Aligned with the UL Hospitals Group strategic plan, clinical transformation is a key aim of the Health Sciences Academy. The Health Sciences Academy will initially contribute to this aim via key exemplar projects, including
- Prevention and Management of Type 2 Diabetes, and
- Integrated Care for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
The Clinical Practice Integration Project will work on pursuing the further development and expansion of the clinical education and research facilities at the University of Limerick and the UL Hospitals Group Clinical Education and Research Centre (CERC). The CERC provides exemplary facilities for integrated interdisciplinary education and training and will act as a focal point for the Health Sciences Academy, and associated students, trainees and academics. The CERC will be a base for the professional staff that will play a key role in coordinating the education and training programmes and enhance the link to the university.
Clinical Practice Integration Projects
- Prevention, Self-Management & Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes in the Community
- Integrated Care for Chronic Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- STOP - Acute Kidney Injury AKI Programme
These projects represent the opportunity to bring together the clinicians from the acute sector with those delivering health care in the community. The overall effectiveness of these services can be critically analysed at an academic level, and weaknesses identified which could be improved through scientific analysis and prospective clinical trials. Such projects provide the opportunity for all three groups to make a significant and relatively immediate contribution to the improvement of health services, while at the same time, pursuing academic objectives through scientific studies that should merit grant support.