A number of staff from Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise successfully completed a Course in Quality Improvement and were awarded for their achievement last week by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).
Mary Fitzpatrick, Loretta Jenkins, Siobhan McCann, Mary O’Connor and Marie Philbin from Portlaoise General Hospital joined 280 graduates from hospitals, community and children services throughout Ireland at Farmleigh House recently 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 Groupl, 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.