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2021 HealthFusion Team Challenge

The 2021 National Health Fusion Team Challenge Final was a resounding success. The four teams representing University of Limerick, Trinity College Dublin, NUI Galway and University College Cork presented their submissions to the case study, and answered a clarifying question from the judges.

Our guest speakers on the evening- Ms Ekaterina Okonkwo, Migrant Support & Advocacy shared her expertise with advice for healthcare professionals working with migrants on how to continue to develop their ‘cultural competence’; Prof Sharleen O’Reilly presented on the ‘Bump to Baby and Me’ research she is leading.

The judges had a very difficult decision in choosing a winning team but agreed that the winners of the 2021 National Health Fusion Team Challenge winners were NUIG! You can view their winning presentation HERE

The Winning Team NUIG (with judges)


We were delighted to have a total attendance of 122, 2021. Triple the amount of attendees then the previous year.

The Health Sciences Academy was delighted to host this year’s National Health Fusion Team Challenge final.

What is the Health Fusion Team Challenge?

The best health outcomes for the many and increasing number of people with complex or chronic healthcare needs often depends on effective teamwork and collaboration between various healthcare professionals with different skills and knowledge. Interprofessional education is recognised as a global priority (WHO 2010) and interprofessional teamwork is at the core of the Irish health service initiative Sláintecare. The Health Fusion Team Challenge (HFTC) is an interdisciplinary case based learning opportunity for students from across healthcare disciplines. Engagement in the HFTC prepares students to work in an interprofessional environment, developing skills in communication, teamwork, collaboration and problem solving.

The HFTC aims to develop this important capability prior to graduation in a way that is transformative, authentic, and fun.


History of the Health Fusion Team Challenge

Pioneered by academics from the University of British Columbia over 25 years ago, the Health Care Team Challenge was brought to Australia and developed by an interprofessional team of Queensland academics under the name of HealthFusion. The University of Limerick was the first university in Ireland to host a Health Care Team Challenge with its pilot event in 2017. Under the leadership of students and staff at the University of Limerick the Irish HFTC has gone from strength to strength progressing from a UL-only competition four years ago to a national event with students from NUIG, TCD and UCC competing. It has attracted industry sponsorship in previous years from ICON plc (see video showcasing the 2019 event here


Internal Heats University of Limerick

This year, three teams in University of Limerick competed internally to qualify for the national final. 

Recruitment of teams was provided by University of Limerick students: Eoghan Casey (Speech & Language Therapy), Esther Adebambi (Medicine), CarolAnne Gannon (Human Nutrition & Dietetics) and Gemma Wyley (Physiotherapy). The student teams were interdisciplinary in composition, with students from nursing, midwifery, medicine, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, human nutrition & dietetics, occupational therapy and psychology participating. CarolAnne, Eoghan and Gemma were also team mentors for the student teams.

The internal heat was held on Friday 5th March. The judging panel- Dr Orla O’Leary, School of Medicine, Dr Alexandra Cremona, Dietetics and Ms Anne Fahy, School of Nursing and Midwifery, reviewed the submissions and selected the winning team, under the student mentorship of Gemma Wyley, who would go forwards to represent University of Limerick in the National Final.

The quality of the submissions as well as the time and commitment of the students to this extra-curricular competition was acknowledged, and well done to everyone involved!


Health Fusion Team Challenge Final 2021

The Health Sciences Academy is hosting the National HealthFusion Team Challenge Final with teams from University of Limerick, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork and the National University of Ireland Galway competing.

This year, the Health Fusion Team Challenge case study focusses on a pregnant woman from Afghanistan with gestational diabetes.

There is an eight-week preparation period, during which students will be asked to produce a short recorded presentation outlining their management package. Teams will also answer an extension question. Based on these two assessment items, with the most expertise demonstrated in teamwork and collaboration, the HFTC Judging panel will select one team as the winners. The judging panel comprises of a mix of academic, hospital and community based experts, and we are delighted to welcome:

  • Dr Eoin Noctor, Consultant Endocrinologist, UL Hospitals Group and Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the University of Limerick’s School of Medicine
  • Ms Sheila Bowers, In-Charge Dietitian Manager III, UL Hospitals Group
  • Ms Yvonne Moloney, Advanced Midwife Practitioner- Diabetes, University Maternity Hospital Limerick
  • Mr Jimmy Burke, Interprofessional Practice Tutor, University of Limerick
  • Ms Ekaterina Okonkwo, Migrant Support & Advocacy Worker, Galway

to the judging panel. The final will be held on Wednesday 24th March at 7pm via Zoom. This is the first year it has moved to a digital platform.

This year’s event was kindly sponsored by IMS. Integrated Media Solutions is an enhanced network solutions provider in the hospitality, education and commercial sectors in Ireland, the UK and Europe.


Who is involved?

The Health Sciences Academy UL HFTC committee has developed and led the internal HFTC competition in University of Limerick and is hosting & coordinating the national event. The Committee comprises of members from:

  • University of Limerick Interdisciplinary Forum for Healthcare- student body represented by medical student Esther Adebambi
  • Speech & Language Therapy student Eoghan Casey
  • Physiotherapy student Gemma Wyely
  • Human Nutrition & Dietitics student CarolAnne Gannon
  • School of Allied Health staff- Michelle O’Donoghue, Marie O’Donnell and Dr Anne Griffin
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery- Sylvia Murphy and Jan McCarthy
  • Health Sciences Academy Manager- Miriam McCarthy

External collaborators include:

  • Dr Orla Mongan from Saolta Hospital Group, NUIG
  • Dr Aoife Fleming from UCC
  • Dr Stephen Flannery and Dr Ikhwan Marion, Trinity College Dublin

who have assisted and contributed to the recruitment of teams in their respective Universities and the development of national event.

For details about being involved in 2022, please Contact Us