Education provision - Quality Improvement

Learning opportunities in quality improvement (QI) to help you improve paediatric health services and the quality of care delivered to children and young people. Face-to-face courses are offered in London and across the UK.


Introduction to Quality Improvment and Patient Safety (QIPS) course

This course aims to introduce participants to the concept of QIPS in the healthcare setting and is a multi-disciplinary initative.   

We know that the healthcare system in which we work is not always perfect. We are good at identifying problems and auditing practice but often struggle to implement change and improvement. The RCPCH is committed to using quality improvement approaches to try and remedy this. Many child health professionals, however, are not experienced in this area and can feel daunted. The RCPCH is committed to using quality improvement approaches to support efforts to rectify this situation.

A highly interactive day, this course is aimed at everyone interested or involved with child health, across all disciplines and professions who have limited or no experience of QI. We hope that participants will have the chance to meet other interested people in their region and develop networks to support QI activity.

The course will cover basic QI methodologies including the IHI Model for Improvement, PDSA cycles, process mapping, stakeholder engagement and measuring for improvement. We will also consider experiences of success and failure and examine how we can share good practice.

By the end of the day we expect that participants will feel equipped and inspired to undertake QI projects in their place of work.  If you are frustrated by problems in healthcare, and if you have energy and enthusiasm for change then this one-day course is for you.

Introduction to QIPS Sessions

  • Why is QI important?
  • How can QI be facilitated?
  • Models for Improvement:
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Process mapping
  • Writing a SMART aim
  • Measuring data
  • Sustainability
  • Local engagement

Introduction to QIPS Aims and Objectives

The aim of this course is to build enthusiasm for quality improvement and establish connections and networks in your region; collaborating on projects to improve the care of children and young people.

By the end of the day you should be able to: 

  • Identify an area for improvement and the major stakeholders
  • Use and understand models for improvement
  • Know how to initiate and sustain your QI project
  • You should also have begun to network and share ideas with others

Find an upcoming course

Quality Improvement: How to make services work better for you and your patients elearning

This online module will help you to:
  • Understand what Quality Improvement (QI) is and its use in healthcare
  • Know where to access information regarding quality improvement and what resources are available
  • Initiate a QI project, putting theory into practice. 
Work through the sections of the module and then take the module Assessment test. You can use the links in the Resources section to look up further information on QI at any time.

QIPS Improvement Training 2017/2018  

Over the coming year the College will be developing its Quality Improvement (QI) training offer with a combination of both e-learning and face-to-face courses.

The training will aim to support individuals, local hospitals/communities and regional collaborative networks to embed QI into the workplace. It will focus on three essential areas:

- Working in multidisciplinary teams

- Involving patients and carers 

- Leadership and developing QI coaches

We plan to offer training in both the basic tools and principles of QI and the application of these within certain services or topics/workstreams, such as ambulatory care, integrated care, patient safety and medicine safety. The aim of these training days will be to support multi-professional teams to embed QI principles in services and develop QI networks.


If you are interested in contributing to the development of the QI educational programme, please contact Sarah Fellows