Professional Diploma in Leading Quality and Value Improvement


Program Description

The Professional Diploma in Leading Quality and Value Improvement is an exciting new offering, which aims to develop quality improvement (QI) competencies in healthcare professionals and managers to help contribute to the development of a high-quality health system.

On successful completion of the programme, you will be skilled in QI methods and measures. You will be able to facilitate team-based clinical quality improvements and lead to broader organisational improvements. Crucially, you will be able to demonstrate 'value' for health service users by providing evidence of economy, efficiency and effectiveness.

Delivery and design

The Professional Diploma in Leading Quality and Value Improvement is delivered over nine months with three in-class days per module (nine in-class days in total). On-site classes run from 9 am until 5 pm and all teaching takes place at the Institute of Leadership, Sandyford, Dublin 18.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Currently, there are two intakes each year. The next intake will start in Autumn 2019 (pending accreditation).


  • Module 1: Fundamentals of Quality Improvement for Healthcare Professionals (10 ECTS)
  • Module 2: Measurement for Quality and Value Improvement (10 ECTS)
  • Module 3: Leadership & Strategy for Quality Improvement in the Health Services (10 ECTS)

Learning outcomes

The Professional Diploma in Leading Quality and Value Improvement aims to:

  • Develop participants’ as reflective practitioners and their knowledge of quality improvement research and theory to enable them to diagnose and treat quality and value opportunities in the healthcare system.
  • Develop participants’ knowledge of theories of quality improvement and leadership to enable them to facilitate teams to initiate and sustain improvement at all levels of the healthcare system.
  • Apply skills in improvement methods, the measurement for improvement and health economics in relation to the management of quality opportunities in complex healthcare environments.
  • Develop participants’ competence in group facilitation and organisational culture awareness so that quality and value improvement techniques employed the best fit with the organisational context.
  • Demonstrate the ability to challenge assumptions and to question processes, policies and procedures in the unpredictable environment of healthcare improvement work, both at individual and organisational levels.
  • Develop participants with the confidence, skills and insight to enable their capacity to fulfil a quality improvement leadership role in a healthcare environment.
  • Develop a strategic mindset in relation to the implementation of quality improvement in the health services and demonstrate the capacity to employ this in practice.
  • Recognise and reflect on the importance of demonstrating value in negotiating quality improvements in the healthcare setting.


This programme is delivered over a nine-month period and incorporates three contact days per module (nine contact days in total).

The first intake will commence in Autumn 2019 (pending accreditation).

Entry requirements

All applicants should hold a primary degree and be working in the healthcare sector. As there is an emphasis on clinical leadership, ideally applicants should be working in a clinical setting.

For applicants who don’t hold a primary degree, there is a recognition of prior learning (RPL) pathway outlined below.

Recognition of prior learning

The RCSI regulations for RPL provide a process and framework for validating and placing a value on prior learning for the purpose of:

  1. Admission
  2. Exemption
  3. Advanced entry/transfer between programmes

The EU Council (2012) defines validation as a process of confirmation by an authorised body that an individual has acquired learning outcomes measured against a relevant standard which consists of four distinct phases:

  1. Identification – dialogue of particular experiences of an individual
  2. Documentation – making visible the individuals experiences
  3. Assessment – formal assessment of these experiences
  4. Certification – the results of the assessment

These regulations are intended for use by the RCSI staff and faculty involved in admissions processes relating to applicants seeking an assessment of their prior learning for the purposes of admission, exemption or advanced entry/transfer between programmes and to provide clarity and direction for candidates during their application process.

Fees and funding

Student Fees

  • EU applicants: €5,750
  • Non-EU applicants: €11,500

Please note:

  • The tuition includes all resources, including core textbooks, access to our award-winning online learning portal and access to extensive RCSI-only databases.
  • The tuition fee is also inclusive of a NUI fee.
  • Fees are payable via instalments or in one lump sum.
  • We ask that students who are being sponsored or funded by their employer forward us on a funding confirmation letter. This can be sent to
Last updated Jan 2020

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