Nurturing healthcare professionals in health services innovation
Together with SingHealth, Duke-NUS Medical School’s Health Services and Systems Research Programme launched the Graduate Certificate Programme in Health Services Innovation in April 2021.
The two-year programme aims to cultivate a community of healthcare professionals to respond to the need for future innovation and improve patients’ lives. Attendees will be trained to identify opportunities for improvement, learn the impact of innovation as well as ways to reduce costs.
The virtual launch event was attended by about 150 clinician scientists, researchers, policy makers and educators from various organisations and institutes across Singapore. Professor Thomas Coffman, Dean, Duke-NUS Medical School, highlighted the need for health services innovation, and the important role that clinician innovators play in enhancing the delivery of care for their patients, thereby improving lives.
Echoing the theme of innovation in healthcare, Professor Kenneth Kwek, Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer (Innovation and Informatics), SingHealth, shared the organisation’s vision for health services innovation. He anticipated that the programme will have a great impact on the innovation of healthcare systems and modelling, and expressed hope that it will develop many new cohorts of innovators to lead and evaluate change using research skills in health services.
The Graduate Certificate Programme in Health Services Innovation has equipped 49 healthcare professionals to date. The inaugural batch graduated in May 2022.