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Published: 28 May 2024

Postgraduate Certificate in Quality Improvement Leadership in Healthcare

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

About this programme:

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.

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.

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.

What will I learn?

On completion 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.

Deadline for applications

The deadline for applications is Friday 14 June 2024.

How to apply?

You can apply for this programme on the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland website

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