Lean Healthcare – Yellow Belt


Quality improvement (QI) and Lean training are now becoming a pre-requisite for many healthcare professionals. With the widespread adoption of quality initiatives in Irish healthcare, it is imperative for all staff working within a clinical setting including medicine to have a hands-on understanding of QI tools, techniques and methodologies.

In this course, you will learn techniques for improving processes and implementing change in your hospital or department, and develop abilities that are highly portable across you organisation and internationally.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the concepts of Lean Healthcare and the key improvement tools associated with the methodology
  • Practical use of the Lean tools and templates already in use in the health service
  • Develop a charter for an improvement project using the tools and techniques of Lean Six Sigma
  • Confidence to undertake small improvement projects using the Yellow Belt tool

Suitable for: NCHDs working in the health service; multidisciplinary team members supporting NCHDs in hospitals

Design and delivery

This three-day Yellow Belt programme uses a targeted and supported team-based approach to project-based problem-solving within the health service. The programme structure is as follows:

Day 1: 11 November 2022 (online)
This session focuses on an introduction to the concept of Lean and Lean Healthcare.  Following Day 1 each team will have an action plan to characterise and investigate the process opportunities.

Day 2: 18 November 2022 (online)
This session focuses on quality improvement in your department and how Lean Healthcare methodology can help achieve this.

Day 3: 25 November 2022 (online)
This session is used to identify potential projects within you hospitals and department and, as a group, identify the most appropriate approach to deploying these. The course has little or no statistical content and will focus on identifying waste, using team tools, connecting knowledge-based tools and identifying data collection requirements to improve process learning.

Project presentation: 10 December 2022 (in-person)
A 30-minute group presentation of your project and its impact, with feedback from the mentors on project enhancements and next-generation projects.