Patient Education Programme in Health Innovation

Overview video:

How and why the IPPOSI Patient Education Programme was created. (Length = 3 mins, 40 secs)

Why apply for this programme?

This IPPOSI-led programme delivers training for Irish patients on health research and innovation including modules on clinical trials, medicines regulatory affairs and health technology assessment.

The programme is designed to enable and empower more patients and patient advocates to work effectively with Irish and EU-level health research & technology partners, agencies & authorities.

The programme thus supports new research and policy advances in areas where the importance of a strong patient voice is called for, but where there is currently clearly a shortage of patient contributors with the right skills set.

For people who are in a position to meet the IPPOSI commitment asked for, and take the time to learn, the rewards are significant:

  • You gain an understanding of the health innovation system and the patient’s (potential) place in it.
  • You develop the confidence and knowledge to speak more effectively on behalf of yourself and those you represent, because you have learned some of the language of the scientific, medical & healthcare communities.
  • You are empowered to seek more opportunities to get involved
  • You will develop your networks, as well as meeting some like-minded people as yourself!

The programme is based on IPPOSI’s experience of playing a leading role in the successful European Patient’s Academy for Therapeutic Development (EUPATI) which has developed and implemented a pan-European ‘patient expert training course’ focusing on the medicines R&D process ( Nine Irish patient advocates have successfully completed the EUPATI course, graduating as EUPATI fellows in December 2016. IPPOSI leads the Irish EUPATI National Platform as part of the EUPATI National Platform network.

How to apply

Application Process

Please Note:  The programme is not currently open for applications.

If you are interested in applying for the course, you should read our Guide For Applicants in detail. You should also review the webinar (link in right column) about the application process in 2017 (which remains the same for the 2019 programme).

If you are happy to continue, and are clear on the commitments involved, you can download the guide for applicants below.

Guide for applicants

Motivation letter

  • Your application must include a motivational letter (mandatory – no more than 1,000 words)
  • Your application may include a letter of reference (optional)
  • The letter of motivation (and the optional letter of reference) must be emailed to before the application deadline.
  • Applications that are received without a matching motivational letter will not be considered.


A Webinar outlining the application process for the 2017/2018 Patient Education Programme took place on June 26th 2017. Click here for a recording of this Webinar, it may answer questions you have about applying for this course.

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Patient Education Programme Graduation

The 2019 IPPOSI Patient Education Programme is supported by a combination of the Health Research Board (Grant Number: KEDS-2018-020), unrestricted grants from IPPOSI Industry members (Abbvie, GSK, Janssen, Pfizer) as well as in-kind resources from IPPOSI and the 2019 Programme Education Partners:

  • University College Dublin Clinical Research Centre (UCD CRC)
  • The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA)
  • The Discipline of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), in association with the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE) and the Health Information & Quality Authority (HIQA)