Postgraduate Certificate in Quality Improvement Leadership in Healthcare

CPD Credits72

Develop the confidence and skills to integrate and implement quality improvement theories and methods

Information and application forms for the September 2022 intake of Postgraduate Certificate in Quality Improvement Leadership in Healthcare

Applications open | Apply by 1 July 2022

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.


Call for projects

RCPI and NQPSD are delighted to open this years' call for applications. Prospective teams are are invited to submit applications to join this Level 9 learning programme and conduct a workplace based quality improvement project that addresses one or more of the domains of healthcare quality, in line with the HSE Patient Safety Strategy 2019-2024. This reflects the shared national goal to embed a culture of patient safety improvement throughout health and social care services.

Applications are particularly welcome from teams seeking to make patient safety improvements in the areas of mental health and medications safety.

Applications submitted under the mental health theme should aim to improve safety and quality for those with mental health needs, in line with the HSE Patient Safety Strategy, HSE A Vision for Change and Sláintecare. Projects are welcome across all aspects of mental health service focused on improving safety and quality for adult and child service users of community and inpatient mental health services, with particular reference to the 4 domains of the Sharing the Vision: A Mental Health Policy for Everyone (Promotion, Prevention & Early Intervention; Service Access, Coordination & Continuity of Care; Social Inclusion; and Accountability & Continuous Improvement).

Applications submitted under the medication safety theme should aim to reduce medication-related harm, in line with the HSE Patient Safety Strategy and the current WHO global patient safety challenge, Medication Without Harm. Reducing medication-related harm with polypharmacy, transitions of care and high risk medicines are priority areas identified by the WHO and the HSE National Medication Safety Programme for action.

Teams should be multidisciplinary and have appropriate expertise related to the quality improvement project area. For example, a medication safety team should include at least two disciplines, e.g. a doctor, pharmacist and midwife.

Previous Project - REDUCED ICU BED DAYS:
A project to improve the early recognition of deteriorating adult patients in acute medical wards led to reduced ICU bed days from 162 to 102

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the two modules of the programme, you will be able to:

  1. Critique the components of effective leadership for quality improvement in their own clinical practice
  2. Apply improvement methodologies and tools to a quality improvement project
  3. Implement a systems approach to quality in healthcare, including/covering/exploring the domains of safety, effectiveness, timeliness, person centeredness, efficiency, and equity
  4. Reflect on the theories of patient safety and evaluate opportunities for improvement or implementation within their clinical practice
  5. Reflect on the concepts and models of person-centred care and consider how patient and family engagement can be a driver for quality in their clinical practice
  6. Generate a project report and evaluate the use of improvement science methods, including measurement tools, to influence and support implementation

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? 
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Design and Delivery

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

Modules and Assessment

You will find detailed information on the two modules and the assessment process in the programme handbook. Please note this is a draft version of the handbook. Final version to be uploaded shortly.

Start dates 

Successful teams will be split into two cohorts. The dates are based on the 2022-2023 academic year and represent the 24th and 25th cohorts of this long running programme. Successful teams will be informed of their cohort allocation with the decision letter.

You are expected to aim for 100% attendance and full engagement in the programme.

Cohort 24 will run from 6 September 2022 to June 2023.

Cohort 25 will run from 8 September 2022 to June 2023.

All course dates can be viewed in the LEARNING SESSION DATES tab at the top of this page. Scheduling is subject to confirmation for 2022-23 academic year

Fees

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 knowledge and experience of QI and you will be asked to explain your workplace improvement idea and why you feel your team should be selected.

Supporting documentation

You must provide the following with your application

  • Letter to confirm executive sponsorship from your organisation’s CEO, Clinical Director, General Manager and/or relevant senior manager for your application
  • Letter to confirm line manager approval for each team members’ application and attendance on the programme
  • A Curriculum vitae may be requested to demonstrate attainment of a level 8 qualification or equivalent and 3 years post-graduation experience

Application process

One person per team should complete and submit relevant accompanying letter(s) of support

  • Applications are checked and verified. You will be informed if your application is not eligible
  • Eligible applications will be considered by a selection committee in July 2022
  • The outcome of the selection process will be notified to all applicants within one week of the selection meeting

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:

RCPI Appeals Policy

RCPI Appeals Procedure

Selection process

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.

Applications submitted under the theme of medications safety or mental health may be given priority.

Contact us

If you would like to speak to us about this programme please contact us at qualityimprovement@rcpi.ie

You must apply as a multidisciplinary team

Entry requirements

  • Teams must consist of three members, all of whom must be working in Irish healthcare, 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
    • Nursing personnel
    • Physiotherapists
    • Pharmacists
    • Allied Health Professionals
    • Operations personnel
    • Human Resources personnel
    • Communications personnel
    • Administration personnel

  • All team members must:
    • be working in the Irish health service
    • have a minimum of 5 years post registration experience
    • have a minimum Level 8 Honours Degree (Bachelor’s Degree or Higher Diploma)

Eligibility criteria for individual team members

All applicants must have a level 8 qualification or equivalent in a relevant area and must have at least 3 years’ experience working in a healthcare environment.

English language requirement

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:

  • High B2 on the (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) CEFRL when awarded by a recognised awarding body.
  • An average score of 6.5 on the overall components of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version.

NCHD eligibility

The duration of the programme and the focus on building a sustainable workplace improvement requires a commitment to both the applicant team and workplace. For this reason, NCHDs unfortunately are not eligible for this programme. RCPI offers alternative programmes that may be of interest to NCHDs or other members of the wider workplace team who would like to learn more about QI. See our QI courses page for more information about these and other courses.

Team leadership

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.

Recognition of Prior Learning

There is currently no recognition of prior learning for this programme, however there is an opportunity to progress through the MSc Leadership, Innovation and Management for Healthcare in University College Dublin. The Quality Improvement Leadership Programme is recognised for prior learning for 30 ECTS if learners enrol onto the programme.

You can access the relevant policies and procedures linked below.

Recognition of Prior Learning procedure.

Access, Transfer and Progression Policy

Access, Transfer and Progression Procedure

Protection of Enrolled Learners

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.

Protection of Enrolled Learner Policy

Protection of Enrolled Learner Procedure

Workshop dates for 2022/2023

Teams that are accepted onto the programme will be split into two cohorts. Successful teams will be informed of their cohort allocation with the decision letter. Scheduling is subject to confirmation for 2022-23 academic year.

Cohort 24

 Session   Delivery Mode   Date 
 Induction  13.30-16.00   6 September 2022 
 Module 1 Unit 1, Day 1   In-house  19 September 2022 
 Module 1 Unit 1, Day 2   In-house  20 September 2022
 Module 1 Unit 1, Day 3  In-house  21 September 2022
 Module 1 Unit 2, Day 4  In-house  25 October 2022
 Team Coaching 1A  Virtual - allocated slot   21 November 2022
 Team Coaching 1B  Virtual - allocated slot  22 November 2022 
 Team Coaching 1C  Virtual - allocated slot  23 November 2022
 Module 2 Unit 3, Day 5  Virtual  14 December 2022
 Module 2 Unit 3, Day 6  Virtual  11 January 2023
 Team Coaching 2A  Virtual - allocated slot  6 February 2023
 Team Coaching 2B  Virtual - allocated slot  7 February 2023
 Team Coaching 2C  Virtual - allocated slot  8 February 2023
 Module 2 Unit 4, Day 7  Virtual  22 February 2023
 Module 2 Unit 4, Day 8  In-house  9 March 2023
 Module 2 Unit 5, Day 9  Virtual  22 March 2023
 Team Coaching 3A  Virtual - allocated slot  26 April 2023
 Team Coaching 3B  Virtual - allocated slot  27 April 2023
 Team Coaching 3C  Virtual - allocated slot  28 April 2023
 Module 2 Unit 5, Day 10   Virtual  10 May 2023
 Module 2 Unit 6, Day 11  In-house  13 June 2023
Module 2 Unit 6, Day 12 In-house  14 June 2023

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cohort 25

 Session   Delivery Mode   Date 
 Induction   13.30-16.00  8 September 2022 
 Module 1 Unit 1, Day 1   In-house   19 September 2022 
 Module 1 Unit 1, Day 2  In-house  20 September 2022
 Module 1 Unit 1, Day 3  In-house  21 September 2022
 Module 1 Unit 1, Day 4  In-house  26 October 2022
 Team Coaching 1A   Virtual - allocated slot   21 November 2022
 Team Coaching 1B  Virtual - allocated slot  22 November 2022 
 Team Coaching 1C  Virtual - allocated slot  23 November 2022
 Module 2 Unit 3, Day 5  Virtual  15 December 2022
 Module 2 Unit 3, Day 6   Virtual  12 January 2023
 Team Coaching 2A  Virtual - allocated slot  6 February 2023
 Team Coaching 2B  Virtual - allocated slot  7 February 2023
 Team Coaching 2C  Virtual - allocated slot  8 February 2023
 Module 2 Unit 4, Day 7  Virtual  23 February 2023
 Module 2 Unit 4, Day 8  In-house  9 March 2023
 Module 2 Unit 5, Day 9   Virtual  23 March 2023
 Team Coaching 3A  Virtual - allocated slot  26 April 2023
 Team Coaching 3B  Virtual - allocated slot  27 April 2023
 Team Coaching 3C  Virtual - allocated slot  28 April 2023
 Module 2 Unit 5, Day 10   Virtual  11 May 2023
 Module 2 Unit 6, Day 11  In-house  13 June 2023
Moduel 2 Unit 6, Day 12  In-house  14 June 2023
DateLocation
Thu 12 May 2022 17:00 - Fri 1 Jul 2022
RCPI, Ireland