Sustainable QI National Safety Programmes

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Welcome to the Sustainable QI Team page! 



Hibernating Quality Improvement Projects

Many staff members working on Quality Improvement (QI) projects have been deployed to support the HSE response to COVID-19. Existing programmes are being placed on hold while we are applying expertise in responding in other areas, informed by our QI thinking and approach.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland have created draft guidance on how to hibernate QI programmes. It outlines steps to be considered when hibernating programmes to make it easier to reinstate them later on.

You can access the draft guidance here 


We are working to enable a culture of improvement.  We will do this by supporting sustainable QI projects within the Irish health service.

Our aim is to support people who use and deliver health services to  integrate quality and safety into their daily work and health care experience. We will work together to achieve this through on-going engagement, co-design and partnership.

Based on consultation with people across the health services, we are working with services on five agreed Patient Safety areas.  These are: (click here to learn more)


1. Falls

2. Pressure ulcers

3. Medication safety

4. Deteriorating patient

5. QI for healthcare boards


We will offer different partnership approaches and methodologies to do this work.

We recognise these five priority areas as key to improving safety across all health settings.  The HSE Patient Safety Strategy and the Sláintecare implementation plan will also influence this work.  

National Safety Programmes in collaboration between the National QI Team and health services across the country include:


National Patient Safety Collaboratives Box Medication Safety Improvement Box Decontamination Box


If you are working on a quality improvement project you may find the resources in the QI Toolkit helpful.

Quality Improvement Toolkit box


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