Expected Impact

The PATIENT project will contribute directly to the realization of the European Research Area by bringing together centres of excellence, hospitals, and SMEs from across the EU to undertake research and cooperation activities. The overall objective of the PATIENT project is to accelerate efforts of the higher education sector (e.g. medical professionals) across Europe to bridge the gap between education, research and innovation at an undergraduate level medical students. The following specific aims include:

1.To share knowledge and facilitate existing and new European networks particularly in relation to initiatives in innovative medical education

In Germany, Ireland and Spain the project will provide the partners and their collaborators with a forum to exchange inter-organizational knowledge and skills. The HANDOVER Toolbox will therefore play a major role. It can be used for experts and students to exchange experiences and empirical analysis on best practice on handovers. This will provide a platform for future collaborative research concerning the needs and challenges associated with developing innovation skills in third level education. During the lifetime of the project around 120 students [FAD (20 medical students, 20 nurses), UCC (40 medical students), UKA (40 medical students)] will be reached while piloting the handover module. When the handover module is implemented around 600 students will be reached on a yearly basis.

2. To encourage shared innovative practice in handover practice.

By collaborating with internationally recognised centres of excellence in education, technology, medicine, and economics within the PATIENT consortium, it is expected that the project deliverables will assist in identifying and understanding future priorities for investment in innovations, as well as provide crucial pilot data concerning factors which promote learning about innovation in undergraduate level students.

3. To link research, education and innovation.

By testing different handover procedures in the medical simulation centres, medical students can participate and contribute to the empirical findings for accurate and successful handovers. They can participate in Special Interest Groups consistent of different medical researchers in Europe in the HANDOVER Toolbox and contribute their experimental findings about characteristics of accurate handovers. They can contribute to the standardization of handover procedures in Europe. This will lead to an exponential growth of the research findings and technology development around the challenging handover topic.

4. To promote research excellence and outputs, enabling international research community and peer-review culture.

All outputs from the work will be disseminated through the PATIENT website and the HANDOVER Toolbox. Plans will be made to promote targeted analysis findings via transnational partners´ websites and through their local stakeholder networks.