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Spark Ignite Competition

HSE-HIHI Spark Ignite Innovation Competition 2021 now open seeking HSE “bright spark” ideas to improve patient care and healthcare outcomes.The Spark Innovation Programme, Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI), the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the National Health and Social Care Professions Office (HSCP), the Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director (ONMSD), and National Doctor Training and Planning (NDTP) have now announced the launch of the third HSE-HIHI Spark Ignite Innovation Competition.

This one-of-a-kind competition is seeking innovative ideas from the 115,000+ HSE employees aiming to improve patient and healthcare outcomes. HSE-HIHI Spark Ignite is open to all disciplines and departments within the HSE, enabling staff to develop their ideas through validation of clinical need and to determine the market for their proposed solution, product, or service. Successful applicants will also receive guidance on how to bring their ideas towards reality.euqvj_fwgaaiw8v

Applications are straight forward, submitted via an online portal on www.hih.ie. The call will close on 25 March 2021. For more information please visit: https://hih.ie/engage/hse-hihi-spark-ignite-2021/

Design on the Frontline

Design on the Frontline is an open call to the design & innovation community for ideas to some of our most pressing healthcare challenges.dotfl-twitter-profile-picture

Our frontline staff are currently facing intense new challenges and Covid-19 has exposed cracks in many of our existing services and processes. Our healthcare system and our people are under pressure. In response, we have created Design on the frontline - a national call to the design and innovation community for help. We believe that bringing design and healthcare closer together could offer an incredible opportunity to tackle current challenges and shape where we go next. 

We see Design on the Frontline as a way to explore, demonstrate and highlight this opportunity and bring new ideas and fresh thinking when we need them most.

All entries must be submitted through the call website before 11:59 pm on April 6th.

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The HSE is now inviting applications for the Fellowship in Innovation and Change commencing in July 2021. The Innovation Fellowship presents an exciting opportunity for an NCHD to develop their leadership and managerial skills. The purpose of the Innovation Fellowship is to give an NCHD the opportunity to lead and shape the Spark Programme. This will be done in collaboration with the National QI Team, NDTP and other stakeholders.

Check out the full application guide by clicking here!


The Spark Innovation Programme now has its own Twitter account. Follow us on @ProgrammeSpark for updates!