4.5m Euro to provide dignified care for older people

Posted on 17th October 2018

The University of Chester is collaborating in the delivery of a new 4.5m Euro research project to train the next generation of leaders to deliver innovations in dignified sustainable care for older people.

The project ‘INNOVATEDIGNITY’ is being financed by the European Commission and involves experts from across the UK, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Greece.

The trans-national network aims to deliver “a shared, world-leading research and training programme to educate the next generation of thought leaders with the necessary research experience and transferable skills to deliver innovations in dignified, sustainable care systems for older people, including new care models and digital applications”.

The research will examine older peoples' perspectives of care systems, focusing on dignity and investigating the potential for digital applications. It will analyse gender issues to provide “crucial, urgently needed knowledge for sustainable and fit-for-purpose care that supports older people to live well”.

Professor Chantal Davies is Professor of Law, Equality and Diversity at the University of Chester. She is also the founder and Director of the University’s Forum for Research in Equality and Diversity (FRED), and has spent her legal and academic career specialising in equality issues. She said: “I am extremely excited that the University of Chester has been chosen to be part of such a world-leading research project. We are looking forward to sharing our expertise on equality and human rights, which will be utilised as part of this programme.”

Professor Kathleen Galvin, the University of Brighton’s Professor of Nursing Practice and a former practising nurse, is leading the research which will employ 15 PhD students.

Professor Galvin said the network 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, including digital technology that offers 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 with insights for sustainability.

She said: “It will address the European problem of how ageing people can live well in caring systems with a concentration on cross-disciplinary scholarship, producing an evidence base through 15 PhD projects, interlinked with a series of integrated assignments, and supported by a coherent interdisciplinary training.

“It will produce leaders well versed in innovating care from standpoints within and beyond ‘healthcare’, sectors that engage technology, the public, and policy makers for the benefit of older people in Europe.”

Professor Galvin will be leading a team of experts from 15 institutions: Bournemouth University, Linnqeus University (Sweden), University of Borås (Sweden), Birmingham City University (UK), Nord University (Norway), University of Ioannina (Greece), with the University Hospital of Ioannina (Greece) Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Unit,  Aarhus University (Denmark), Aalborg University (Denmark), The Patients Association (UK), Royal College of Nursing (UK), Dansk Sygeplejeråd  Forening (Denmark), Posifon Security (Sweden), University of Chester (UK), Belong (UK), Panepistimio Ioanninon (Greece), ÆldreSagen Hjørring (Denmark).

Professor Tara Dean, the University of Brighton’s Professor of Health Sciences and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), said: “This is a significant European project and I am delighted the University has been selected to be the lead. The grant awarded to Professor Galvin and colleagues demonstrates the high standing in which the University’s research is held.”