Applications Open for IPPOSI Patient Education Programme

IPPOSI (Irish Platform for Patient Organisations, Science and Industry) is a group that Fighting Blindness has been a member of for many years. Through this group we work closely with other IPPOSI members to ensure patients are at the heart of health policy and innovation.

In association with a number of education partners in Ireland, IPPOSI today announced a call for applications to the IPPOSI-led Patient Education Programme in Health Innovation. This six month blended learning education programme, the first of its kind in Ireland, is being piloted from September 2017 to March 2018. The IPPOSI-led pilot programme is based on the EUPATI model but specifically tailored for Irish patient communities. It will cover the following topics;

  • Understanding Clinical Trials – delivered by the University College Dublin Clinical Research Centre
  • Regulatory Affairs, Medicinal Product Safety, Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacoepidemiology – delivered by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA)
  • Health Technology Assessment principles and practices – delivered by the Deptartment of Medicine and Therapeutics, Trinity College Dublin, in association with the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE)

Fighting Blindness members and volunteers in the Republic of Ireland are invited to apply for this course. This includes people who have a condition causing vision impairment or blindness and family members of people affected. Twenty places are available on the pilot programme.

How to apply

  • Before you apply for the course please read the Guide for Applicants in detail.
  • To submit your application you must complete an online application form, which you can find here, before 5pm on Friday, June 30.
  • Your application must include a motivational letter (mandatory – no more than 1,000 words – see our Guide for Applicants). Please Note: applications that are received without a matching motivational letter will not be considered.
  • Your application may include a letter of reference (optional – refer to Guide for Applicants)
  • The letter of motivation (and the optional letter of reference) must be emailed to before 5pm on Friday, June 30.

Any further questions?

From 2pm to 3pm on Monday, June 26, IPPOSI will host a Webinar to answer questions you may have about the application process and the course itself. You can register for the webinar here. Please visit for full details.

If you would like more information please contact Caitriona Dunne on 01 67789 004 or