A number of staff from Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore successfully completed a Course in Quality Improvement and were awarded for their achievement last week by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).
By Damian Moran
Fiona McMahon, Treasa De Paor and Oisín Ó hAlmhain from Portlaoise General Hospital joined 280 graduates from hospitals, community and children services throughout Ireland at Farmleigh House last Wednesday, 2nd March, to mark the course graduation, which was delivered through the IHI Open School and funded by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA).
The aim of this e-learning programme is to provide frontline staff and multidisciplinary teams with tools in quality improvement methodologies. Hospitals are continuously working to improve their compliance with the National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare and this programme will assist them greatly. The skills acquired through the course will enhance a patient safety culture service and facilitate service improvements within the hospital setting.
Addressing the audience, Dr Susan O’ Reilly, Chief Executive Officer of the Dublin Midland Hospital Group, of which Naas General Hospital is a constituent hospital, congratulated all staff and acknowledged their hard work:
“I would like to congratulate the staff of Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise who successfully completed this course and developed their skills in Quality Improvement. It is always a challenge to juggle a busy job caring for patients with the demands of such an educational course. It is a major achievement to complete such a course and now the graduates have a real opportunity to share their learnings and use their new skills to drive improvements in services that matter to patients.”
Dr. Philip Crowley, HSE National Director Quality Improvement, congratulated graduates, calling on them to return to their healthcare settings with the learnings and skills they have achieved: “The Quality Improvement Division of the HSE identified that “building capacity and capability for leadership and improvement” was one of the key priorities for 2015. We welcome the support by HIQA to build capacity and capability for leadership improvement. The staff who have completed the course should now return to their workplaces with a renewed enthusiasm to ensure that all our efforts are focused on providing a quality-driven, safe service for our patients.”
Director of Nursing & Midwifery for the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group, Eileen Whelan completed the Quality Improvement Programme. Eileen is a Quality Improvement Fellow from NHS Scotland and said:
“I am delighted so many Portlaoise Hospital staff availed of this great opportunity. Providing staff with access to the e-learning programme facilitated a wide range of staff with flexibility to complete the Programme at a location and time that suited the demands of their day to day work. The Programme provides an excellent opportunity to build on the basic quality improvement knowledge and skills, and it assists staff develop their expertise in implementing improvements in their daily work with patients. Investing in our staff is important and the IHI Programme demonstrates true value for money while delivering on patient centred services”
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) www.ihi.org offers quality, continuous improvement educational courses online for healthcare professionals. To date, over 100,000 students worldwide have participated in these courses.