Why is the workshop so intensive? Are five days really necessary?
RPIWs are necessarily intensive for two principal reasons: First, the educational component ‐ a “how to” of rigorous process improvement ‐ is meant to allow participants to apply similar methodologies to other problems in their work environments. In short, they will both “do” and learn. Secondly, RPIWs are typically focused on processes that are complex, with variation and often have been the focus of prior, ineffective change efforts. Several days to vastly improve such a process and hold the gains is often very little when considered in this way. Many improvements in our health and care system will cross many departments and organisational boundaries and involve staff from many health and care organisations and the third sector.