What is C-QuIPS?
The Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (C-QuIPS) is a joint partnership between the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine and three of its major teaching hospitals, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, the Hospital for Sick Children (‘SickKids’), and the Women’s College Hospital. The University constituted C-QuIPS as an Extra- Departmental Unit (a so-called ‘EDU’), defined as a flexible, multidisciplinary entity organized around emerging areas of research and teaching that span traditional disciplines.
C-QuIPS mission is to create, disseminate, and implement new knowledge in the field of patient safety and health care quality. More generally at the University of Toronto and its affiliated hospitals in order to provide the highest quality and safest possible care for our patients.
C-QuIPS staff and core members have produced papers and obtained grants in greater numbers than any comparable Canadian centre and on par with prominent international comparators. Our staff and core members have published papers and obtain grants (and have done so at an impressive rate). We chose to develop education and training programs as we believed that equipping clinicians and health care managers with the skills to carry out successful improvement projects in their own clinical settings would provide greater immediate benefits to local institutions and even longer-term benefits to the health care system at large. In recent years, we have developed a research program intrinsic to C-QuIPS. We continue to regard capacity building in QI through our educational programs as the centrepiece of C-QuIPS.
The three categories of CQuIPS membership are core, affiliate and general membership. These categories reflect the level of involvement an individual has in activities led by the Centre.
C-QuIPS is an Extra-Departmental Unit (EDU), defined by the University as a flexible, multidisciplinary entity organized around emerging research and teaching areas that cut across traditional disciplines and departments. The University constituted C-QuIPS as an EDU:C, meaning that we do not appoint faculty members or admit students (http://www.vpacademic.utoronto.ca/Extra- Departmental_Units.htm). Consistent with the model for other multi-departmental academic units at the University of Toronto, the Governance of the Centre for Patient Safety consists of an Executive Committee and an Advisory Council.