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Championing Innovation in Academia - what can be learned from Co-Production and Design Thinking

Join an interesting immersion into fostering innovation and creative problem-solving.

In a fast – pace moving world, the problems faced by the leaders of education institutions are often complex, varied, and difficult to address. Patient – centred teaching and learning, curricula development and implementation, social or community impact or securing the classroom climate are only a few to start with. Such problems require multifaceted, cross-disciplinary, human - centred, solutions, and can benefit extensively from creative thinking inspired by design-specific approaches and methodologies. 

This highly interactive session, moderated by Prof. Paul Brockehurst, with support from oral health industry experts will review core concepts of co-creation and design thinking. Concrete application examples will be discussed and an easy to-apply framework will be provided to achieve solutions focused on empathy and end-user needs identification.

Paul Brocklehurst

Paul Brocklehurst is a Professor of Health Services Research and the Director of the Trials Unit at North Wales Organisation for Randomised Trials in Health (NWORTH CTU). He is a mixed-methods researcher, with broad expertise in role substitution and dental health service re- organisation, effectiveness and efficiency of NHS provision and in needs-based work-force planning. He has contributed to a range of work-force policy groups including the Centre for Work-force Intelligence and his review of the evidence for the Office of Fair Trading led, in part, to a change in the regulatory framework and scope of practice for allied health professionals in dentistry. Professor Paul Brocklehurst was until recently a NIHR Clinician Scientist and Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health at the University of Manchester. Much of his time has been spent delivering a series of research projects, often using co-production, that map onto the Prudent Healthcare agenda exploring the efficacy and the cost-effectiveness of role substitution in primary dental care or elderly-focused prevention

More about the session topics

Co-production is a broad family of approaches that seek to incorporate stakeholder views to build contextual knowledge. Participatory design approaches include subject matter 'experts by experience’, such as patients, their families, carers, professionals, services managers & policy makers

Design Thinking is an iterative process in which we seek to understand the end-user, challenge assumptions, and redefine problems in an attempt to identify alternative strategies and solutions that might not be instantly apparent within the initial understanding. Design Thinking is a way of thinking and working as well as a collection of hands-on methods, and has been successfully used outside creative industries in domains like business and healthcare.

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