‘Design Thinking & Embedding a Culture of Innovation’: Dr Barry McMahon leads Module 2 in our Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation

News | Posted on: 19 November, 2020

On Friday and Saturday 6th and 7th of November Health Innovation Hub Ireland and TCD welcomed students to Module 2 of the Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation (Level 9 NFQ).

Taking place online (due to ongoing government restrictions), the course was opened on Friday with welcome addresses from Dr Barry Mc Mahon, Chief Physicist/Clinical Associate (Clinical Medicine), Trinity College Dublin; Dr. John Dinsmore, Assistant Professor in Digital Integrated Care and the Health Innovation Lead of the Trinity Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation (TCPHI); and Professor Paul Coughlan, Professor in Operations Management and Director of Accreditation & Quality Assurance at Trinity Business School.

The objective of this module was to understand and use design thinking methodologies in a group environment to try to solve healthcare challenges. Creativity and design can be combined with knowledge and experience to accelerate and drive improvements in the delivery of healthcare. Students explored how healthcare organisations can develop and transform their services, their processes, and create new products ideas.

Working in teams, the students identified a healthcare challenge, developed a prototype solution, and finished the module with a pitch in front of a panel of Dr Barry McMahon, Dr John Dinsmore, Prof Paul Coughlan, Ann Quinn (Organisational and Development lead at Children’s Health Ireland), and Fran Hegarty (Chief Healthcare Technology Officer at New Children’s Hospital Dublin). Using these ‘real world’ challenges allows students the opportunity to develop critical thinking, creative problem solving, and visualisation methodologies.

More information on the HIHI/TCD Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation can be found here or email Nina Holmes,