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 which include

Clinical Quality Improvement Program

What is CQIP?

The Clinical Quality Improvement Program (CQIP) is a 10-month course designed to build capability in leading improvement work, with a focus on clinical quality improvement projects. The program includes a mix of theory and experiential learning, along with individual coaching and a community of practice. CQIP is a sister program to Intermountain Healthcare’s internationally recognized mini-Advanced Training program that has been adapted for Saskatchewan’s health care system.

Who should participate in CQIP?

CQIP is designed for actively practising clinicians in a clinical context or setting from across Saskatchewan, including non-physicians and teams. CQIP is for all care settings — including long-term, community, acute and primary care.

While participants do not require previous quality improvement experience to take this program, some exposure is recommended. CQIP’s focus is on clinical quality improvement, but the knowledge and skills developed through this program can be applied to a diverse range of improvement projects.

CQIP has strong links to Appropriateness of Care

CQIP supports the Appropriateness of Care Program by providing physicians and other clinicians with the training required to lead clinical improvement projects, particularly those with clear alignment with health system strategic priorities.

Want more information?

For more information about the Clinical Quality Improvement Program, please download the application guide and application form below.

How to apply

Please read the application guide and fill out the application form. Applications may be submitted via email or printed and mailed to HQC’s main office.

Application deadline

The deadline to apply for the next session is June 11th, 2018. If you miss the deadline, you can still apply to be added to the waitlist for the next session.

For more information about the Clinical Quality Improvement Program, please contact

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.

Read Dr. Berry's full report

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

For more information about Lean Improvement Leader's Training, please contact:

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

For more information about QI Power Hour, please contact:

Other Learning Programs for Health Care Staff

Staff Orientation

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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

For more information about other learning programs, please contact:

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External Partners

Dr. Vicki Cattell

CQIP Coach

Saskatoon

Dr. Shamsuddin Fakhir

CQIP Coach

Saskatoon

Dr. Phillip Fourie

CQIP Faculty (Cohort 2)

Yorkton

Dr. Gary Groot

CQIP Faculty (Cohort 1 and 2)

Saskatoon

Dr. Erin Hamilton

CQIP Coach

North Battleford

Dr. Cecil Hammond

CQIP Faculty (Cohort 2)

Prince Albert

Dr. Jason Hosain

CQIP Faculty (Cohort 1 and 2)

Saskatoon

Dr. David Kopriva

CQIP Coach

Regina

Dr. Shabir Mia

CQIP Coach

Saskatoon

Dr. Bruce Murray

CQIP Coach

North Battleford

Dr. Rabia Shahid

CQIP Coach

Saskatoon

Dr. Nicolette Sinclair

CQIP Coach

Saskatoon

Dr. Guruswamy Sridhar

CQIP Coach

Regina