Quality Improvement

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Quality Improvement is a systematic approach to solving difficult issues. It is a structured method to help identify priorities, understand issues from different perspectives and identify new ideas which can then be tested.

It involves staff working together to implement innovative ideas which meet the needs of patients.

 

In the RCSI Hospital Group we use the Model for Improvement methodology to guide improvement projects. Project support includes both the theory of QI methodology and its application to practice-based projects.

The aim is to continuously improve the quality of care and services we provide for patients and families. To achieve this, we want to enable staff to proactively address quality problems in the workplace. In this section of the website, we provide a number of resources which staff can use to enhance their improvement skills, knowledge, and capabilities.

This section provides resources about planning, implementing and assessing Quality Improvement projects.

Introduction to Quality Improvement

Find out more about Quality Improvement in Practice with these simple steps to implementing sustainable improvements. Click here to download the document.

The Science of Improvement

Find out more about scientific approach to improvement including:

  • The Foundation of the Science of Improvement (Deming)
  • The Science of Quality Improvement/ Model for Improvement ( IHI)
  • Framework for Improving Quality in Our Health Service.

Click here to download the document.

The PDSA Cycle

PDSA’s take a change idea and test it in practice to see if it leads to improvement before it is implemented in practice. Click here to download the document.

Stakeholder Mapping and Team Formation

Find out more about stakeholder analysis and forming a Quality Improvement team. Click here to download the document.

Measurement for Improvement

Find out what is required for Quality Improvement, the importance of measurement and how to measure impact. Click here to download the document.

11 Steps to Quality Improvement

This simple guide sets out the 11 steps to Quality Improvement. Click here to download the document.

Submitting a Quality Improvement Initiative to the RCSI Hospital Group Quality and Patient Safety Hub

Guidance and information about preparing and submitting an initiative to the RCSI Hospital Group Quality and Patient Safety Hub. Click here to download the document.

Quality Improvement Project Status Report

This guide outlines the type of information required and measures to monitor and report upon a Quality Improvement Project. Click here to download the document.