Improving Healthcare Outcomes In Chronic Disease - Enhancing The Curriculum At Masters Level (IHOD)
Valencia Polytechnic University (UPV)
Valencia - Spain
Universitat Politècnica de València has been a University since 1971 but has a history of providing education and research with a focus on science and technology stretching over a hundred years. Today there are nearly 40,000 students studying in ten faculties and a Science Park. It occupies 5th place in the list of 70 Spanish Universities for research outcomes. It has an active strategy for developing links internationally. UPV provides degrees that are both modern and flexible as well as maintaining a balance between theoretical and applied research. Special attention is paid to supporting the incorporation of graduates into the labour market by encouraging contacts between students and employers through internships. It has a rigorous quality system for its teaching and research.
At the University, the Department of Applied Statistics and Operational Research and the Centre for Quality and Change Management are participating directly in the project. Data monitoring and analysis are essential if the strategy for improving health care envisaged in this project is to succeed, their involvement plays an important part in training specialists in the field of evidence based, pro-active change management. The Department conducts advanced research focused on practical applications and has been directly involved in applying these methods for the forecasting of cardiovascular and other chronic diseases. The Centre focuses its efforts on transferring the knowledge and competences of its members to help organisations continuously improve. – the philosophy that is at the centre of this public health programme. Also participating is the Centre for research into Health Economics and Management. It runs very popular interdisciplinary master courses in which healthcare stakeholders are actively involved in teaching aimed at professionals from the sector.
The University offers another dimension to the project through the involvement of the Office of Quality and Accreditation which has significant experience in assisting HEIs internationally to develop HEISociety partnerships and to use learning tools to manage change in the HEI environment and in promoting Lifelong Learning.
A key role of the UPV in the project will be to lead on the implementation of change management in improving health outcomes in chronic disease. The university will contribute to work packages, 1, 2, 4 and 5. It will participate by hosting a study tour of partners, developing programme curricula in line with the ECTS guidelines, helping to developing the approach and requirements for the masters programme, running a one- week competence enhancing course in the EU, developing the agreed three modules and short courses, delivering train the trainers courses in our own university and in the partners, mentoring partner university colleagues, participating in dissemination activity, i.e. workshops and a stakeholder conference.
Assoc. Professor Mary Casey
UCD School of Nursing,
Midwifery & Health Systems
Belfield, Dublin 4