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

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

SpRs, senior GP trainees and senior healthcare professionals can now apply for a one-year Quality Improvement Scholarship in Residence Programme.

Developed by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) 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 mentorship provided as part of the programme was invaluable and enhanced my learning in Quality Improvement.

Dr Kirstyn James

Quality Improvement Scholar in Residence 2017 - 2018

What does the Scholarship 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
  • Further develop your leadership and management skills in order to effectively lead improvement within the healthcare system
  • Further develop critical thinking and analytical skills in the field of quality improvement
  • Understand how to spread healthcare quality improvement initiatives within healthcare systems, through national and international organisations
  • Broaden your professional network and develop effective working partnerships in the area of healthcare quality improvement
  • Cultivate an advocacy role for clinical quality improvement amongst postgraduate doctors in training in Ireland

Successful Scholars will also receive 12 months free ISQua Membership

"All healthcare providers have two roles"

Dr John Brennan, a senior GP trainee, 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

What is involved?

Each Scholar will be provided with monthly 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, Train the Trainer programme and invited to regular QI Faculty development sessions. 

It is anticipated that this programme will require an average time commitment of approximately 2 days per month.

Apply by Friday 22 June 2018

This Scholarship will be free of charge for all trainees registered on a postgraduate medical training programme; however a fee will apply for other healthcare professionals. 

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 22 June 2018.

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

Interviews will be held the week commencing Monday 2 July.

Please submit completed applications to


The Scholar in Residence Programme enabled me to hone my improvement skills, as well as providing a platform upon which I could develop my mentorship, coaching and teaching skills

Dr John Brennan

GP, Quality Improvement Scholar in Residence 2016 - 2017

Contact us

Naomi Nowlan

Education Lead, Quality Improvement & QI Faculty

Tel: + 353 1 8639717

Contact Naomi for queries relating to Quality Improvement and the Quality Improvement Faculty.