Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is a university-level education institution in the south-east of Ireland of 10,000 students and 1,000 staff. WIT is a leading research-intensive Institute with approximately 208 Research postgraduate students, and 149 PhD students. Undergraduate education, postgraduate masters and PhD training, research, innovation and community engagement form a dynamic continuum of activity. WIT has 208 Research postgraduate students, and 149 PhD students. WIT is home to almost 800 international students from over 70 countries and places great emphasis on the internationalisation of the Irish student experience. Over the last 10 years Waterford Institute has successfully attracted over €141 million in research funding (e.g. PRTLI, SFI and EU frameworks Programme FP4 to FP7 and most recently H2020). WIT areas of R&D expertise include ICT and health sciences research. Researchers in WIT have substantial experience in coordinating projects and securing funding in these areas at national and EU level. As a result of its work on collaborative research projects, WIT has built extensive alliances with leading industrial and academic partners across Europe.

University of Maribor (UM) has 1100 researchers and teaching staff collaborates with economic partners, civil society, public administration and other institutions. UM supports research and art with a focus on well-being and societal development. UM focuses on the priority area of Horizon 2020 “Societal challenges – Health, demographic changes and well-being”. Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) offers five study programmes: an undergraduate programme in Nursing Care; postgraduate master programmes in Nursing Care, Management in Health and Social Organizations and Bioinformatics; FHS was first in Slovenia offering Postgraduate 2nd and 3rd degree study programme Nursing Care. The researchers at FHS have experiences in coordinating national and EU level projects University students are under stress due to various factors, such as academic pressures. Students can make appointment at the university psychologist, but there is a lack in mental health support within the individual faculties. This may be due to lack of experts in the field of psychiatry and clinical psychology. On the other hand, we have examples of good practice on the national level in four Counselling Centers for children, adolescents with specific learning difficulties and other mental health problems and their parents.

Tecnocampus (FTMM) is a technology and business park located in Mataró city (Barcelona) that houses over 120 companies and where 720 people work and fosters entrepreneurship. The uniqueness of TecnoCampus is given by the union of the company and the university, since the park shares the location with three university centres attached to the Pompeu Fabra University: School of Engineering and Technology, School of Health Sciences and School of Business and Social Sciences. This enables synergies in the field of entrepreneurship and joint projects. The park is also composed of a Congress Centre with capacity to organize acts of up to 400 people. TecnoCampus’ mission is to act as the territory’s main driving force for creating, capturing, strengthening and retaining the talent necessary for the social and economic development of its area of influence. To achieve this, it fosters an entrepreneurial culture at all educational and training levels with business project incubation and pre-incubation programmes. The aim is to become a focus of attraction for business investment with a view to developing a science and innovation park that will make its mark in the university sphere. Its priority lines of action, as far as sectorial specialisation is concerned, are wellness and health; tourism and leisure; media and entertainment (videogames); electronics, e-wellness and telemedicine; and smart textiles.

UPMC Whitfield (EHC) is located on the outskirts of Waterford City and is the largest private hospital in the South East of Ireland. The Hospital provides access to an advanced Cancer Centre and an 80-bed facility with five operating theatres, two endoscopy suites and two linac bunkers. The key specialities provided by the hospital are cancer treatments (Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy), Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology, Endoscopy and a range of other surgical specialities. UPMC Whitfield (EHC) has over 50 expert physicians working across a range of specialties, including radiotherapy, cardiology, orthopaedics, ophthalmology, oncology / haematology, radiology, ear, nose and throat, gynaecology, urology and general surgery. These are supported by a wider team of 180 dedicated medical, nursing and administration staff to ensure the hospital offers patients the right care, in the right way, at the right time – in a first-class facility that is close to home. Owned by University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), a non-profit organisation that is a recognised leader both in providing healthcare services in the United States and sharing that knowledge to build outstanding healthcare services with parties around the globe. UPMC has renowned centres of excellence in transplantation, cancer, neurology, sports medicine, geriatrics and women’s health. Already trusted by millions of patients across the world, Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania)-based UPMC operates more than 40 hospitals, as well as 700 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and is now delivering this global expertise to those living in the South East of Ireland. UPMC’s academic partner, the University of Pittsburgh, is a medical research powerhouse, ranking fifth in research funding from the US National Institutes of Health, Whitfeld Clinic is accredited by CHKS, an international accreditation body. By achieving and maintaining quality standards, we adhere to the highest standards of patient safety at all times. UPMC Whitfield collaborates closely with the public health system hospitals in the Southeast Region: Waterford University Hospital – the largest public hospital in the region with 550 beds hosting regional speciality services, St Lukes Hospital Kilkenny (285 bed general hospital), Wexford General Hospital (237 bed general hospital), South Tipperary General Hospital (255 bed general hospital) and Kilcreene Orthopaedic Hospital (31 bed specialist orthopaedic hospital).

IBK Mangement Solutions GMBH was founded in 2001 to translate the concepts and methods of survey based management techniques into web tools. Most of the supported management techniques are focused around the concept of Business Excellence, amongst them a licensed software support for the EFQM Model. One derivate of this, called PEx, was first developed in the LdV Project LOPEC as a person centred translation of the EFQM Excellence Model. This will be used to develop a BRAINS specific tool to support the students and alumni in defining their own career path with a focus on developing resilience against work related stress in the health sector. IBK will use its GOA Library to implement the new PEx self-assessment module and will maintain them later for post project use as part of their GOA Solutions Library. Thus none of the Universities will have to bother to implement and maintain a software product themselves and still be assured that the support tool for the developed methodology will be kept alive and updated on a professional level. IBK will focus on implementing the extensions and project specific adaptations of the PEx Assessment tool, as well as on the transfer of the IMPRESS Stress Factor Assessment tool and its adaptation to the BRAINS requirements.

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