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Virtual Lean Healthcare – Yellow Belt

Continuous Professional Development Support Scheme


Quality improvement (QI) and Lean training is now becoming a pre-requisite for many healthcare professionals and this is becoming increasingly important in surgery and emergency medicine.

As part of the programme participants learn excellent techniques for improving processes and implementing change in your hospital or department, but they also develop abilities that are highly portable across the organisation and internationally.

With the widespread adoption of quality initiatives in Irish healthcare, it is imperative for all staff working within the emergency department and surgery have a hands-on understanding of QI tools, techniques and methodologies.

These tools and techniques have been successfully used in many hospitals to improve the working experience of staff and the overall experience of the patient.

This course is designed for NCHDs working in the health service, but is also equally applicable to multi-disciplinary team members who support the NCHDs within hospitals.


This programme equates to 21 CPDs of content and is delivered across five module. Each modules is made of the following components: 

  • Recorded introduction to the module
  • A written summary of the module and key learnings
  • A series of short recorded lecturers
  • Some within cases studies
  • Some video case studies which focus on the practical proven implementation of Lean and QI
  • Optional discussion groups

Learning outcomes

  • An understanding of 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
  • Development of a charter for an improvement project using the tools and techniques of Lean Six Sigma
  • Confidence to undertaking small improvement projects using the yellow belt tool set