Learning programs for health care professionals

Saskatchewan has competency-based learning pathways related to quality improvement for anyone working in health care – regardless of their title or role. HQC offers a number of learning programs that support these pathways.

Clinical Quality Improvement Program

The Clinical Quality Improvement Program (CQIP) gives health care providers the opportunity to grow their ability to lead clinical quality improvement. The 10-month course is designed specifically for Saskatchewan physicians and other health care providers and includes a mix of theory and experiential learning, along with individual coaching and a community of practice.

CQIP is a sister program to the internationally recognized mini-Advanced Training Program, developed by Intermountain Healthcare system in Utah. It has been adapted for the Saskatchewan health care system. HQC, in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Medical Association and the Ministry of Health, is currently piloting the new learning program with a group of 16 physicians from around the province.

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Lean Improvement Leader’s Training

Front-line leaders have a critical role to play coaching their staff to make health care better and safer for patients. The Lean Improvement Leaders Training program is for managers, supervisors and other improvement champions who want to develop the knowledge and skills to lead their staff in applying continuous improvement methods to their work. It is an applied program that provides participants with the opportunity to put concepts and theory into action in their own local work areas. LILT has been offered across the province since 2014.

A 2016 independent evaluation of LILT found participants liked the applied nature of the program and the flipped classroom model. Respondents also identified support from supervisors and opportunities to network with other participants as keys to success in the program.

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What Health Care Leaders Are Saying about LILT

I am in a SILO of one – It is nice to see and interact with people and get an idea of what they are doing and how they are applying things.

LILT Participant

Keep the focus on the learn-do model. The priority is the growth and development of the individuals, not just passing and failing: what I am learning, how is it shaping me, and how can I be intentional about passing it on to others?

LILT Coach

The program was generally reported to be well organized, and well facilitated. The applied nature of the program and the usefulness of the assignments was lauded by most participants and leaders.

Dr. Lois Berry, RN , Ph.D

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QI Power Hour

One of HQC’s priorities is to build learning systems that share knowledge on improving health care quality and safety throughout Saskatchewan. HQC is proud to facilitate the QI Power Hour learning series. Everyone is welcome to participate in these free, monthly webinar sessions on an array of quality improvement-related topics.

What participants are saying about QI Power Hour

This session was great. It provided the perfect level of information for someone starting to coach others about measures.

QI Power Hour Participant

There were elements of the presentation that directly linked to issues our team (has) identified as things to work at understanding better.

QI Power Hour Participant

Pressed for time?

One hour a month is all it takes to build and grow your quality improvement knowlege.

Join us for the next QI Power Hour

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Other Learning Programs for Health Care Staff

Staff Orientation


In collaboration with our partners, we have developed a half-day workshop on the basic principles of continuous improvement. It is designed to prepare new staff for working within a patient-first health system and equip them to do daily improvement.

Physician Onboarding

HQC works with key stakeholders to provide introductory quality improvement training to physicians just entering the Saskatchewan health care System. This includes residents and internationally trained physicians.

Other learning programs available within the Saskatchewan health care system

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Latest news: Learning programs for health care professionals

Quality improvement program for physicians accepting applications until Oct. 31, 2017
Friday, Sep 1, 2017

Quality improvement program for physicians accepting applications until Oct. 31, 2017

“It has been one of the best learning experiences in my working life.” That’s how one of the 16 current participants in the Clinical Quality Improvement Program (CQIP)...

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Saskatoon Health Region physicians discuss CQIP projects
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Saskatoon Health Region physicians discuss CQIP projects

In January 2017, 16 Saskatchewan doctors became the first participants in the new Clinical Quality Improvement Program (CQIP), which was launched by the Health Quality Council (HQC) in...

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CQIP participants gather for 'truly exciting' first workshop
Thursday, Apr 20, 2017

CQIP participants gather for 'truly exciting' first workshop

Physician participants in Saskatchewan’s new Clinical Quality Improvement Program (CQIP) gathered together earlier this month for an inspiring two-day workshop, which marked the first...

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