The Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education (MAHSE) has launched a free, bespoke online course aimed at healthcare scientists and those hoping to enter the profession. The course, entitled ‘Understanding Innovation in the Healthcare Sciences’, explores the question of what innovation means in practice when it comes to healthcare science. The course is being hosted on the FutureLearn platform, a simple and intuitive tool owned by The Open University which is being used to deliver so-called Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to nearly 8 million learners.
The course was developed by two of MAHSE’s constituent universities, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester, in partnership with Health Education England. It will examine the emerging field of ‘improvement science’ and how this can aid healthcare scientists in identifying opportunities for innovation. Upon completion, learners will be equipped with the skills needed to plan, develop, launch, communicate and evaluate an innovation project proposal.
The course opened on 11th June and will be open for sign-ups for four weeks. Anyone can access the course’s content for six weeks without paying and there is an optional fee of £62 which will grant indefinite access as well as a Certificate of Achievements that can be downloaded at any time. You can access the course here.