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Newsletter 10th December, 2015
We are pleased to announce a fourth round of our flagship E-Quality programme for 2016/2017 and invite bids for small scale or pilot educational projects.
The aim of this programme is to support small educational projects in member and associate member countries: ‘working locally, collaborating globally’.
We invite bids to support small educational projects from member and associate member countries (including low, middle and high-income countries). Projects may take place in one country or in partnership with colleagues from other countries.
In this round we will consider bids of up to £15,000 (GBP) and we hope to support 2 or 3 projects.
We will support small scale or pilot educational projects that:
  • Educate primary care health professionals involved in respiratory care (including multi-disciplinary groups)
  • Help primary care professionals to provide better quality respiratory diagnosis, treatment and care
  • Are designed to work within the local, or national, healthcare systems so that improvements can be sustained
  • Facilitate continuing education and training programmes
  • Have the potential, if they are successful, to be used as models for larger projects (including in other countries)
We conducted a review of the global literature on educational and quality improvement projects to define the criteria we will use to evaluate applications for funding. Now published and a copy is available here.
If you would like to apply for the next round of E-Quality you will need to:
  • Have the support of your member organisation if it is an IPCRG member or
  • If your country is an associate member of the IPCRG, the support of a local and relevant organisation or clinical group
  • Read this information about the E-Quality programme 2016/2017
  • Read the literature review that informed the development of our criteria
  • Complete the application form describing your educational and/or quality improvement project, and how you will test whether it achieves your proposed outcomes.
Project selection process - There is a two-stage process to decide which projects the IPCRG should support.
Stage 1 -
  • Complete the application form provided below – in Word format.
  • Submit the application to Linda Kennison, IPCRG Communications Assistant by mid-day on Wednesday 23rd March 2016.
  • If your first language is not English, and you need assistance to fill in the application form, contact Linda Kennison, IPCRG Communications Assistant as soon as possible and we will arrange for a mentor from the IPCRG to help you write your application. (The mentor will not be a member of the IPCRG panel, but will be able to advise on the best way to present your project)
  • Proposals will be reviewed by an expert IPCRG Panel who will consider the project on the information in the application (and no other information) to judge whether
  • The problem, aims and benefits fit with our ambitions for the E-Quality program
  • The findings have the potential to be developed into a larger project, or shared with other countries.
  • The intervention is evidence-based, is feasible and has a good chance of making a difference (see evidence in our literature review)
  • The applicant(s) can complete the project on time and within budget
Stage 2 - The feedback from the Panel will be sent to the applicants with some questions by Wednesday 20th April 2016.
Successful applicants will invited to meet the IPCRG panel to explain more about their project and answer the questions; producing a PowerPoint presentation of 3-5 slides on Thursday 26th May 2016 at the IPCRG 8th World Conference in Amsterdam. Applicants will be notified of the Panel’s decision by email following the conference. If any applicant is unable to attend the conference alternative arrangements (skype/tele conference) will be on offer.
Programme length - We expect the successful projects in the fourth round of E-Quality will start in autumn 2016 and complete towards the end of 2017 - in time to report at the IPCRG 9th World Conference in 2018. Projects must be completed on time and within budget. No extra time, or money will be available. If there are extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the researcher, the IPCRG MUST be kept informed.
Dissemination of findings - We expect the outcome of successful projects to be presented at an IPCRG conference, and the results published either in a peer-reviewed journal and/or as practical guidance to share with member countries.
Please find the application form on our E-Quality page here.
Please complete the application (which can be found at the bottom of the E-Quality page) and submit as a Word document to Linda Kennison, IPCRG Communications Assistant. Email: - to arrive by Wednesday 23rd March 2016, mid-day (UK time). We have included some tips in each section, but these are not the only examples as we are keen to hear about your ideas. 'The e-quality web pages also have information about projects which have been successful in previous calls
Kind Regards
E-Quality Programme Team
The International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) is a charity registered in Scotland working internationally (SC No: 035056) and a company limited by guarantee (Company number 256268)

The IPCRG is the Respiratory Special Interest Group of WONCA Europe and an Organisation in Collaborative Relations with WONCA Global 

The IPCRG is the primary care representative on WHO-Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD) Planning Executive

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