‘INNOVATEDIGNITY’, led by the University of Brighton, is financed by the European Commission, with project partners from across the UK, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Greece.
The project will be launched at the University of Brighton’s partner institution Hoegskolan Boras in Sweden on 18 June.
The aim of ‘INNOVATEDIGNITY’ is to “develop a shared research and training agenda in order to educate the next generation of interdisciplinary health care researchers and care leaders across Europe”.
Professor Kathleen Galvin is leading the European research team which consists of the project partners and 15 early stage researchers who will undertake qualitative research with older people across Europe.
Professor Galvin said: “As a consortium of caring science scholars in partnership with professional bodies, older person advocacy organisations and technology developers we are very excited to be launching our project which aims to shed new light on how older people can live well in care systems with dignity.
“We are looking forward to working closely with the early stage researchers, preparing them to be future leaders in this field.”
Professor Galvin said the project will:
- Critically evaluate existing care systems and provide analyses that make use of older persons’ insights.
- Examine and offer a range of conceptual, empirical and methodological conditions to develop new innovations that offer dignity in care.
- Provide an analysis of impacts of new care models on the wellbeing of older people.
- Critically examine impacts of gender on care delivery, on the leadership of caring and science careers, and the care workforce to produce insights for sustainability.
Professor Galvin is working closely with a team of experts who have forged the European Academy of Caring Science in order lead developments in care. They are from: Linneaus University (Sweden), University of Borås (Sweden), Bournemouth University, Birmingham City University, Nord University (Norway), University of Ioannina (Greece), Aarhus University (Denmark), Aalborg University (Denmark), in partnership with The Patients Association, The Royal College of Nursing, Dansk Sygeplejeråd Forening (Denmark), Posifon Security (Sweden), University of Chester, Belong, ÆldreSagen Hjørring (Denmark), and KareInn (UK).