Do you see patients with COPD? Register your interest in a national COPD Improvement Collaborative Programme

Respiratory specialist teams are invited to join an improvement collaborative that aims to improve the quality of care for COPD patients

Following a highly successful pilot in two hospitals, HSE Clinical Strategy and Programmes is sponsoring a new national quality improvement collaborative focusing on COPD.

The collaborative will be coordinated by RCPI and is fully endorsed by the National Clinical Programme for COPD.

We are now looking for multidisciplinary project teams to sign up to the 15-month improvement collaborative, which is completely free of charge.

The collaborative aims to improve the quality of care for COPD patients, while positively impacting the wider health system through a reduction in readmissions and length of stay in acute facilities.

Why join this collaborative?

The primary benefits of the collaborative are to reduce rates of acute presentation to the Emergency Department, improve timely initiation of acute clinical interventions and reduce inappropriate admissions and readmissions. Additional outcomes include shorter length of stay, improved patient experience and greater integration of care into the community.

You will work with expert faculty to achieve the following improvement aims for patients with acute exacerbation of COPD:

  • access to respiratory specialist review
  • compliance with admission clinical bundle
  • use of standardised, evidence-based assessment tools
  • compliance with discharge processes

View an information leaflet about this collaborative

Read more about the national COPD Improvement Collaborative Programme

What does the collaborative involve?

Project teams will attend five full-day learning sessions between September 2018 and September 2019, delivered by expert faculty in RCPI. These sessions will involve a mix of lectures, case studies, interactive group activities and project based learning and will take place centrally.

We will cater for all levels of quality improvement knowledge. You do not need previous quality improvement experience and you will receive an introduction to quality improvement methodology and tools.

There is no fee for participation, although organisational support to undertake the learning sessions and improvement work is critical.

Highly successful pilot run in Clonmel and St Vincent’s

A pilot COPD improvement collaborative was run in South Tipperary Hospital, Clonmel and St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin from March to June 2018.

Early results in South Tipperary included a reduction in admission rates from 100% to 22% and a projected bed-day saving of >1,700 per annum. In St Vincent’s, the percentage of COPD related admissions receiving respiratory review in the Emergency Department and again within 24 hours rose to 100%.

We were always keen to improve but didn’t necessarily have formal training in Quality Improvement - how to choose change ideas and bring them to fruition. This was a great chance as a team to get different perspectives and ideas, and the methodology means no hierarchy.

Dr Emer Kelly, Respiratory Consultant

Participant in COPD Collaborative pilot project

What is an improvement collaborative?

An improvement collaborative is a short-term learning system that brings together teams from different hospital sites to seek improvement in a specific subject area.

Subject matter experts work together with improvement experts, using quality improvement methodology to implement changes at the front line of healthcare.

Sign up now

To register your interest in the National COPD Improvement Collaborative, contact Rachel MacDonell, Programme Manager at RCPI at

We will send you an application form and an initial engagement visit will be arranged for all participating sites.

Rachel MacDonell

Programme Manager, Professional Affairs

Tel: 01 8639619

Rachel manages a number of Quality Improvement projects and initiatives in RCPI