The ONMSD commenced a collaboration with the Spark Programme in 2019.
The Spark Innovation Programme seeks to support, promote and recognise innovation amongst healthcare staff within the HSE. 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 urges all Nurses and Midwives, NCHDs, Health and Social Care Professionals with a problem solving mind, a desire to learn about design and innovation and more than anything are excited about seeing their ideas come to fruition to get involved as we want to help navigate your problem solving journey.
The objectives of the Spark Innovation Programme are to:
Encourage and support frontline innovation and quality improvement across all healthcare disciplines
Empower and engage frontline staff
Provide design and innovation workshops and promote the role of user centred design in the health system
Create a supportive ecosystem for health innovators
Promote early engagement with emerging technology
The Spark Innovation Programme is supported by:
Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director (ONMSD)
National Doctors Training & Planning (NDTP)
National Health and Social Care Professions Office (HSCP)