Universidade Europeia and Santarém District Hospital (HDS) today established a Cooperation Protocol so that students from the European University's Faculty of Health Sciences have access to professional and academic training in a specialised hospital and/or internship environment, thus ensuring an interconnection between clinical practice and teaching, training and research activities.
"The UE Academic Model advocates that the development of teaching, training and research activities in the field of health sciences and technologies incorporate a high-quality practical component in centres, services and units that are recognised as qualified. The co-operation partnership with the Hospital de Santarém reinforces our capacity for differentiation in the teaching of health sciences," says the director of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the European University, Lourdes Martín.
"This partnership is another step towards consolidating the technical and clinical differentiation that HDS has been achieving. Bringing the academy closer together promotes specialised professional practice and integrated practice with teaching, training and clinical research activities. It is, at the same time, an integrating element of the health system that promotes the improvement of the quality of healthcare provision and will enable the strengthening of skills and the valorisation of our professionals," emphasises the chairwoman of the HDS Board of Directors, Ana Infante.
The University plans to create a number of study programmes in the health sciences - subject to assessment and accreditation by the Higher Education Assessment and Accreditation Agency (A3ES) - such as Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Nutrition, Dentistry, Biomedicine, Physiotherapy and Psychology.
According to the Protocol, UE informs the Santarém District Hospital of the study programmes available for the following academic year in the area of Health Sciences, as well as the study plan and curricular units for each programme, indicating the number of teachers and teaching hours required. In turn, the Hospital indicates the list of teaching staff available to join the teaching team of the study programmes available for the respective academic year.
The Protocol enters into force on the date it is signed and for a period of 10 years. This period may be automatically renewed for successive periods of 5 academic years (from 1 September to 31 August of the following year).