of 3 years post-graduation experience as an employee in the health service.
-have a minimum Level 8 Honours Degree (Bachelor’s Degree or Higher Diploma).
English language requirements
If English is not a learners first language, they will have to be able to read and write English to a certain level to apply to RCPI.
Applicants whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of the following level of English language proficiency:
For teams in a hospital setting, the lead/senior person will be the most suitable team member and dependent on the proposed project, this will include a medical or surgical consultant. Some projects may not require a consultant to be part of the team.
For more information, please read our Admissions Policy.
There is currently no recognition of prior learning for this programme.
You can access the relevant policies and procedures linked below.
RCPI has procedures in place for the protection of enrolled learners. You can access the information on this through the policy and procedure linked below.
Teams that are accepted onto the programme will be informed with the decision letter. Scheduling is subject to confirmation for 2023-24 academic year.
|Induction||Virtual 1.5 hours||6 September 2023|
|Module 1 Unit 1, Day 1||In-person||12 September 2023|
|Module 1 Unit 1, Day 2||In-person||13 September 2023|
|Module 1 Unit 1, Day 3||In-person||14 September 2023|
|Module 1 Unit 2, Day 4||In-person||11 October 2023|
|Team Coaching||Virtual - allocated slot||15 November 2023|
|Team Coaching||Virtual - allocated slot||16 November 2023|
|Module 2 Unit 3, Day 5||Virtual||6 December 2023|
|Module 2 Unit 3, Day 6||Virtual||10 January 2024|
|Team Coaching||Virtual - allocated slot||31 January 2024|
|Team Coaching||Virtual - allocated slot||1 February 2024|
|Module 2 Unit 4, Day 7||Virtual||21 February 2024|
|Module 2 Unit 4, Day 8||Virtual||21 March 2024|
|Module 2 Unit 5, Day 9||In-house||9 April 2024|
|Module 2 Unit 5, Day 10||Virtual||9 May 2024|
|Team Coaching||Virtual - allocated slot||29 May 2024|
|Team Coaching||Virtual - allocated slot||30 May 2024|
|Module 2 Unit 6, Day 11||In-house||19 June 2024|
|Module 2 Unit 6, Day 12||In-house||20 June 2024|
Mon 24 Apr 2023 - Tue 6 Jun 2023 00:00