First Research Collaborative in Quality and Patient Safety (RCQPS) workshop held

A Research Collaborative in Quality and Patient Safety (RCQPS) workshop held in RCPI on 19 November 2013 has identified key healthcare issues that will be the focus of vital quality and patient safety research.

The RCQPS is a unique research collaboration between the Health Research Board, the HSE and RCPI. It is run by RCPI and has received €1.5 million funding from the HRB and HSE for research into quality and patient safety issues in Ireland.

An RCQPS funding award is highly specific in nature – It provides funding for research into predetermined quality and patient safety issues. Research questions are generated at workshops attended by National Clinical Programme Leads. These questions are then matched to suitable researchers in our RCQPS database.

National Clinical Programme Leads and researchers in quality and patient safety from across Ireland attended the first such workshop in RCPI on 19 November. Healthcare issues identified at this workshop included:

    •    Healthcare efficiency
    •    Evaluation of quality improvements
    •    Patient experiences
    •    Interventions
    •    Prevention
    •    Sustainability of quality improvement programmes

The clinical input provided by National Clinical Programme Leads ensures that the most vital research questions will be addressed by the RCQPS.

Speaking at the event, Dr Philip Crowley, National Director Quality and Patient Safety Directorate of HSE, said, ‘This event is enabling interested researchers to meet with clinical practitioners to identify clear research questions that will meet a specific practice need and it is the first step in a process that will lead to improvements in quality and patient safety throughout the Irish health services.’

RCPI Director of Research, Prof Richard Costello said, “It is only with true collaborative programmes such as the RCQPS that the issues affecting our healthcare system can be investigated and fully evaluated. We were delighted with the response from both the clinicians and the researchers towards the collaborative.”

The next step will be prioritizing the questions raised and matching them to researchers from the RCQPS database who have the necessary methodology skills and experience.

A second RCQPS workshop will be held in February 2014. Two projects will be funded in each of the first two cycles of funding and prioritised research will be funded over two years.

For further information on the collaborative, or to join the database of researchers please contact Dr Graham Armstrong, RCQPS Research Coordinator at