Apply now to become a Quality Improvement Scholar in Residence at RCPI

Would you like to be a Quality Improvement Scholar in Residence?

Apply by Friday 17 May 2019

Fourth- and fifth-year Specialist Registrars and senior GP trainees who are interested in Quality Improvement are invited to apply to the Quality Improvement Scholarship in Residence Programme.

Developed by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), the scholarship will help you develop as a clinical leader by providing you with expert support and bespoke training over the course of one academic year.

This is a fantastic opportunity for three individuals to develop their clinical leadership skills and quality improvement knowledge.

The closing date for applications is Friday 17 May 2019.

What does the Quality Improvement Scholar in Residence Programme offer?

The RCPI/ISQua Scholarship Programme will provide you with the opportunity:

  • To further develop your skills and knowledge in the areas of healthcare quality improvement and patient safety, with a special emphasis on teaching and mentorship
  • To further develop your leadership and management skills in order to effectively lead improvement within the healthcare system
  • To further develop critical thinking and analytical skills in the field of quality improvement
  • To understand how to spread healthcare quality improvement initiatives within healthcare systems, through national and international organisations
  • To broaden your professional network and develop effective working partnerships in the area of healthcare quality improvement
  • To cultivate an advocacy role for clinical quality improvement amongst postgraduate doctors in training in Ireland

As an RCPI QI scholar, this is just the beginning of our quality improvement journey. The programme equips us to have the skills and confidence to make improvement happen - in partnership with our patients. Throughout this scholarship programme I have been learning about the relevant improvement skills and tools, which all clinicians can, and should, be able to engage in Quality Improvement to ultimately improve patient care. We have learnt about QI tools that enable frontline workers to come up with appropriate solutions using our skills and talents. Quality improvement is everyone's job and this programme hones our goal to improve care and empower frontline staff to create solutions.

Dr Ahmeda Ali

Quality Improvement Scholar in Residence 2018 - 2019

What is involved?

Each Scholar will be provided with regular mentoring sessions and will be supported to complete a QI project during the year.

Scholars will also be enrolled on the ISQua Fellowship Programme, the RCPI Quality in Action programme, the Train the Trainer programme and some other related QI courses that will be outlined at a later stage.

Towards the latter half of the Scholarship Programme, Scholars will be required to participate in coaching/delivery on the RCPI QI in Action Programme.

Time Commitment

The scholarship in residence programme runs over one academic year starting in September 2019.

The time commitment will be 2.5 days per month. This commitment includes individual mentoring and the specific courses outlined above.

I first heard about the RCPI/ISQua Quality Improvement Scholar in Residence Programme when I attended the RCPI Quality in Healthcare Summit in 2017. It was fascinating to discover the breadth of work that was being undertaken in this field across the world, and the variety of innovative approaches that were being adopted to deliver tangible benefits in patient outcomes. This scholarship has provided me with a number of wonderful opportunities. Not only has it allowed me to develop my skills and knowledge in the areas of healthcare quality improvement and patient safety, but this immersive experience has been very rewarding in a number of other ways.

Dr Eoin Fitzgerald

Quality Improvement Scholar in Residence 2018 - 2019

Apply by Friday 17 May 2019

If you would like to apply for the one-year Quality Improvement Scholarship in Residence Programme commencing September 2018, please complete the below application form and submit it, along with your CV, by Friday 17 May 2019.

Open application form (MS Word document will download onto your device)

Please submit completed applications to by Friday 17 May 2019.

"All healthcare providers have two roles"

Dr John Brennan, a GP, completed the first scholarship in residence programme in RCPI in 2016/2017. He has the following message for this year's applicants:

"The Irish healthcare system faces significant challenges and barriers to providing high quality affordable care to patients. These challenges are echoed throughout most health systems across the world. Quality Improvement Science and Methodology has been developed to tackle these challenges using a practical person centred approach to solving complex systems problems.

"It is my belief that the creativity and energy of doctors in training and other Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors is the greatest untapped resource in Irish healthcare. I feel strongly that all healthcare providers have two roles, the first being the provision of healthcare, and the second is the continuous improvement for patients and professionals alike.

"This programme has afforded me an opportunity to maximise the potential impact that I may have in my future career as a clinician, and as an improvement activist, leader and educator. The exceptional mentorship provided by the Scholar in Residence Programme has enabled me to hone my improvement skills, as well as providing a platform upon which I could develop my mentorship, coaching and teaching skills in this exciting area. Moving forward, I plan to use my experience from my year as Scholar in Residence to try to lead for improvement in the Irish healthcare system, and to facilitate the spread of this vital science at a time when the challenges facing healthcare continue to mount."

Dr John Brennan, Quality Improvement Scholar in Residence 2016 - 2017

Contact us

Quality Improvement Department

Tel: +353 1 863 9700