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Reorganisation at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Bild: Hus 511, Campus US. Foto: Thor Balkhed

An enquiry into the organisation of the social sciences and humanities at LiU recently presented its final report, receiving considerable attention. A similar enquiry at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences has also proposed changes to the way the faculty is organised.

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is facing challenges associated with how its education is financed. Money must be saved while teaching methods and quality must be improved, and the time available to teachers for research and professional development must be increased. The two largest programmes in the current organisation, medicine and nursing, are experiencing structural problems with large differences between departments. This creates extra work and financial insecurity. At the same time, there is increasing pressure that academia should play a more active role within university healthcare. An agreement known as “ALF” governs clinical research in seven county councils in Sweden, among them Östergötland. An evaluation under the auspices of ALF recently criticised the faculty for its complicated organisation.

Bild: Johan D Söderholm, dekanus Medicinska fakulteten“We must create a similar and well-functioning process to distribute education and finance between and within the two departments”, says Johan D Söderholm, dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. “If we are to experience long-term growth and improvement, we must be able to work together efficiently within the faculty, not only internally between departments but also in our interactions with the health and medical care system. This is why we must grasp this opportunity to form two well-defined departments within the faculty, with the highest quality of their core activities as guiding principle, where the structures work with us, not against us.”

Two investigators, Diana Berggren and Lars Rydberg, were commissioned by the dean to submit proposals for how operations within the faculty could best be organised.

The enquiry’s proposals:

  • Two departments are formed with operations at several locations.
  • The same conditions prevail for teachers who participate in programmes with operations at different locations.
  • The two departments are to combine clinical and preclinical subjects, and other disciplines.
  • Nursing education is to be carried out in both departments, and the medical programme also is to be distributed between the two departments.
  • The production of education is to be balanced between the two departments.
  • The number of teachers employed is to be balanced between the two departments.
  • Co-ordination with healthcare at the University Hospital is to be increased.
  • Co-ordination of administration between the two departments is to be increased, for example by the use of similar procedures and processes.

The two proposed departments have been temporarily named X and Y. They are essentially the same size, but have different profiles, where X has a greater alignment towards society and outpatient care, while Y has a larger component of inpatient care and subjects associated with laborative operations.

The vice-chancellor has asked the faculty board to present its response to the proposals by 14 December. Further stages in the process will involve the selection of project management and support for the reorganisation, to ensure that core activities are not affected more than necessary, such that the quality of our education is not affected and a positive work environment for our co-workers is maintained during the reorganisation.

A process to seek support for the changes will involve the faculty management and the faculty board not only taking the responses to a consultation round into consideration, but also conducting a broader and in-depth dialogue with subject representatives, divisional and unit managers, and administrators within the divisions, together with the management of the strategic areas. In addition, the meetings are, of course, open for other interested co-workers. The dialogues will be based on the principle that the groups give constructive suggestions for how we best can distribute our operations between the two departments.

Institutionsutredningen Medicinska fakulteten (pdf in Swedish)



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Last updated: 2018-11-06