New Designer-in-Residence at Tallaght University Hospital

Designer in Residence(October 28th 2022) Innovate Health at Tallaght University Hospital is delighted to announce a new Designer-in-Residence position co-funded by the HSE Spark Innovation Programme. This position, announced as the Hospital celebrates its second annual innovation week, will bring the benefits of design perspective directly to the ideas and challenges of frontline staff in the Hospital.

Designers can provide an invaluable role in healthcare, they start by developing a clear understanding of the problem, rather than jumping directly to a potential solution. By more clearly understanding the problem and in particular by empathising and co-designing with users, in our case patients and staff, the ideas and solutions can be more clearly crystallised and hopefully more impactful.

The Spark Programme have been key proponents of the benefits of design within healthcare. Dermot Burke Spark’s National HSCP Innovation Fellow commented “We are delighted to help bring to life this exciting new position at TUH. Design in healthcare, with its creative and human centred approach, can help provide impactful solutions that benefit both the patient and the health service. At Spark, we strive to encourage and support frontline innovation and look forward to seeing what this partnership between design and health can deliver.”

Dr. Natalie Cole, Head of Innovation at Innovate Health TUH said “We are really looking forward to having this position within the Hospital. The designer role will bring a particular skillset to support us in addressing user-identified needs and challenges. We hope this will help us in the delivery of our vision of actionable innovation with direct benefits for our patients.” 

About Innovate Health
Based in Tallaght University Hospital, Innovate Health strives to be a world class innovative centre resourced with the expertise of a team of visionaries, academics and experts from the medical world who picture and practice healthcare in a way unforeseen thus far.

We combine new ideas and digital health technology to enhance the delivery of healthcare and medicines resulting in better outcomes for patients. Our collaborative culture provides the perfect environment for end to end solutions in a unique ecosystem for academia, industry, staff and patients to engage with us. You can learn more via this link:

About the HSE Spark Innovation Programme
The Spark Innovation Programme seeks to support, promote and recognise innovation amongst healthcare staff. The programme recognises the unique insights and perspectives of all frontline healthcare workers. The Spark team believe that the opportunity to develop one’s ideas is central to staff engagement, often inspiring for staff, encouraging recruitment, and supporting retention. We also believe that it is not solely about successful ideas but also about the potential shared learning for the system.

The Spark programme is supported by: National Doctors Training & Planning (NDTP) Office of the Nursing & Midwifery Services Director (ONMSD) National Health & Social Care Professionals Office (NHSCPO).