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Quality Improvement

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What is Quality Improvement in healthcare?

Quality Improvement in healthcare is a science that uses sophisticated tools and techniques to systematically introduce and embed changes to healthcare delivery.

A lot of the time, these changes are focused on improving a specific local service, such as reducing the average turnaround time in a hospital’s Emergency Department.

Although all improvement involves change, not all changes are improvement. An important aspect of quality improvement is the use of accurate and powerful measurement tools to make sure patient outcomes are improving as a result of the change.

Quality improvement methodology, when applied to a healthcare setting, is a powerful force for good.

Healthcare workers who have trained with us 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 committed to developing innovative solutions to support safer, higher quality and more cost-effective healthcare.

International evidence shows unequivocally that reform of health services needs to be led by doctors. 

Our doctors work on the frontline of healthcare, meeting patients, families, hospital managers and other healthcare professionals every day. They understand only too well the difficulties that can arise in a busy healthcare environment and the opportunities that exist for making it safer and more efficient.

We are dedicated to quality improvement and quality assurance in healthcare. We manage a number of initiatives designed to empower doctors and other health workers to lead improvements in healthcare services. Many of these initiatives involve close collaboration between RCPI and the Health Service Executive.