Transforming Healthcare “From Quality to Value” through Applied Learning Pedagogy and Transformational Learning Philosophy
The Singapore healthcare system is undergoing a three pronged major transformation in response to its demographic and epidemiologic changes: (1) Beyond Healthcare to Health (to help and support Singaporeans live healthier lives); (2) Beyond Hospital to Community (so Singaporeans can receive care in the community and nearer to home); and (3) Beyond Quality to Value (to ensure that our healthcare system is effective in providing Singaporeans with good care, at affordable costs and in a sustainable way).
To prepare our students to contribute to these transformations one of the modules nursing students undertake under the Singapore Institute of Technology-University of Glasgow (SIT-UoG) Bachelor of Science with Honours in Nursing is NUR 1006 Health Innovation and Informatics. The aim of this module is to develop the innovation skills of students to transform the Singapore health care system “beyond quality to value”. To meet this aim, a “design thinking” and “lean thinking” innovation approach to business process management and evidence-based practice in health care was taught over 36 hours of face-to-face teaching and 80 hours of applied learning through industrial attachment in healthcare organisations.