Want to get EDUCATED? Want to get INVOLVED? The IPPOSI Patient Education Programme is now open for applications. This is a 6-month blended-learning education programme, the first of its kind in Ireland, and is being piloted from September 2017 to March 2018 with a number of topics related to healthcare and the development of new treatments.

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The pilot programme is being led by IPPOSI in partnership with a number of education partners and will cover the following topics:

  • Understanding Clinical Trials – delivered by the University College Dublin Clinical Research Centre
  • Regulatory Affairs, Medicinal Product Safety, Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacoepidemiology – delivered by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA)
  • Health Technology Assessment principles and practices – delivered by the Dept. of Medicine & Therapeutics, Trinity College Dublin, in association with the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE)

All of the information you need to complete the application - including a Guide for Applicants, and a link to the online application form - are available on the IPPOSI website here. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday, June 30th 2017.

There is a webinar for those interested in applying taking place this coming Monday, 26th June, from 2 - 3 pm. This will cover an introduction to the course and a Q&A.  Register here

For more information about what IPPOSI does visit IPPOSI.ie

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