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Students at Metropolitan University College Develop Innovative Health Solutions

Students from five different study programmes are ready to present their innovative ideas. As the first students at Metropolitan University College, they have participated in an innovation course developed by Copenhagen Health Innovation. Photo: CHI

35 students from Metropolitan University College have participated in a pilot project, developing innovative solutions to concrete health challenges as part of the course ‘People with Cancer’.

By Coordinator Simone Stengaard, Metropolitan University College.

On Tuesday morning the air on the third floor of Metropolitan University College’s new Practice and Innovation House is thick with expectations. Students, teachers and practice representatives talk over a cup of coffee and a croissant. Everyone has come early to participate in the presentation of the students’ innovation projects. The students have produced suggested solutions in connection with an innovation course developed by Metropolitan University College in cooperation with Copenhagen Health Innovation (CHI).

Trine Bach Andersen, who is training to become a medical laboratory technician, has participated in the innovation course. Her group has developed an idea, where patients before their first visit to the department for radiotherapy receive a video in their digital mailbox. Through the video the patients are given a tour of the department, including the waiting room and linear accelerators. The aim is to prepare the patients and their relatives for the visit and thus improve the experiences of both patients and staff.

Trine explains how the interdisciplinarity of the group has affected the solution: ‘The fact that we have represented various professions has probably made it easier for us to find a good solution. At the same time, it has been interesting to hear about the other study programmes, as it is the people I will be working together with in the hospital after I graduate’.

But not only the students have benefitted from the course. Associate Professor Karen-Marie Olesen from the study programme in nursing and the teacher responsible for the innovation team says: ‘Through CHI we have been able to place our work on innovation within a concrete framework. The objective of our work has become more clear to us. It is important to point out that learning about cross-professional cooperation and innovation must be integrated into each other – they are not two different things. We need to bear this in mind, when making innovation a part of the other courses in the cross-professional programme’.

The panel comprising, from the left, Connie Kristensen from Herlev Hospital, Nina Riis from the University of Copenhagen and Thomas Harsløf from Metropolitan University College.

Ideas Can Be Further Developed in Talent Programme

A panel has been appointed specially to judge the students’ innovative suggested solutions, focussing among other things on the suggestions’ use-value for the hospitals and their news value. While the panel agreed on a winner, the students were informed that they can further develop their idea in the CHI talent programme Health Innovators, where they get a chance to cooperate with students from the University of Copenhagen, CBS and the Technical University of Denmark. This means that students who dream of further developing an innovative idea may do so while receiving qualified help from CHI experts and other talented students.

About ‘People with Cancer’ at Metropolitan University College

The Section for Cross-Professional Education at Metropolitan University College is responsible for the 10-week cross-professional module. The course ‘Cross-professional cooperation on People with Cancer’ have students studying to become medical laboratory technicians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, radiographers and nurses. The module is a 10-week full-time course earning the students 15 ECTS credits.

The activity is part of CHI-VEST, and is financed by:

Den Europæiske Socialfond