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Academic Department

Academic Department

Contact InformationTel: 01 235 5132
How to find usAdmin Unit 2
Description of Service

The Academic Department at the NRH represents an opportunity to lead and develop systems, policies and plans for clinical education and research at the NRH. The ultimate purpose is to support evidence based clinical practice and the enhancement of the patient experience of rehabilitation.

In keeping with strategic priorities identified in the NRH Strategy, and the National Strategy for the Provision of Neurorehabilitation Services in Ireland, the Academic Department will contribute to building the expertise required for the NRH to be the acknowledged educator and leader in defining the role of rehabilitation services as an essential component of the healthcare continuum in Ireland. It will play a key part in facilitating and promoting clinical education and research and expanding the role of the NRH in the education of the wider healthcare community. A coordinated, systematic approach to delivering education and promoting research is essential in the current, challenging and changing times in healthcare.

The Academic Department identified four priorities as follows:

Staff, healthcare professional and student education:

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The NRH is the primary site and teaching hospital for the education and training of undergraduate and graduate medical, nursing and allied health students in the principles and practices of interdisciplinary rehabilitation.

The NRH provides student placements across all disciplines. In addition, it offers a Transition Year experience to 24 school students each year.

The Academic Department will identify staff and patient learning needs and support continuous learning opportunities for staff and for the next generation of healthcare professionals, with the patient always as the primary focus.

Refining our Academic Teaching and Research Agreements with third level collaborating institutions provides the foundation for the development and expansion of medical, nursing and allied health teaching and research programmes. This will enable the establishment of strong academic and clinical ties, an essential pre-requisite for
clinical excellence.

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Strengthening the research agenda at the NRH:

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Working closely with Dr Aine Carroll, Professor of Integrated Care at UCD, the Academic Department supports the development of a Clinical Research Centre at the NRH. The NRH has long supported research activity and endeavours across all disciplines and establishing a Clinical Research Centre will enable us to expand and welcome researchers into a centre of clinically led, academic excellence that is supportive, innovative and visionary.

Forging stronger links with academic institutions will enable us to pursue joint research partnerships, funding opportunities and shared learning experiences. The research agenda at the NRH will include service evaluation and audit activity so that there is a comprehensive approach to honouring our professional responsibility to enhance
rehabilitation through clinical collaboration, research, education and service development. The research approval process has been streamlined and is under active review.

An important first step made in December 2019 was when the Board changed the hospital logo to reflect our University Hospital status. This organisational commitment and investment will also underpin the development of a Research and Education Strategy in 2020 to further enhance the development of a culture of learning and research at the NRH.

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Engagement with relevant stakeholder networks:

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In pursuit of integrated care, as outlined in Sláintecare, and consistent with the values underpinning rehabilitation at the NRH, the department will actively engage with patients, families, carers and other community networks. It will also forge stronger links with patient and professional bodies and associations.

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Development of a fit for purpose Academic Facility:

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We look forward to formally launching the Academic Department to coincide with the opening of the Academic Facility later in the year.

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