Foundations to Quality Improvement (QI): Full-day IDEAS Training

IDEAS (Improving & Driving Excellence Across Sectors) is a comprehensive, evidence based quality improvement training program for Ontario’s mental health and addiction professionals. Participants become well versed in a common language and approach to quality improvement with the explicit aim to improve patient care, experience and outcomes.The Foundations of Quality Improvement introduces participants to:
  • Key quality improvement concepts,
  • Knowledge of foundational methods of quality improvement, and
  • Practical tools in order to improve patient care, processes and outcomes.
Participants complete the Foundations Program ready to participate in and contribute to quality improvement projects within or across mental health and addiction organizations.Learning objectives: The program aims to produce effective, QI project team members and promotes a common QI language. Terminology, tools (e.g. Fishbone Diagram, Measurement Plan, PDSA worksheets) and methods taught are based on the Model for Improvement. Participants are encouraged to work on a quality issue relevant to their home agency throughout group exercises to promote applicability of learnings following the session.Target audience: Clinical, support and administrative staff/volunteers working in Ontario’s community mental health and addiction sector who are or would like to participate in QI projects and consider themselves novice or in need of a refresh.Pre-work eLearning: All participants are required to complete four, online eLearning modules prior to attending the in-person training session. The modules take approximately 3 hours to complete. Information of how to access these modules will be sent to you following registration.For more information, email