Nanyang Polytechnic unveils new Centre for Connected Care to train nurses

Nanyang Polytechnic's School of Health Sciences is investing in pedagogy as well as facilities to ensure that graduates can keep up with future demands.
Nanyang Polytechnic's School of Health Sciences is investing in pedagogy as well as facilities to ensure that graduates can keep up with future demands.PHOTO: NANYANG POLYTECHNIC/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) has officially launched the Centre for Connected Care (CCC) which will train nurses for an increasingly ageing population in Singapore.

The centre's primary targets are seniors and those living with dementia.

One in four Singaporeans will be aged 65 and above by the year 2030, and the number of people with dementia is expected to hit 103,000 by then.

As Singapore's first and largest nursing school, NYP's School of Health Sciences (SHS) is investing in pedagogy as well as facilities to ensure that graduates can keep up with the future demands. It will leverage technology and advances in telemedicine to come up with new and innovative ways for nursing care in homes.

An estimated 1,000 nurses will be trained at the CCC annually.

In her welcome address during the official launch event on Tuesday (May 22), Ms Jeanne Liew, principal  and CEO of Nanyang Polytechnic, said: "NYP's School of Health Sciences seeks to continually innovate their pedagogy to ensure that future healthcare and social care professionals will be able to function effectively within a high-tech environment."

NYP will work with 10 partners at the CCC. They range from companies that design toys and activities for the elderly to those that provide digital infrastructure and smart technology.

Among the partners is StarHub, which signed a memorandum of understanding with NYP at the CCC's launch.

Dr Chong Yoke Sin, head of the enterprise business group at StarHub, said it hoped to address the issue of Singapore's rapidly ageing population and the shortage of manpower in the long-term care sector with this collaborative effort.

"As a telco, we are well-placed to advance connected care to better the lives of people," she said.

She added that NYP's drive to harness advanced technologies in its curriculum and research resonated with StarHub.

The CCC has introduced the Smart Home, which includes innovations such as mobile beds, elder-friendly cupboards as well as open-concept designs. These innovations allow for people with dementia to live with dignity and also allow their caregivers to better engage with them.