Minister for Health opens Faculty of Health Sciences Offices

Posted on: 01 October 2008

The Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney, TD officially opened the Faculty of Health Sciences Offices on 29 September.  The Faculty of Health Sciences consists of the Schools of Dental Science, Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. These schools, which train individuals to play key roles in healthcare delivery in future years, are spread across the city centre campus and in St James’s Hospital and the Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Incorporating the National Children’s Hospital in Tallaght.

In January 2008, an earlier decision of the College to reorganise the academic structure of TCD was implemented that saw the amalgamation of all schools into three faculties: Health Sciences; Engineering, Mathematics and Sciences; and Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The new structure allows for a more synergistic approach to the delivery of education to future and current health professionals.

The Faculty of Health Sciences designs its taught and research programmes to prepare inexperienced and experienced health practitioners for their role as leaders, educators, expert clinicians and researchers for the future and are designed to facilitate the development of a self-directed approach to learning.

Speaking at the opening, the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Prof Colm Ó Moráin, stated that “Trinity has always been committed to innovation and research and examples of these such as the Institute of Preventative Medicine and TCD’s commitment to the study and treatment of Colo-rectal cancer have been an inspiration to the country and the rest of the world. A further and most relevant example of TCD’s contribution to the Irish Health Services is the proposed establishment of the Trinity Academic Medical Centre. This in itself will make massive improvements in teaching and delivery of health care and will fully establish TCD as an equal with the leaders in health care and education in the world.”