Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsHello, my name is Phil Padfield, and I'm the Director of the Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education. I'd like to welcome you to week 1 of this course, Understanding Innovation in the Healthcare Sciences. Whilst the course is focused on healthcare science, the basic principles of innovation covered are equally applicable to other healthcare professions. In the UK and the wider world it is recognised that health services need to constantly deliver high quality care at lower cost. In order to meet the rising expectations of the patient, new ways of working must be developed. Healthcare delivery systems continually engage in innovation and service improvement, leading to better care, improved quality of life, and better outcomes for the patients.

Skip to 0 minutes and 56 secondsHealthcare scientists make up just a small proportion of the National Health Service workforce in the UK. And yet, their work is vital in over 80% of patient diagnosis and also in the treatment and prevention of illness. Scientists use their expertise to help save lives and improve patient care in areas such as blood tests, ECGs, and radiotherapy treatment of cancer. As scientists, they are uniquely placed to apply the latest scientific discoveries to improve this service, and as such, should be major contributors in innovation in service improvement projects. However, innovation requires a structured approach to be effective and efficient.

Skip to 1 minute and 37 secondsDuring the first week of course, you will learn about how innovation and service improvement is defined by the National Health Service and what constitutes an innovation or service improvement project. We'll then move on to look at one of the initial and fundamental parts of the process. This involves taking a step back and reviewing your own healthcare service to establish who your service users are, what are their needs, and how are these needs are being met. You will then be encouraged to investigate where your service sits within your own organisation and what are its objectives. At this point, we will explore the techniques that can be used to identify areas innovation and improvement in your own service.

Skip to 2 minutes and 20 secondsBy the end of week 1, you will be able to identify an area of potential innovation within your own service. The following weeks will help you understand how to plan a project, where you can gain support, and how to disseminate your findings to encourage wider adoption of your innovation. We hope you will use this course to implement an innovation project within your own workplace.

Welcome to the course

Healthcare scientists, due to their scientific training, are uniquely qualified to apply the latest advances in technology and biomedical science to drive innovation in healthcare practice to improve the quality of service.

This course will guide you through the innovation process and prepare you for the challenges faced when converting an idea into a change in clinical service. We hope the case studies and activities embedded in the course will bring to life the impact innovation can have on the quality of service delivery and patient care, and empower you to innovate in your own workplace.

Can you identify any innovations that have been made in your workplace? Use the comments section below and add in any examples of innovation that you can find.

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Understanding Innovation in the Healthcare Sciences

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