A NEW joint initiative between the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) and Barringtons Hospital will see students being educated in specialised medical technology in Limerick for the first time.
The partnership between the two Limerick institutions - which was launched by Finance Minister Michael Noonan and Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan in Barringtons Hospital - will involve students of the new BSc in medical technology course being instructed in the private hospital.
As a result of this, a memorandum of understanding has been signed between the college and the hospital.
Under this, core elements of the new course will be delivered in Barringtons Hospital, using state-of-the-art medical technology.
LIT president Dr Maria Hinfelaar said: “This partnership with Barringtons Hospital is very exciting for LIT. Students on the new BSc in medical technology programme are not only being equipped for careers in an emerging sector that is critical to the delivery of medicine in the future, but their education will include practice in a healthcare setting throughout their studies.”
Dr Hinfelaar believes both LIT and Barringtons are now “joining the leading edge of medical technology education” with this initiative.
This, she added, will see “a new form of medical technical education delivered in Limerick. Paul O’Byrne, consultant surgeon and founder of Barringtons private hospital added: “This launch is the culmination of a process that started a number of years ago. This new model of education is something that is very important to us here in Barringtons. The reality is that medical technology has become so central in modern medicine in recent years that a new kind of technical expertise is now required in the operating theatre.
“This new BSc means that we can now address this need, and have people educated to the highest standards so that surgical and other procedures can be delivered in a new way that provides the best possible care to more people,” he added.
Meanwhile, in a week in which LIT announced the procurement of 40 acres of land at Coonagh Cross to develop a new campus for its engineering students, the college will also move students into another city centre campus overhead AIB at 106 O’Connell Street.
This area is also home to the National Franchise Centre, a joint initiative between the Limerick Chamber and the college.
LIT has two main campuses in Limerick - its main one in Moylish and at the former Limerick School of Art and Design at Clare Street.