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O’Neill welcomes largest ever investment in academic medicine

13 September, 2016 - by Michelle O'Neill

Health Minister Michelle O’Neill today welcomed the largest ever investment in academic medicine through an all island collaborative partnership.

The combined funding, approximately £10million over the next five years, is from Wellcome Trust, participating universities, the Public Health Agency’s Research and Development Division (HSC R&D) and Ireland’s Health Research Board.

The programme application, fully supported by HSC R&D and Belfast HSC Trust and the Medical and Dental Training Agency, represents a total investment from HSC R&D Division of up to £1million. 

The funding will provide integrated clinical and research training for a total intake of eight students per year across Ireland for a five-year period. Applications open in autumn 2016 for intake in July 2017.

The Minister said: “All-island collaboration on this scale will make a meaningful and tangible difference for health care throughout Ireland. This programme has been successful in working across boundaries, organisations and government to achieve an outcome that will benefit students and patients.”

Michelle O’Neill congratulated Professor Peter Maxwell, Queen’s University Belfast, who is the Director of the Clinical Academic Training Programme in the north, and said:  “Professor Maxwell has played a key role in securing this investment in clinical academic training for the whole island. This initiative demonstrates what can be achieved through working together across the island of Ireland.

“We face the same health issues, challenges and opportunities across Ireland and I want see further development of all-island networks to tap into the benefits that collaboration can potentially deliver.”

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