Do you have an improvement project in mind?

The Health Quality & Safety Commission is seeking expressions of interest applications for primary care improvement projects for the second round of Whakakotahi.

Whakakotahi is an innovative, sector-led initiative to develop quality improvement capacity in primary care. It’s an opportunity to start and continue valuable conversations with primary care, raise the sector’s capability to use improvement science to effect better patient care and outcomes, and lay important foundations for future improvement work in primary care.

Applicants are welcome to submit proposals about any facet, element or area of patient care that they would like to improve through participating in Whakakotahi, and one that is important to their patients/community and to them as providers of care.

You get to choose the initiative!

All primary care providers are invited to apply including general practice, community pharmacy, Māori health, or other primary care provider. Applications should be submitted with the endorsement and support of the relevant primary health care organisation.

Initiatives for this project must support one or more of the Commission’s three primary care strategic priority areas: equity, integration and consumer engagement.

Read more about Whakakotahi.

Whakakotahi work programme

The Commission will work with the successful applicants on their improvement projects following a structure similar to the IHI breakthrough series (collaborative) methodology, underpinned by the Model for Improvement.

We will bring all of the improvement teams together for three group learning events for quality improvement teaching and workshops, idea sharing, and networking. Between these group learning events, the Commission’s quality improvement advisor and project manager will provide virtual (eg, teleconference calls, Skype) and on-site support and mentoring to the improvement teams, as needed.

Whakakotahi timeline

The Commission is committed to working with primary care providers to build quality improvement capability. After the first, innovative phases of Whakakotahi (the 2017 and 2018 challenges), future work will depend on how suitable the completed projects are to spread and scale.

Whakakotahi is the start of our journey together. While we collectively and incrementally build improvement science capability and progress the selected Whakakotahi improvement projects, the Commission will continue to work with a broad range of primary care stakeholders and partners to lay the groundwork for future improvement work in the sector.

Will you join Whakakotahi?

Application process

The Commission has a five-stage process for receiving and processing applications:

3 July–1 September 2017

Short application for EOI
EOI applications will be accepted from 3 July 2017 to midday on 1 September 2017. These should be in the EOI format attached.
4–29 September 2017
The selection panel will review all applications and prepare a shortlist if required.
2 October–24 November 2017
Full proposal templates completed
Shortlisted applicants notified who will then complete a full proposal with assistance from the Commission. We will contact applicants at the earliest opportunity to allow this information to be collated. Applicants should be aware of the additional information required when resubmitting their improvement project proposal.
27 November to 15 December 2017
Selection process
Applicants will be invited to connect with the selection panel via teleconference for a brief Q&A session about their proposal. The selection panel will then make recommendations to the Commission on the preferred proposals. Applicants will be advised about the outcome of the final selection process by 15 December 2017.
18 December 2017 to 26 January 2018
MOU negotiations and start-up
The Commission and successful applicants will finalise a memorandum of understanding. Improvement project start-up will commence in February 2018 and finish by June 2019.

Further information and how to apply

For more information, or to apply, please download our guidelines and application pack. You can also read more about Whakakotahi and the primary care progamme in our project charter.

Whakakotahi webinar/web meetings

The Commission will be hosting three short webinar/web meetings to provide background about Whakakotahi and allow time for Q&As about the application and selection process for this round, or other issues that interested parties may wish to raise.

Each session will be identical in terms of format and content, so there are three separate opportunities to attend. All are welcome. The dates of the webinar/web meetings are:

  1. Tuesday, 18 July 2017: 5.30pm to 6.00pm
  2. Tuesday, 1 August 2017: 5.30pm to 6.00pm
  3. Tuesday, 15 August 2017: 5.30pm to 6.00pm

If you are interested in attending, please email John Kristiansen (project manager) specifying which session you would like to attend; details about how to join the webinar/web meeting will then be forwarded to you and for wider circulation if you wish.

Last updated 07/08/2017