Marking World Patient Safety Day, RCPI launches guide on how to develop a Quality Improvement project

Practical advice on how to develop a Quality Improvement project

Marking the first World Patient Safety Day, an initiative of the World Health Organisation, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland is delighted to launch a new Improver's Guide for healthcare workers.

The guide, which is free to download below, has been developed as an introduction to developing a Quality Improvement (QI) project. It can be used as a starter pack for getting to know the basic tools and concepts used in QI in healthcare.

The guide provides clear, practical instructions on how to develop an idea for a QI project, implement it, and test if it has led to an improvement.

Download our free Improver's Guide

The RCPI Improver's Guide is free to download and is designed to be used as a starter pack for getting to know the basic tools and concepts used in QI in healthcare.

Getting the most out of this guide

The Improver's Guide is best used in conjunction with an educational course at which you are supported by a facilitator throughout the process of initiating and managing a QI project for the first time.

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What is Quality Improvement?

We are committed to supporting safer, higher quality and more cost-effective healthcare. Since 2011 we have been offering world-class training in Quality Improvement methodology and advanced leadership skills to healthcare workers across Ireland.

Healthcare workers know only too well the challenges that arise in a busy hospital and are often the first to identify, and support, practical solutions for making it safer and more efficient.

The Quality Improvement (QI) approach defines a problem, studies the variation within that problem, formulates a goal and then develops a hypothesis about the potential interventions or changes that might work to achieve this goal. These changes or interventions are then tested on a small scale to verify whether they have achieved the predicted outcome. This type of approach is best suited to problems where the solution is not immediately obvious. This is often the case in complex healthcare systems.

Hundreds of healthcare workers who have trained with us over the years have seen theory and methodology translate into tangible, measurable outcomes such as quicker access to care, fewer adverse events, cost savings, reduced length of stay and more prudent use of resources.

We are delighted to launch this guide on World Patient Safety Day 2019.

About World Patient Safety Day

Millions of patients are harmed each year due to unsafe health care worldwide resulting in 2.6 million deaths annually in low-and middle-income countries alone. Most of these deaths are avoidable.

The personal, social and economic impact of patient harm leads to losses of trillions of US dollars worldwide. The World Health Organization is focusing global attention on the issue of patient safety and launching a campaign in solidarity with patients on the very first World Patient Safety Day on 17 September 2019.

Read more on the WHO website

Contact us

If you would like to speak to someone about this guide we are happy to be contacted.

Rachel MacDonell

Programme Manager, Quality Improvement

Tel: 01 8639619

Rachel manages a number of Quality Improvement projects and initiatives in RCPI. She is also the Founder and Managing Director of the Paediatric Acute Intervention Resuscitation Skills (PAIRS) Group.

Victoria Taylor

Manager, Quality Improvement

Tel: + 353 1 863 9780

Victoria manages the Quality Improvement department and works on many of our Quality Improvement Programmes. Contact Victoria for more information on any of our healthcare quality improvement programmes.