Quality Improvement Leadership Programme

CPD Credits72

Develop the confidence to integrate and implement quality improvement theories

Apply by 20 July 2020 

Formerly the Diploma in Leadership and Quality in Healthcare, the Quality Improvement Leadership Programme is a joint RCPI/HSE programme that is currently seeking QQI accreditation for 30 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System Credits. It is fully funded for HSE employees.

This programme aims to provide a transformative experience in terms of personal growth and leadership development. We will help your team develop the confidence to integrate and implement theories and methods of quality improvement. You will learn how to translate theories for improvement and implementation science into tangible positive outcomes in the health service.

The programme is designed to enable your team to become champions of change in healthcare. Our expert faculty will share their cutting edge knowledge and skills in all aspects of quality improvement, implementation science, patient safety and enhanced leadership capacity.

Applications are now open for 2020 - The deadline to submit an application online is 20 July 2020.

Learning Outcomes

The objectives of the programme are to enable your team to:

  • Develop advanced leadership skills, including how to influence governing structures and boards
  • Analyse the need for change and opportunities for improvement using a systems approach
  • Appreciate and utilise a range of measurement tools as a basis for effective quality improvement initiatives
  • Translate theories for improvement and implementation science into tangible and measurable outcomes that positively impact services and service user experience
  • Lead, develop and implement an improvement project
  • Build capacity and sustainability into quality improvement initiatives

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.

Design and Delivery

This programme is delivered using blended learning, a flexible way of completing the course that combines online educational materials and opportunities for interaction online with traditional place-based classroom methods. 

The programme is delivered over 42 weeks and will include approximately 12 classroom sessions. Classroom sessions will be conducted online for the remainder of 2020, moving to face-to-face sessions in January 2021 if government guidelines allow.

Your team will also be required to attend five video conferencing sessions and access additional learning material online.

Modules and Assessment

Module 1: Leading Quality Improvement – Key Concepts

Module 1 will cover

  • Theories and concepts of leadership
  • Improvement science
  • Implementation science

There is a focus on developing awareness and engagement on the practical application of theories and concepts. You will engage with various measurement tools and in-process analysis.

Module 2: Leading and Implementing Quality Improvement

In Module 2 you will focus on the delivery of your project plan. There is also a focus on process variation, patient safety and person-centred care. An outcome of the programme is the completion of your project and project report.

Assessment

Formative assessment will include participation in classroom activities and group work. Summative assessment per module will involve:

  • 5,000 word project report (completed as a team)
  • 1,000 word leadership assignment
  • Multiple Choice Questionnaire
  • Personal Improvement Project
  • Presentation and Group Project Plan
  • Short assignments on Patient Safety and Person Centered Care
  • Personal Leadership Development Plan

Start dates

Teams that accepted onto the programme will be split into two cohorts. Both cohorts will have an introductory session on 15 September. One cohort will have their first learning session on 1 October 2020. The other cohort will have their first learning session on 2 October 2020.

For a list of all 2020/2021 learning session dates, please refer to the Dates tab, accessed above.

Funded by the HSE

This programme is fully funded by the National Quality Improvement Team of the HSE, therefore it is free for all employees working in the HSE.

How to Apply

One member of your team must apply on behalf of the full team using the application form below (You must sign in to the website first).

In the application form you will be asked:

  • Has the team or any members of the team been involved in any quality improvement activities?
  • What is the problem or area for improvement identified in your service or area?
  • Describe your team and why you think it would be beneficial for your team to be chosen to complete this programme? Include any possible strengths or weaknesses you have identified as a team.

The deadline to apply is 20 July 2020. Your application will be reviewed by a selection committee and successful teams will be admitted onto the programme. We expect to confirm selected teams by the beginning of August 2020.

You must apply as a multidisciplinary team

You are required to apply as a team (two or three people), at least one of whom must be a senior medical professional (a consultant or medical specialist).

All team members must have:

  • Level 8 qualification or equivalent in a relevant area
  • At least five years’ experience working in a healthcare environment

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

When you apply for a place on this programme you must be able to demonstrate a plan for your team's quality improvement project with clearly identified patient benefits.

Your team must have executive approval from your organisation's management, for example from your direct line manager, hospital CEO or Area Manager.

Your team must select a team lead (one person) to submit the application on behalf of your team. You will need to include the following information in your application:

  • Confirmation of executive sponsorship for this programme within your organisation
  • Confirmation of line manager approval to attend the programme
  • Name, job title/role, institution and email address per team member
  • Proposed quality improvement plan

Learning session dates for 2020/2021

Teams that accepted onto the programme will be split into two cohorts.

Both cohorts will have an introductory session on 15 September.

One cohort will have their first learning session on 1 October 2020.

The other cohort will have their first learning session on 2 October 2020.

Classroom sessions will be conducted online for the remainder of 2020, moving to face-to-face sessions in January 2021 if government guidelines allow.

Dates for those who start on 1 October

  • Introductory session - 15 September 2020, 10:00 - 12:00
  • Module 1 Unit 1, Day 1 - 1 October 2020
  • Module 1 Unit 1, Day 2 - 15 October 2020
  • Module 1 Unit 1, Day 3 - 5 November 2020
  • Module 1 Unit 2, Day 4 - 2 December 2020
  • Module 2 Unit 3, Day 5 - 13 January 2021
  • Module 2 Unit 3, Day 6 - 14 January 2021
  • Module 2 Unit 4, Day 7 - 24 February 2021
  • Module 2 Unit 4, Day 8 - 25 February 2021
  • Module 2 Unit 5, Day 9 - 5 May 2021
  • Module 2 Unit 5, Day 10 - 6 May 2021
  • Module 2 Unit 6, Day 11 - 9 June 2021
  • Module 2 Unit 6, Day 12 - 10 June 2021

Dates for those who start on 9 October

  • Introductory session - 15 September 2020, 14:00 - 16:00
  • Module 1 Unit 1, Day 1 - 2 October 2020
  • Module 1 Unit 1, Day 2 - 16 October 2020
  • Module 1 Unit 1, Day 3 - 6 November 2020
  • Module 1 Unit 2, Day 4 - 3 December 2020
  • Module 2 Unit 3, Day 5 - 3 February 2021
  • Module 2 Unit 3, Day 6 - 4 February 2021
  • Module 2 Unit 4, Day 7 - 3 March 2021
  • Module 2 Unit 4, Day 8 - 4 March 2021
  • Module 2 Unit 5, Day 9 - 13 May 2021
  • Module 2 Unit 5, Day 10 - 14 May 2021
  • Module 2 Unit 6, Day 11 - 29 June 2021
  • Module 2 Unit 6, Day 12 - 30 June 2021
DateLocationPrice
Thu 18 Jun 2020 - Mon 20 Jul 2020
RCPI, Ireland€0.00