Rinicare

MSc Project Management student project

With increasing pressure on healthcare budgets, there is a growing need to develop innovative solutions that both alleviate pressure on resources whilst improving patient outcomes. Research is at the heart of such endeavors and local company Rinicare has been pushing forward the boundaries of how technology can help though close collaboration with hospitals and universities.

After successfully becoming a partner in a pan-European (Horizon 2020) Internet of Things project, Rinicare enlisted a team of MSc Project Management students from Lancaster University Management School to help in the project planning for the initial phase. With partners in 7 different countries and many stakeholders, strong project management planning was imperative.

The team of MSc Project Management students were tasked to develop specific deliverables to support the preparations for the project start whilst being supported by senior project managers at Rinicare.

Talking about the project, Søren Udby, Project Manager at Rinicare and a LUMS Alumni, noted:“The technical aspects of the Inter-IoT project are very complex, so it was quite impressive to see how fast the student team understood what we were trying to obtain from their project.”

Regarding the project and communications plan delivered by the students for the initial stage of the large project, he concluded: “I was really impressed by the student team and the quality of their deliverables. It is clear that they worked hard on this project, which will benefit Rinicare’s own expansion in the market for IoT connected healthcare devices.”

Neil Ralph, Senior Teaching Fellow at LUMS, supervised the students during the project. He explained the benefits for both sides: “Exposing students to the complexity of real-world projects enables them to cement their learning whilst delivering tangible benefits to the client.”

Following the success of this project, another team of MSc students worked with Rinicare on a new market opportunity for their PRIME system and won the national China-UK Entrepreneurship Challenge competition. Their bid was to use Rinicare’s PRIME system to facilitate healthcare in major cities in China.

Professor Nigel Lockett, Associate Dean for Engagement at Lancaster University Management School, explained the reasoning for Lancaster University engaging with businesses in this way: “Initiatives like this are part of the wider University strategy of engaging with businesses for the benefit of society, being at the forefront of innovative advances and boosting learning experiences for our students.”

 

To find out more about LUMS Student Consultancy Research Projects, please contact Jennifer Peasnell, Company Projects Manager by emailing studentprojects@lancaster.ac.uk or calling 01524 510718.