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.
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:
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.
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 ConsultantParticipant in COPD Collaborative pilot project
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.
To register your interest in the National COPD Improvement Collaborative, contact Rachel MacDonell, Programme Manager at RCPI at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will send you an application form and an initial engagement visit will be arranged for all participating sites.