HSE Quality and Safety Signals Programme – Clinical Advisory Group


Research Area:

Maternity and Neonatal services/ Quality and Patient Safety Intelligence

What is the research about?

The HSE Quality and Safety Signals Programme aims to establish an online system that makes the best use of available data for patient safety surveillance and quality improvement. The new system is being developed and piloted initially in Maternity and Neonatal Services. This programme has received funding from the Government of Ireland’s Sláintecare Integration Innovation fund.


The HSE’s National Quality and Patient Safety Directorate (NQPSD) and the National Women and Infant’s Health Programme (NWIHP) are leading this work and have developed a research collaboration with researchers at UCD (UCD IRIS Centre, lead by Prof Eilish McAuliffe).


This research is focused on developing and testing a way to analyse multiple data-sets together to detect signals of concern or improvement relating to the quality and safety of services, which may not be detected by looking at each data-set on its own.


Our PPI plans
We are looking for two PPI contributors to sit on the Clinical Advisory Group, a multi-disciplinary group including clinicians and subject matter experts from across the six Maternity Networks. The Clinical Advisory Group provide expertise and advise on clinical matters relating to the development of the Quality and Safety Signals System.


Key areas of focus include:

  1. Co-designing the outputs of the new system so that the information produced by looking at multiple data-sets together will be useful and usable in maternity and neonatal services
  2. Informing the design of clinical governance arrangements to support the new system

Opportunity for:

Member of the public / Service user

Involvement Opportunity Details


Time commitment:

One online meeting (1.5hrs) every two months until December 2024, with one PPI Preparation meeting (1 hr) in advance of these meetings to brief the PPI contributors on the upcoming meeting and to provide support in completing any tasks requested of Clinical Advisory Group members

Contact between meetings:

The Clinical Advisory Group members may be asked to complete some tasks between meetings, for example, to complete an online Delphi survey

Length of involvement:

18 months initially

Start date for involvement:





If online, explain how:

Microsoft Teams Online Meetings, communication via Email

If in person, explain where:

Not applicable

Other ways of communicating:

Posting letters and supporting documentation / Telephone Calls

Funding available for:

Travel and other expenses

If no funding available, explain why:

Not applicable

Other Information

Stage of the research study/ programme:

Research started

Is this opportunity for PPI in a PhD:


Closing date to contact researchers:


Research Team

Contact person:

Marcella O'Dowd


HSE National Quality and Patient Safety Directorate/ UCD IRIS Centre

Contact email:


Researcher background:

Health Services Research, Measurement for Improvement

Research funder:

HSE National Quality and Patient Safety Directorate


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