Research Collaborative in Quality and Patient Safety

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‘Quality and patient safety are a key priority for health service delivery. This partnership approach helps ensure we ask the right research questions to develop evidence informed solutions to real health system challenges that improve people’s health and health care delivery’.

Dr Darrin Morrissey

Chief Executive at the Health Research Board

The Research Collaborative in Quality and Patient Safety (RCQPS) is a unique collaboration between the Health Research Board (HRB), the National Quality Improvement Team of the Health Service Executive (HSE NQI Team) and RCPI.

The RCQPS was established in 2013. 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.

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Our Focus: Quality and Patient Safety

We identify the most pressing issues affecting healthcare quality and patient safety in Ireland and allocate funding for research into these issues, knowing we can help drive improvements in quality and patient safety throughout the entire health system.

Our Vision

We want to drive improvements in healthcare quality and patient safety through research. We are working towards this by: 

  • developing an Irish research network focused on quality in healthcare and patient safety
  • bringing researchers and individuals involved in healthcare improvement, health policy and/or the delivery of services together to identify specific research questions that will improve patient care
  • prioritising research questions and allocating funding accordingly.

HOW WE WORK

As research funding goes, we operate a bit differently.

Instead of issuing calls for research proposals, we ask experienced researchers and individuals at the forefront of healthcare services and policy-making (termed knowledge users) to tell us what research needs to be carried out. They are ideally positioned to advise us on the most vital research questions that need to be addressed.

A knowledge user is defined as one in a position of authority to influence and/or make decisions about health policy or the delivery of services and can act to ensure that the findings of the research will be translated to influence decision making and change within their (or other) organisations. The knowledge user may be a clinical care programme lead, a professional body lead, a health-system manager, policy-maker, health professional or clinician who is in a position to make significant changes to policy or practice. Knowledge user organisations may be Government departments, agencies, hospitals, local government, voluntary organisations, research charities, patient/consumer groups or other organisations involved in making decisions regarding the management, structuring and/or delivery of practice or policy in the Irish health and social care system.

RCQPS FUNDING PROCESS

After evaluation of the RCQPS process in 2018, we have listened to your feedback and have made changes to our application process. This new and improved step-by-step RCQPS application process is aimed at supporting the development of research proposals.  

Funding Available and Award Duration

RCQPS awards provide funding up to a maximum award value of €280,000 (inclusive of overheads) for projects of up to 24 months. Quality permitting, 2 awards will be funded.

 

RCQPS Themes

RCQPS has for the first time introduced themes of national priority in the area of QPS under which applicants should focus their proposed research. The theme for the 2019 funding cycle is Quality Improvement.

The HSE’s Framework for Improving Quality, defines Quality Improvement (QI) as the combined and unceasing efforts of everyone – healthcare professionals, patients and their families, researchers, commissioners, providers and educators – to make the changes that will lead to:

  • Better patient outcomes
  • Better experience of care
  • Continued development and supporting of staff in delivering quality of care

Research proposals are invited under two themes:

  1. Effective Quality Improvement

Proposals are invited that address one or more of the following:

  • Building evidence of novel approaches which increase effective Quality Improvement
  • Implementing Quality Improvement
  • Sustaining improvements in quality of care
  • Spreading effective Quality Improvement  across healthcare sites
  1. Building and Supporting  a Culture of Quality Improvement

Proposals are invited that address one or more of the following:

  • Leadership for Quality Improvement
  • Teamwork for Quality Improvement across disciplines
  • Effective communication for Quality Improvement
  • Building Quality Improvement Capacity and Capability
  • Exploring how high performing services foster a culture of Quality Improvement

How are Applications Prioritised?

We owe it to patients to allocate funding responsibly and ensure the maximum positive health impact. Each research application is carefully assessed and scored.

We consider:

  • Does this project address a quality and patient safety priority in Ireland?
  • Will the research design and methodology answer the research question?
  • Is there evidence that the collaborators have developed a genuine partnership to deliver on the proposed project?
  • Is there real potential for translation of the findings into policy and/or practice?

“This is a huge opportunity to immediately improve the quality of patient care.”

Dr Philip Crowley

Director of National Quality Improvement Team, Health Service Executive

RCQPS Approved Projects 2013 – 2018

Since the RCQPS Scheme was introduced in 2013, 9 projects have been awarded funding. For more information on individual awards please click here to access the HRB RCQPS Webpage. 

Project title Principal investigator Award value
How can a multi-disciplinary prescribing strategy support appropriate prescribing of oral nutritional supplements (ONS) by Irish general practitioners (GPs)? Professor Clare Corish €276, 334
How can mental health services and primary care best collaborate to enhance physical health outcomes among patients presenting with first episode of psychosis? A mixed methods study Professor Walter Cullen €276,539
OPTI-MEND: Optimising early assessment and intervention by health and social care professionals in the emergency department (ED) Dr Rose Galvin €277,166
Development of a multi-faceted approach to reducing and mitigating the risk of foreign object retention (FOR) Professor Sam Crombie €279,988
Supporting prescribing in Irish primary care: a non-randomised pilot study of a GP practice-based pharmacist medicines optimisation programme Professor Susan Smith €259,443
Making the patient a member of the healthcare team in chronic disease management: An ethnographic and participant action research analysis of living with epilepsy in Ireland (E-PIC: Epilepsy Partnership in Care) Ms Mary Fitzsimons €279,498
What are the clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness of different models of community specialist palliative care (CSPC) provision in Ireland? Professor Charles Normand €280,000
Can implementation of an emergency department monitoring and escalation protocol of adult patients in a large teaching hospital reduce the number of critical incidents and improve timely intervention in patients requiring a high level of care and improve Dr Conor Deasy €248,745
Supporting work participation through early intervention in patients with regional MSK pain Dr Deirdre Desmond €272,952
 

RCQPS Pre-application Guidance Notes 2019

RCQPS Pre-application Form 2019

Contact Us

 

For further details on the RCQPS please contact us:

 

RCQPS

General Enquiries

Email: rcqps@rcpi.ie

Tel: +353 1 8639 610

 

 

Dr Stephanie Whelan

RCQPS Research Coordinator

Tel: 01 8639 610