Do you see patients presenting with acute stroke? Register your interest in a National Acute Stroke Collaborative Programme

National improvement collaborative aims to improve the initial management pathway for patients presenting with acute ischaemic stroke

We are inviting teams to sign up for the second wave of the National Acute Stroke Collaborative, a quality improvement programme designed to improve the initial management pathway for patients presenting with acute ischaemic stroke.

The collaborative will be coordinated by RCPI and the National Thrombectomy Service with support from the National Stroke Programme.

The programme will commence in October 2018 with a full day learning session, followed by five half-day learning sessions from November 2018 to June 2019.

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.

Why join this collaborative?

Ten hospitals across Ireland are already participating in the first wave of this collaborative.

When you join this collaborative you will work with leading experts in Quality Improvement to reduce the time from arrival at the emergency department to a decision regarding treatment for FAST positive patients.

You will also work to improve the following:

  • The quality and consistency of care for all FAST positive patients
  • The working culture for healthcare staff providing care to patients with acute stroke
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View an information leaflet about this collaborative

Read more about the National Acute Stroke Collaborative Programme

What does the collaborative involve?

Each participating site will support one project team to attend a number of centrally hosted learning sessions. These sessions will involve a mix of didactic lectures, case studies, interactive group activities and project based learning. The time between these sessions will be designated as action periods, during which teams will utilise QI methodology to test improvement ideas at their hospital sites.

The collaborative will commence with a full day learning session in October 2018, followed by five half-day learning sessions from November 2018 to June 2019; these will be based in Dublin. Each project team member will be expected to attend all of the learning sessions.

Who should be on your project team?

Your project team should include three to four members, representing senior clinical decision makers and key care providers during the patient journey e.g consultant, stroke nurse specialist etc.

At least one representative from the clinical stroke team, radiology department and the Emergency Department should participate.

You don’t need previous Quality Improvement experience - The National Acute Stroke Collaborative caters for all levels of Quality Improvement (QI) knowledge.

Sign up now

If you are interested in joining the National Acute Stroke Collaborative, email us at qualityimprovement@rcpi.ie

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

To facilitate the collaborative, there will be a participation fee for each team attending the suite of learning sessions, estimated at €2,650 per project team.

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.