The Research Collaborative in Quality and Patient Safety (RCQPS) is a collaborative initiative between the Health Research Board, the Health Service Executive, National Quality Improvement Team and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. It was established in 2013 to advance nationally relevant research in the area of quality and patient safety (QPS).
The model used for this scheme involves collaboration between knowledge users and academic researchers. Those interested in partaking in QPS research are encouraged to register onto the RCQPS Database. The database will be circulated to support and enhance collaboration on research proposals.
Since its inception, nine awards (and one pilot study) have been funded, amassing to an approximate €2.8 million investment in healthcare research. RCPI manage the application and peer review process and the HRB manage funded projects.
In April 2019, RCQPS pledged a further €1.6 million to quality and patient safety research over the next three years.
The Research Collaborative in Quality and Patient Safety is currently paused.
“This is a huge opportunity to immediately improve the quality of patient care.”
Dr Philip CrowleyDirector of National Quality Improvement Team, Health Service Executive
‘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 Mairéad O'DriscollChief Executive at the Health Research Board
On average it takes 17 years for health research to translate into clinical practice. Translation of research into patient benefit more rapidly is a policy priority of the Irish healthcare system. In order to aid this process of knowledge translation the RCQPS issue calls for research proposals from a team comprising experienced researchers and those at the forefront of healthcare services and policy-making (termed knowledge users) to address nationally relevant research in the area of quality and patient safety. This collaborative model has been proposed as the most likely to ensure that research findings are relevant and responsive and can influence decision making in the health and social care system.
We want to fund projects in the area of quality and patient safety.
We want to drive improvements in healthcare quality and patient safety through research.
We are working towards this by:
This year’s applications are invited under the following theme:
Using a Quality Improvement approach to design novel interventions, systems or processes to deliver care based on the needs that have arisen from the direct or indirect impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic in Irish health and social care at one of the following levels:
RCQPS awards typically provide funding up to a maximum award value of €280,000 (inclusive of overheads) for projects.
The duration of RCQPS funding is up to 24 months.
Applications should be made on behalf of a team which is made up of academic researchers and knowledge users (people in positions 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 applicant team should designate a Lead Applicant from the research team and the knowledge user team. Research findings will have a direct impact on decision-making in the knowledge user organisation and it must be clear how the knowledge user will be integrated throughout the project. Researchers should be at mid-stage or senior stage in their career. Experience in patient-orientated and clinical research, population health research and/or health services research is essential.
Please complete the pre-application form and email it to email@example.com by 10 June 2021 12pm.
Typical RCQPS Application Process:
We owe it to patients to allocate funding responsibly and ensure the maximum positive health impact. Each research application is carefully assessed and scored by grant selection panels composed of experts from the scientific community including quality improvement and patient safety, with experience working on collaborative projects with clinician leadership and health services management for knowledge exchange activities.
We consider both scientific and knowledge translation criteria with equal weighting:
Scientific criteria (50% weighting)
Knowledge translation criterion (50% weighting)
An assessment of PPI approach may influence the assessment of any or all criteria depending on the nature of the proposed research.