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School of Nursing and Midwifery have had the following successes in EIT funding


The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is a unique EU initiative that boost innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe since 2008. The EIT’s knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) are partnerships that bring together business, research centres and universities. There are currently six KICs each focusing on a different societal challenge. EIT Health –KIC is addressing healthy living and active ageing.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery have had the following successes in EIT funding: 

  • Dr. Eilish Burke (Lead PI) – Project Title: Improving health assessment for people with an intellectual disability”, Funder: EIT, Co-Applicants: Ms Sarah Bowman as co-applicant, partners Trinity Online and EIT Health.

The health experience of people with an intellectual disability is different than that of their non-disabled peers. It has been reported that people with intellectual disabilities are two and half times more likely to present with health problems than those in the general population of the same age and gender. People with intellectual disability experience higher rates of eye disease, neurological conditions and skeletal conditions. When attending for health assessment the usual suspects, such as cardiovascular disease can be the focus of the examination and subsequently the more prevalently occurring conditions can go under investigated and therefore people’s needs go unmet. Coupled with this, people with intellectual disability do have communication challenges and find it difficult to express their needs or symptoms to healthcare professionals. The massive open online course (MOOC) was developed to support healthcare professionals develop the techniques to communicate, engage and support the person with an intellectual disability during their health assessment. Funded by an EIT Health Award and delivered through the FutureLearn platform the course has now had 2 runs with over 3000 learners throughout the world. The course is run over three weeks with three structured modules covering; The health and wellbeing challenges for people with an intellectual disability; Best practices in communicating with people with an intellectual disability in health assessment and finally, performing a health assessment for people with an intellectual disability. The feedback has been very positive with learners remarking how useful it has been to their practice, “This course is the first I have ever come across and I am about to retire! it should be a mandatory part of CPD”. Other commentsdemonstrate the value of the course “There have been no CPD courses run by our profession to date in this field. This course has been invaluable and we will certainly suggest that similar courses are made available in the future”. The next iteration of the course is planned for February 2019.

  • Dr. Mary-Ann O’Donovan (Co-PI) – Project Title: “P-PALS: People with Intellectual Disability – Physical Activity leaders”, Funder: EIT, Duration: January 2018-December 2018, Co-Applicants: Dr. Eilish Burke; Trinity Sports centre (Caroline Duggan/Deirdre Mullen McGuinness). The aim of this project is to design and pilot a programme to enable people with intellectual disability (ID) to become physical activity leaders (PALs) in their community. This is a cross-country collaborative project.  Led by Trinity College Dublin (represented by the Intellectual Disability Supplement to TILDA (IDS-TILDA) and Trinity Sport, the project is implemented in collaboration with Age & Opportunity and the University of Barcelona.