SpRs wanted for Quality Improvement Scholar in Residence programme 2022

Would you like to be a Quality Improvement Scholar in Residence?

Applications now open | Apply by Friday 8 July 2022

The RCPI QI Scholar in Residence Programme is an opportunity for 4th and 5th year specialist registrars or GP trainees with an interest in leadership and quality improvement to develop clinical leadership skills and quality improvement knowledge. The one-year programme is a precursor to the Essential Skills for New Consultant certificate which the Scholars could attend following the course.

Participants receive expert support and bespoke training to promote development of skills and knowledge enabling them to provide both quality improvement and clinical leadership in their workplace settings and provide local and national education support to the health system. The QI Scholar programme is a fundamental opportunity to identify and develop future RCPI quality improvement and leadership faculty.

The closing date for applications is Friday 08 July 2022.

Interviews will be held one week later with a Pecha Kucha presentation. The programme commences in September 2022.

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for the QI Scholar in Residence Programme 2022

The Scholars programme aims to change the way future consultants approach health and healthcare by providing an immersion in improvement and patient safety science. With one to one mentoring, group learning and peer to peer coaching you will be preparing yourself to make a difference. You will join a growing network of over 25 scholars, learning and leading together.

Dr Peter Lachman

Programme Lead for Quality Improvement, RCPI

What can I expect?

You will experience:

  • Bespoke mentoring to address personal development and to prepare for a consultant role. 
  • Personalised coaching on a quality improvement and patient safety project. 
  • Introduction to leaders in quality and safety where possible.
  • Potential authorship of chapters in textbooks and publishing papers on quality improvement and patient safety.

“The programme equips us to have the skills and confidence to make improvement happen - in partnership with our patients. Throughout this scholarship programme I have been learning about the relevant improvement skills and tools, which all clinicians can, and should, be able to engage in Quality Improvement to ultimately improve patient care. We have learnt about QI tools that enable frontline workers to come up with appropriate solutions using our skills and talents.”

Dr Ahmeda Ali

Quality Improvement Scholar in Residence

Programme aim and outcomes


The Scholars programme aims to develop future leaders in healthcare who are in tune with the quality and safety of the service. The Scholars are immersed in improvement and patient safety science.  A network of Scholars which supports each other in leadership roles has been developed.

By the end of the programme, Scholars will be able to: 

  • Develop knowledge, skills, and behaviours to provide clinical leadership and support a culture of quality improvement in healthcare.
  • Recognise and maximise the power of teams in delivering safe care.
  • Identify the basic principles and expectations for the integrated contributions of various participants in the care process.
  • Ensure that all improvement work is person-centred.
  • Define the regulatory frameworks under which safe and quality care are assured.
  • Apply models of corporate and clinical governance to underpin delivery of quality.
  • Learn from models outside healthcare and apply these lessons to healthcare.

Who can apply?

The programme is designed for doctors at the end of their training, who are registered with their respective professional body and engaged in clinical practice for the duration of the programme.   

Applicants are required to: 

  • Work within the healthcare system
  • Have an interest in clinical leadership and experience in quality improvement
  • Have time available to commit to the programme

Entry to the Scholar programme will be determined via a formal selection process, which includes an interview and presentation.  

How is it taught?

The approach to teaching and learning for the RCPI QI Scholar in Residence programme and recognises that Scholars are mature learners and therefore includes a variety of learning environments. The programme values peer-to-peer learning, the experience from each Scholar’s clinical practice and the sharing of experiences. Learning material is presented in a variety of styles, designed to appeal to all types of learners.   

Learning methods include tutorials and seminars, Scholar network meetings, one-to-one coaching, self-directed learning and discussion groups to cover topics under the threads of leadership and organisational development and quality improvement tools and techniques.

What is the time commitment?

The programme is part-time and completed over a period of one academic year. Learners are expected to commit to 2-3 days per month of blended virtual and in-person delivery. This includes individual mentoring, attendance at tutorials, self-directed learning and online interactions.  

What is the appraisal process?

Successful applicants will be complete a personal development plan for the year. Scholars undertake a QI project with quantifiable outcomes and should be able to disseminate the results. Engagement in the programme is monitored through reflections and active participation. 

Contact us

Quality Improvement Department

Tel: +353 1 863 9700