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Our PI’s Prof John Higgins & Prof Seamas Donnelly, in the ‘Irish Medical Times’ on health innovation and the potential for change through our Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation

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Hub is an inspiration for integrated health innovation

Lead Principal Investigator of the Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI), Prof John Higgins, is urging doctors and healthcare staff to come forward with new and inventive ideas. If you have an innovation, if you think you could improve our health service and you just want someone to help move your idea to reality, the door of the Hub is open.

Prof Higgins, who is Clinical Director for Maternity Services for South-South West, and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, spoke recently to Irish Medical Times about how the joint-government initiative, HIHI, has been mentoring and fostering innovation from healthcare staff.

Prof Higgins and Course Director Prof Seamas Donnelly discussed how recently the Hub has advanced to providing a new Level 9 postgraduate diploma, incorporating a practical enterprise and theoretical studies, beginning this September to be delivered by Trinity College Dublin (TCD).

A mentor for healthcare professionals
Broadly speaking, on the one hand, the Health Innovation Hub Ireland has been set up to provide innovators working across the health sector with an avenue for their inventions or ideas. Under its remit, the Hub acts as a mentor to healthcare professionals, from funding applications to industry partnerships.

On the other hand, it is working with Irish businesses as a broker offering the opportunity to pilot clinical validation studies. In turn, this is intended to provide the health service with access to innovative products, services and devices that they may not otherwise be exposed to up to now.

HIHI was originally established by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and the Department of Health, supported by Enterprise Ireland and the Health Service Executive (HSE) to drive collab­oration between the health service and enterprise. As the last government programme for jobs gained momentum, one of the key action points in health was to set up a demonstrator hub for innovation, which led to the establishment of the HIHI.

A small organisation to begin with, Prof Higgins said the demonstrator Hub began in Cork. Largely, he suggested, because of the cohesion it appeared to have across that spectrum between the clinical service, teaching, training, research, innovation and job creation, this allowed the concept to be piloted.

Creating real synergy

The first thing the Hub did was put out a call to companies or individuals who felt they had an idea. Prof Higgins said that for companies, “All that we provided was access to the system, and we married them with the clinical area which would have an interest and a need for using that product.”

He added: “The clinical side gets access to a solution for a problem, and if you get it right, you get real synergy. It means for the company, or for the person hoping to manufacture and sell a product, they get it used in real life, they get it assessed.

“They undertake a defined project and they get an assessment and report at the end of that, which is very useful for them.”

An innovation could then progress to the next level after being assessed through the auspices of HIHI. The company or individual provided them with a report “on what we did, how it went and what the pros and cons were”, added Prof Higgins.

“On the health side, the enthusiasm is great, and if you can match with the appropriate location you will generally find within any services, enthusiasts and advocates, people who will take on the project and run with it.”

Once that happened, the idea or concept progressed into something; they had been proven as something worthwhile and needed in the clinical service.

“Health is the world’s biggest human enterprise. Ireland is uniquely successful in manufacturing medical devices and pharmaceuticals as contributors to our economic success but, if you are that strong in one area, you could be vulnerable. It is even better if you are also very strong in innovation,” Prof Higgins said.

An appetite for change
He believed that development of new devices that changed the cutting edge made us stronger and much less vulnerable in the healthcare enterprise business. That was accepted.

“I think there is an enormous appetite for change; in particular that staff are feeling new ideas and innovation are okay. There hasn’t been a culture of ‘We want you to think outside the box’. I don’t think staff feels the response to suggestions has been, ‘Yes, go for it’. What the Hub is saying, supported by the HSE, by the Department of Health and Enterprise and all research jobs creation organisations is, ‘Yes to innovation and yes to change’.”

Academic partners
The Hub was headquartered in Cork but they were also in Dublin and Galway, embedded in hospital groups and four academic partners. The purpose of having academic partners was to give an organisational framework that recognised the fact that healthcare at its most successful demanded education, research, training innovation and job creation in health to be components of the whole picture — or you did not get the kind of moving learning organisation which we needed in the long-term.

It was not meant to be an organisation that just existed in two or three hospital groups. One of the requirements in setting up the national Hub had been the extension of the initiative from three areas into all hospital groups and academic partners to become a truly extended national entity. There was a requirement for them to work on that over the next couple of years.

Essentially, the Hub was a partnership of clinical and academic centres with three strands. One was industry and enterprise, which needed the healthcare system to be open to new inventions.

“The healthcare system has struggled to give those opportunities to Irish-based homegrown enterprises. Ireland is a really small place and for anybody ambitious it is very difficult.”

Working through the Hub provided the advantage of access to the Health Research Board (HRB). Enterprise Ireland and the IDA Ireland, the agency responsible for the attraction and retention of inward foreign direct investment into Ireland, and meant permission for a new product to be trialled. The second strand aimed to provide somewhere to start and where to bring ideas. “I have been looking at this that has not been strong in our culture,” Prof Higgins added.

The third strand to the Hub had been education which he said was so important to change different cultures. “We have had two workshops and they have been oversubscribed,” he said.

Here Prof Donnelly, who is also Professor of Medicine and Director for Global Relations at the School of Medicine, TCD and HIHI Principal Investigator, said one of the challenges from the HSE and Enterprise Ireland to TCD had been to develop and offer general training focusing on rapid adapters in the healthcare sector.

What they had developed in response had been three levels of complexity. One was a roadshow introducing the Hub, their strategy and what their educational pillars were in the context of healthcare innovation.

From that, they had followed up with those who had participated and had shown they were interested in further educational opportunities focused on innovation. If they wished, they could progress to attending five one-day workshops held over a year. “If they attend all five, they receive a certificate as ambassadors of innovation awarded by the Hub.”

And now, for those who were committed to the next level, TCD were offering a Diploma at Level 9 over one year.

Looking to this first year of the postgraduate diploma due to run from coming September to August 2020. It is structured to provide in-depth study into details and different aspects on adoption of innovation as well as challenges and obstacles to adoption of innovation.
Parallel to that, students will also do an individual research project related to their own work environment.

Encouraged to find solutions
Within the first semester of the diploma they will be encouraged to identify a problem and potential solution within their work environment. With guidance and expertise of the Hub, from an education perspective, they will then work out how the solution could be implemented in the work setting. The practical project is to be undertaken particularly across the last eight months of the diploma.

Commercial potential
Prof Donnelly expressed the hope that there would be a number of projects which may turn out to have commercial potential and the Hub could introduce to the Enterprise Ireland commercialisation pathway. The individuals will carry out all their own development work on their ideas and concepts but the Hub will remain available in offering an advisory role. “And they have an opportunity to take that idea as far as is feasible,” he added.

The postgraduate diploma is open to HSE employees and people working in the healthcare sector, both in the pharmaceutical industry and with other healthcare providers, whether in the private or public sector. They will be expected to have a basic second class honours degree, and would need to be working in the healthcare environment.
The course aims include inspiring participants in the context of innovation, to show them detailed examples of where it had worked in the health sector globally, and to give them an ability to assess in a comprehensive manner, the value of any new applications proposed to them.

Fear factor of change
Prof Donnelly believed that a lot of resistance in the healthcare sector could be through a fear factor of change. He felt that if you had people who were open to change and the adoption of technology, that could impact on the approach by a whole department, and benefit patients ultimately.

The diploma is built around small working groups, assignments and project working groups as well as distance learning. The core of the postgraduate diploma involves six foundation modules and the parallel innovation project running as a sequence of two linked modules. There are some formal lectures but the focus is on guiding the student along the path. The programme is based in the HIHI, in the main hospital on the St James’s Hospital Campus.

The six two-day focus workshops are held on Fridays and Saturdays every six weeks.

Prof Donnelly added that the number one strategic pillar within TCD was innovation. The university owned a site at the Grand Canal Dock where the major tech companies were based, and was planning significant investment in building an innovation quarter over a three- to five-year plan and ultimately, the Hub would be based there.

 

By Valerie Ryan 18th July 2019 (Irish Medical Times: https://www.imt.ie/features-opinion/hub-inspiration-integrated-health-innovation-18-07-2019/)

HIHI welcomes ‘Choose New Jersey’ mission to Ireland

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Choose New Jersey kicked off a multi-city business attraction mission across Ireland this week to increase economic ties between New Jersey and Ireland. The business delegation includes nearly 20 representatives from sectors as diverse as finance, education, health care and development. The delegation spent the day in Dublin, Ireland and will be in Cork, Ireland on Tuesday and in Galway, Ireland on Wednesday.

HIHI were pleased to host the delegation in the St James based Dublin office, presenting on HIHI in the Irish health eco system. HIHI client Una Kearns, founder of Mypateintspace, also joined to share her product development journey as an Enterprise Ireland Comeptive Start Up fund winner, now working with HIHI to develop her product in oncology.

The Enterprise Ireland hosted visit marks New Jersey’s first business and participant led international business attraction mission. Ireland and New Jersey are closely aligned in their strategy to create an innovation economy, and both economies have thriving FinTech, life sciences, medical device and food industry economies.

 

Health Innovation Hub Ireland’s role in the Irish Medtech Ecosystem in ‘Medtech Entrepreneur’

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Medtech Entrepreneur is a must read for anyone interested in Irish healthcare technology. Health Innovation Hub Ireland is delighted to feature in this excellent publication by the Irish Medtech Association. This is an anthology of the Irish success stories and highlights the supportive ecosystem that drives this innovation. Click here for the full publication.

Irish Times series: Irish Health Innovators: Dr Elaine Spain, SepTec

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When Elaine Spain was growing up, she wanted to be a vet for a time and then a teacher. Secondary school revealed a natural ability for science, enhanced by a love of forensic science TV shows. Today, after a BSc in Analytical Science and PhD. in Electrochemical Sensors Elaine is co-developer of SepTec, an In-Vitro diagnostic device that screens blood for the diagnosis of sepsis, identifying pathogens within 15 minutes. Broadly speaking, pathogens are anything that can produce disease.

Sepsis is an often-fatal condition. The body launches an overpowering immune response to an infection that causes more damage to the body than the infection itself. A critical unmet need in combating sepsis is speed of diagnosis. Current clinical diagnosis times are one to five days depending on the pathogen type. An insidious condition, sepsis symptoms are non-specific. Patients present with flu like symptoms such as shivering or aches/pains. Often sepsis goes undiagnosed.

Elaine describe sepsis as “an equal-opportunity killer, impacting people of all ages and levels of health.” In fact, she says, “every three heartbeats someone in the world dies of sepsis.” SepTec addresses the critical issues of time and accuracy with the condition. It combines screening and pathogen identification in one compact, near-patient instrument. By being near-patient rather than lab-based, SepTec is more cost-effective, portable, easier-to-use and extends the facility to do more testing in a greater range of care settings.

Current protocol requires clinical staff to prescribe any patient that is suspected of having sepsis with a broad-spectrum antibiotic. However, these are only successful 30 per cent of the time. More than that, Elaine explains: “SepTec improves patient outcomes by providing rapid identification of the cause of a patient’s sepsis and it will reduce the inappropriate use of antibiotics that leads to the proliferation of antibiotic resistant pathogens.” The global problem of antibiotic resistance is fast becoming one of our major scientific issues. Bacterial resistance is undermining existing drugs, posing a serious threat as ordinary infections become untreatable.

Right now, there are no ‘bedside early’ (less than one hour) detection strategies for blood stream pathogens associated with sepsis. When validated, SepTec will help clinicians with diagnosis, prognosis and treatment, reducing mortality rates, hospital stays and recovery times. Clinicians and healthcare providers will experience improved patient care and outcomes as well as cutting bed-stays and cost-savings from reduced price testing.

Elaine and her co-developer Kellie Adamson have received support from Enterprise Ireland to the tune of €600K that has proven their work to date.  Presently, they are supported by SFI and receiving funding of €200K to further de-risk the technology. Developing a product that uses new technologies contains risk. Therefore, it is important to understand these early and have strategies to mitigate them.

Based at the National Centre for Sensor Research in Dublin City University, the SepTec team has developed and refined a proof-of-concept – evidence that SepTec is feasible – and a working prototype, which was tested in-lab and on patient blood samples. “Our R&D is mainly focused on ICU patients in Beaumont hospital. The ICU population was chosen as the prevalence of blood stream infection is higher among this cohort.” Clinical validation studies are imminent to verify SepTec’s capabilities. Approximately 200 patients will be enrolled at Beaumont Hospital over a three-month period; results will be compared to the gold standard blood culture system.

There is still a road to travel but when available, SepTec will allow a physician to rapidly identify sepsis and administer the appropriate therapy. Equally significant, by quickly ruling out the condition, SepTec will contribute to the global goal of reducing antibiotic use and stop antimicrobial resistance occurring. Discussing innovation, Elaine says that for her it means change. “We are bringing a new unique product to the market, Irish created and Irish developed and we hope to change current clinical practice worldwide.”

Originally published in the Irish Times, May 21, as part of the ‘Irish Health Innovators’ series by HIHI Dublin Manger, Eimear Galvin: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/we-are-bringing-a-new-unique-product-to-the-market-irish-created-and-irish-developed-1.3885078

HIHI takeover Spark Innovation Pop-Up Pod all day on in St James, Wednesday 22nd May – drop by.

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The Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) will be in the St James Spark Innovation Pop-Up Pod all day on the Wednesday 22nd May.

If you have identified a problem or an unmet clinical need in your role in healthcare and believe you have the solution HIHI will help you determine the next steps.

HIHI is a joint government initiative funded by Enterprise Ireland and supported by the HSE to enable healthcare staff across all disciplines and departments to validate their ideas for innovative solutions, products, services, and process improvements for unmet needs in healthcare. HIHI provide commercial, technical, and clinical feedback on ideas from the healthcare community, and help determine the best way to make them a reality. There are three HIHI offices nationally – the Dublin one is located full time here in St James. For Wednesday 22nd May, HIHI will take over the Spark Innovation Pop-Up Pod.

Agenda:

9:00 am: Drop in Clinic: Advice on how to validate, develop and implement solutions for healthcare

12:30 pm : Design Thinking:Talk on Design Thinking (30 minutes)

2:00 pm: Drop in Clinic: Advice on how to validate, develop and implement solutions for healthcare

For a one-to-one consultation contact Steven Griffin or Lukas Gokas by email

 

HIHI included as part of ‘Future Jobs Ireland’ – government plan to answer needs of our businesses and workers

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An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD and Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe TD, launched Future Jobs Ireland 2019: Preparing Now for Tomorrow’s Economy, a new, whole-of-Government framework for the next phase of Ireland’s economic development.

Future Jobs Ireland 2019 is the first in a series of annual reports, which outlines the Government’s longer-term ambitions for the future of the economy, under five key pillars:

  • Embracing Innovation and Technological Change
  • Improving SME Productivity
  • Enhancing Skills & Developing and Attracting Talent
  • Increasing Participation in the Workforce
  • Transitioning to a Low Carbon Economy

Highlighted in the report is the role of HIHI in the development and commercialisation of new healthcare technologies, products and services emerging from within the health service, and/or the enterprise sector. The Innovation Workshops for healthcare staff are noted for building a sustainable culture of improvement and innovation through education and providing a pipeline of ideas from healthcare staff for HIHI to support. Similarly, the new HIHI developed, TCD branded Diploma in Healthcare Innovation, which aims to be a catalyst in strengthening the innovation mind-set within the Irish healthcare landscape is detailed. Participants for this new Diploma will be drawn from both healthcare services and industry and are expected to drive the adoption and embedding of innovation in the Irish healthcare system.

Full report here.

“Share your dreams, share your vision” – Saolta CEO, Maurice Power, opens HIHI Workshop 1 in Galway

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Health Innovation Hub Ireland’s Galway hub welcomed an enthusiastic cohort for Workshop 1 – ‘Rethinking healthcare innovation’ in the Quadrangle Conference Hall today. The group was welcomed to the session by Saolta Group CEO Maurice Power who urged each to ‘share your dreams, share you vision’.

Purpose deigned and delivered by HIHI for those working in the Irish healthcare settings, HIHI workshops are free to attend, with the only stipulation being you must currently be a HSE employee, or working in Irish primary care or voluntary hospital setting.

The five workshops guide and encourage participants to explore the potential for innovative approaches within their own healthcare environment. The programme is delivered as a continuum and attendees must have completed Workshop 1 to progress with the remaining four.

Having already run in Dublin last November, Workshop 1 will run in Cork later this month. The cohorts will then be combined to continue the workshop programme for 2019.

If you are interested in hearing more and keeping up to date with opportunities please email – Eimear Galvin, Manager HIHI Dublin – galvinei@tcd.ie.

Minister for Health secures Government approval to create national research ethics committee

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The Government has approved proposals by Minister for Health Simon Harris TD to prepare a General Scheme of a Bill to provide for national research ethics committees.

Speaking today (Thursday), Minister Harris said “Health research is essential to deliver the best care and treatment for our patients, better value for our health spending and more high-quality jobs for our workforce.  Supporting health research is a key part of the Sláintecare programme”.

The Minister added: “Research ethics committees (RECs) are key in ensuring that health research is carried out to the ethical standards expected by society, and we need to support a national system of research ethics committees that is fit for purpose.  The new National REC system will ensure that there is public confidence in how health research is being conducted, especially in new and emerging areas of research”.

Innovation 2020, Ireland’s strategy for research and development, science and technology , aims to make Ireland a global leader in research and innovation and the Government is committed to the ongoing development of a quality focussed research-active health system in Ireland.  That commitment has already seen major public investment in research infrastructure, personnel, new skills and technology.  Over the last decade, there has been more than €150 million Government funding invested in clinical research and clinical trials infrastructure through the Health Research Board (HRB) alone.  There has also been significant investment from State bodies, like Science Foundation Ireland, voluntary organisations and the private sector.

The proposed new system will address concerns that have been raised by stakeholders over the last decade about the existing RECs system in Ireland for clinical trials and health research generally. This approach will maximise synergies and value-for-money outcomes and make Ireland a more attractive international location for all health research.

Welcoming the Minister’s initiative, the CEO of the Health Research Board, Darrin Morrissey, said “The establishment of a single, cohesive national Research Ethics Committee structure in Ireland is long overdue.  It will help grow health research and clinical trial activity that will benefit people’s health and patient care, as well as underpinning health innovation and economic growth in Ireland.”

The HPRA also welcomed the Bill saying “The HPRA supports further development of the National Ethics Committee framework as a key part of the infrastructure required for active health research and clinical trials in Ireland and to align to future changes in the regulatory requirements for European clinical trials.”

The Bill is regarded as a priority and the Department will work closely with stakeholders, including the Health Research Board and the Health Products Regulatory Authority to have a Bill published by the end of the year.

In the context of the preparation of the General Scheme, the Department will engage with a broad range of stakeholders including other Departments, agencies, institutional RECs, researchers, industry and patients to seek their views on specific matters.

We are hiring in Dublin – Executive Officer – Health Innovation Hub Ireland

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Post Specification (Comp: 033555)
Apply through Trintiy College Dublin vacancies page here

Post Title: Executive Officer – Health Innovation Hub Ireland
Post Status: Two year Fixed Term contract – Part-Time,
Department/Faculty: Department of Clinical Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
Location: Health Innovation Hub Ireland, St James Hospital, Dublin 8.
Reports to: HIHI Manager, Eimear Galvin
Salary: Appointment will be made (pro-rated) on the Executive Officer Merged Salary Scale at a point in line with Government Pay Policy €25,460 to €42,035 p.a.
Hours of Work: 37 Hours per week, (Part-time Equivalent)
Closing Date: 12 Noon (Greenwich Meantime) Thursday January 24th 2019.

The successful applicant will be expected to take up post as soon as possible.

Post Summary

The Health Innovation Hub Ireland, based in St James’s Hospital, Dublin 8, seeks to recruit an Executive Officer to provide comprehensive administrative support for the delivery of all aspects of the work of the hub. HIH in Dublin leads on delivery of the education programmes for HIHI and the post holder will be required to support work in this area also. The HIHI Executive Officer will provide administrative support to the Manager of HIHI and will oversee communications work –web editing and some social media. The post holder will also be the central contact for HIHI in Dublin. It is expected the successful candidate will take up his/her duties as soon as possible.

Further Information

Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) was established by Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and the Department of Health, supported by Enterprise Ireland (EI) and the Health Service Executive (HSE) to drive collaboration between the health service and enterprise. HIHI launched in 2016, offering companies pilot and clinical validation studies and the health service access to innovative products and devices that they may not otherwise be exposed to.

On the ground, HIHI is a partnership of clinical and academic centres from across the country – Cork, Dublin, Galway – brought together with the shared objective of accelerating healthcare innovation and commercialisation, addressing healthcare challenges and impacting jobs and exports. In Dublin HIHI is partnered with Trinity College and based in St James’ Hospital.

Informal enquiries about this post should be made to:

Ms Eimear Galvin, HIHI Manager, galvinei@tcd.ie

  • Standard Duties and Responsibilities of the Post
    To provide administrative support to the HIHI Manager across tasks and HIHI education programmes.
  • Handling telephone and drop-in enquiries from staff, visitors, clients and the wider public.
  • Maintenance and regular monitoring of HIHI project notes on internal Smartsheets and SharePoint systems.
  • Some digital support – web, online survey, social media.
  • Support in the organisation of events, including HIHI educational opportunities.
  • Performing routine office tasks (photocopying, scanning, filing, drafting letters, dissemination of information, and other general administrative tasks).
  • Maintain and improve office procedures and information management systems.
  • Organise conference/meeting travel arrangements.
  • Carry out day-to-day office tasks to ensure the smooth running of activities in the hub.
  • Maintain the office stationery and equipment for the Hub with responsibility for ordering supplies and equipment.
  • Responsibility for the processing of invoices, reconciling Petty Cash and processing orders in a timely manner.
  • Assist with diary management for HIHI Manager.
  • Liaison with other hub offices in Ireland, as required.
  • Carry out any other duties as may be assigned by the HIHI Manager.

 Funding Information

Funding for this post is from Enterprise Ireland via the “Health Innovation Hub Ireland” grant award.

Person Specification

Qualifications

  • Hold European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) or equivalent.
  • Recognised secretarial or office administration qualification and / or a minimum of 2 years relevant work experience in an administrative role supporting a senior manager in a busy work environment.

Knowledge & Experience (Essential & Desirable)

  • Display evidence of a high level of competency in Microsoft Office, in particular Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Microsoft Outlook including Microsoft diary management, databases, and working knowledge of social networking applications.
  • A desire to learn new IT skills is necessary for this post.
  • Have a polite, confidential and discrete manner.
  • Have excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Have the ability to prioritise tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Strong organisational skills and the ability to keep track of multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Be a strong team player with the ability to work on own initiative with minimal supervision in a busy but dynamic environment.
  • Strong analytical skills with a pro-active approach to work, anticipating and resolving problems in advance.
  • Highly motivated with a good attitude and commitment to HIHI goals.
  • Appreciates and enjoys bringing a high level of detail to tasks.
  • Keen ability to work independently, show initiative, and take ownership.
  • Natural problem solver with a bias to action.
  • Experience in web editing and social media skill is desirable for this post.

Skills & Competencies

  • Oral communication: Ability to communicate convincingly and confidently when speaking to others at all levels: comes across as welcoming, cooperative and approachable in manner.
  • Written communication: documents are free of grammatical and punctuation errors; clear, concise and error-free writing; uses resources when unsure of proper spelling, punctuation or grammar; e-mails and memoranda are clear and to the point; uses formatting effectively to highlight key information. Ability to draft correspondence.
  • Organisational skills: has information in well organised files; monitors information regularly and updates accordingly; keeps track of multiple projects.
  • Interpersonal skills: Is discrete and knows when information is of a confidential nature and acts accordingly. Ability to interface effectively with students and staff in the Department, affiliated hospitals and college community. Fosters good working relationships; is known as someone who is helpful to others; can work effectively in a multi-cultural, bilingual environment.
  • Conscientious: work is accurate; ensures details are completed.
  • Deadline orientated: Can work well under pressure; handle multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines.
  • Resourceful: Can work on own initiative; knows where to find information and help and can problem solve.
  • Team worker: Can operate effectively as part of a team – is cordial and willing to help others; is cooperative and patient; shares work and information; establishes rapport with everyone..
  • Analytical skills: Can prioritise work effectively; can identify a problem and propose an appropriate solution.
  • Motivated: Is interested in work and committed to the future development of the department and wishes to contribute.

More here: https://www.tcd.ie/hr/vacancies/

 

 

Health Innovation Hub Ireland wins Irish Medtech Association Award for Academic Contribution to Medtech!!

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The Irish Medtech CEO Conference – Medtech Rising, took place in Cork on December 5thand 6th.  It was an excellent event hosting many international and national speakers. Health Innovation Hub Ireland’s National Manager, Dr Tanya Mulcahy presented on HIHI and chaired a session on Supporting Clinical Research and Product Adoption in the Irish Healthcare System.  Panellists included Dr Lucy O’Keefe, CEO and co-founder Croivalve, Professor Helen Whelton, Head of College of Medicine and Health, UCC and Chief Academic Officer to the HSE South South-West Hospital Group and Professor Pat O’Mahony, CEO, Clinical Research Development Ireland.

This excellent event culminated with an awards dinner on the evening of the 6th. HIHI was delighted to receive the award for Best Academic Contribution to Medtech! Receiving the award on stage were Dr Sinead Keogh, IBEC, Dr Tanya Mulcahy, National Manager HIHI , UCC, Ms Aisling Dolan, HIHI, NUIG, Ms Eimear Galvin Manager HIHI, TCD and Ms Jane O’Flynn, HIHI, CIT.