In 2013, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland together with the National Quality Improvement team in the Health Service Executive and the Health Research Board founded the Research Collaborative in Quality and Patient Safety (RCQPS) to fund research projects which have a real potential to improve the Irish healthcare system. Since its inception, 10 awards (including one pilot study) have been funded, amassing to an approximate €2.8 million investment in healthcare research.
In April 2019, the RCQPS launched its newest funding cycle in RCPI, pledging a further €1.6 million into healthcare improvement research over the next three years. The launch event was attended by both academic researchers and those at the forefront of healthcare to inform them of the new and improved funding process, as well as to learn from both national and international experts leading advances in quality and patient safety research. The event facilitated a discussion about the importance as well as the challenges of integrating research findings into policy and/or practice.
Quality and patient safety are a key priority for health service delivery. This partnership approach helps ensure we ask the right research questions to develop evidence informed solutions to real health system challenges that improve people’s health and health care delivery.
Dr Darrin MorrisseyChief Executive of the Health Research Board
This is a huge opportunity to immediately improve the quality of patient care.
Dr Philip CrowleyNational Director of Quality Improvement, HSE
The deadline for submission of pre-applications is 13 June 2019. If you are interested in learning more about the RCQPS or applying for funding then please contact the RCQPS research coordinator Dr Stephanie Whelan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit our web page below.