Lews Castle College UHI welcomed its first cohort of 20 students on the newly developed Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Quality Improvement at the UHI PGT Induction Weekend, held in early September at the Centre for Health Science in Inverness. The new award is a collaboration between Lews Castle College UHI and NHS Highland, through the Highlands and Islands Improvement Institute (HIᵌ).

There is increasing interest across the world in innovative approaches to improving quality and reducing waste, harm, and variation in both public and private health and social care services. The award focuses on the practical application of several quality improvement methods, such as Model for Improvement, Lean, and Patient Safety approaches, with a deep theoretical understanding that can be applied to health and social care services.

The students are pictured here with Dr Cameron Stark (far left), one of the module leaders. Dr Rachel Erskine leads the Postgraduate Certificate as an exit award from the already very well established Masters in Health & Wellbeing programme.