RCQPS COVID-19 pandemic funding to invest €560,000

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RCQPS COVID-19 pandemic funding to invest €560,000 in new health research in quality and patient safety

Medication safety, interventions among homeless populations, opioid substitution treatment and long-term residential care are the topics to be addressed by the awarded projects.

The Research Collaborative in Quality and Patient Safety (RCQPS) has awarded four projects funding totalling of €560,000 for new health research in quality and patient safety. RCQPS is a collaborative initiative between the Health Research Board (HRB), the Health Service Executive (HSE), National Quality Improvement Team and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI). It was established in 2013 to advance nationally relevant research in the area of quality and patient safety (QPS).

In June the 2020 cycle of RCQPS launched a funding opportunity to support the national research response to COVID-19. In a highly competitive process, four awards were selected by an international panel from 35 eligible applications.

These projects address a broad range of health areas including medication safety, interventions among homeless populations, opioid substitution treatment and long-term residential care. A short synopsis and details of the emerging investigators are provided at the links below.

On these projects, Dr Lucia Prihodova, Research Manager at the at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland says: “The COVID-19 crisis has meant health and social care systems have had to rapidly adapt and put new processes and procedures in place for patients and all healthcare related workers. Through these projects there is a unique opportunity to learn from these adaptations and to improve the quality of approaches throughout and beyond this pandemic.”

Dr Terry McWade, CEO, RCPI says: “We are delighted to be part of the Research Collaborative in Quality and Patient Safety which is helping to fund such vital research during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hope is that through these projects we can substantially advance research in the areas of quality and patient safety at this unprecedented time.”

This award scheme is co-funded by the HRB and the HSE NQI Team. RCPI manage the application and peer review process and the HRB manage funded projects. The model used for this scheme involves collaboration between knowledge users and academic researchers.

For more information on the scheme contact Dr Lucia Prihodova rcqps@rcpi.ie. For media queries please contact Louise Finn or Kate Healy at the details below. 

Project 1: Supporting the Sustainability of Long-Term Residential Care in a COVID-19 Environment and in the Future

Project 2: Sustaining increased and improved access to opioid substitution treatment (OST) in Ireland: a mixed-methods study to evaluate the impact of national contingency OST guidelines on process and client outcomes, and identify quality indicators for the continued and safe delivery of OST throughout and beyond COVID-19

Project 3: Understanding and Enhancing Medication Safety During COVID-19: The CONNECTS (COVID-Nineteen Medication Safety) Toolkit

Project 4: An analysis of nurse-led COVID-19 interventions among homeless populations – a mixed methods study

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