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Trinity College Dublin at The University of Dublin has launched a Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Innovation.

Developed by Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workspace in collaboration with the School of Medicine and Health Innovation Hub Ireland, this Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Innovation brings together the academic expertise with the entrepreneurial capacity of a world class innovation hub to deliver something unique.

According to the college, graduates will develop entrepreneurial skills that can be applied across multiple aspects of healthcare innovation, from products and services to processes and systems.

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They will be given critical and lateral thinking skills to evaluate the social and economic value of new opportunities for innovation and the confidence to take ideas forward for funding and support and through to implementation.

Professor Dan Maher, Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Medicine, said: “At a national level, we often think of innovation being brought into the healthcare system from the outside. But more importantly, there is a need to foster and build innovation form within the healthcare delivery sector and to create ambassadors for continuous innovation into the future.”

Rapidly evolving technologies, an ageing population and economic challenges will all dramatically impact healthcare provision in the future, the university stresses. Innovation is needed to pave the way for more convenient and effective healthcare delivery and improved outcomes for patients.

Graduates who complete the course, which will be delivered online, will be empowered to investigate a diverse range of innovation-related topics and act on opportunities in a variety of healthcare contexts, Trinity College London adds.

The course begins on 26th March 2021 and ends on 24th July 2021.

It comes as more organisations worldwide recognise the importance of healthcare innovation in increasing people’s independence and wellbeing.

For instance, the British Assistive Technology Association (BATA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are currently running a survey about priority assistive technology products in the UK.

Aimed at relevant UK stakeholders, the survey will bring to light the different types of assistive technology that every person in the country should have access to. This priority assistive products list (APL) will help the UK plan, procure and provide essential assistive technology products to the elderly and disabled people who need it most, says BATA.

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