Social and Community Engagement in the Irish Health and Social Sector

14 February 2023

The traditional model of care is transitioning from an acute hospital-based model to a socially driven well-being model. This requires health faculties delivering nurse education programmes across Europe to include the social needs of persons utilising health and social care services in the modern era. Many of these services are delivered by both government-sponsored and non-governmental organisations and it is therefore essential that students develop an understanding of these changing services in diverse regional contexts as they are impacted by national and regional factors.

According to the European Commission, Ireland faces several challenges, such as the fact that tobacco and dietary risks (including alcohol use) are major contributors to mortality in Ireland. Additionally, people have different access to health services as there is the national health service and voluntary health insurance for those who can afford it, which can lead to inequality.

This SAP will provide a mechanism for students to gain an insight into the delivery of services at both national, Irish and wider European levels through a collaborative cross-faculty approach in the delivery and assessment of this SAP. It is essential for all involved, participants and organisations, in this SAP to develop internationalisation for nursing students at this time to meet the professional regulatory requirements and ensure the quality of student learning towards 2030 in line with the WHO guidance.

The RUN-EU Short Advanced Programme (SAP) Social and Community Engagement in the Irish Health and Social Sector, is jointly organised by the NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences (NHL Stenden), the Technological University of the Shannon (TUS), and the Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK), and will help prepare students for that future.

From 6 March to 17 April 2023

Face-to-face week
From 10 to 14 April at the Technological University of the Shannon (TUS)

Mode of delivery

Language of instruction

ECTS credits

Academic recognition
The SAP is either part of an optional module or an add-on, which will be added to the diploma supplement.

Eligible participants
All RUN-EU students in a nursing degree programme.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this Short Advanced Programme, students will be able to:

  • Critically review a community organisation in Ireland recognising and respecting the values and ideology of the organisation. Demographic, legal issues, regulations and culture all need to be taken into account.
  • Discuss the resources of community partners that are designated to serve a public purpose and where these resources come from and how they are allocated.
  • Participate in a community activity which builds on the capacity of individuals, groups, and organisations.
  • Gain an insight into and experience how to collaboratively address issues of public concern.
  • Critically reflect on and evaluate community engagement, exchange of knowledge, groupwork, roles and resources in the framework of leadership and intercultural sensitivity.

How to apply
Fill in the application form

Deadline for applications
24 February 2023

Selection criteria
The student is in a nursing degree + balanced participation of students from all RUN-EU member institutions.


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