INNOVATEDIGNITY-ITN’s consortium is made up of caring science scholars working on experiential perspectives of human dignity, care, and well-being from nine institutions in five European Union countries: University of Brighton, UK, Linneuniversitetet, Sweden, Hoegskolan Boras, Sweden, Birmingham City University, UK, Bournemouth University, UK, University of Ioannina, Greece, Nord Universitet, Norway, Aarhus Universitet, Denmark and Aalborg Universitet, Denmark. They will be joined by nine training partners offering practical training in four countries for training and secondments: Greece, UK, Sweden, and Denmark.
The purpose of INNOVATEDIGNITY-ITN funded by the European Commission (2019–2023) 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. The project is a response to the Europe wide need to provide sustainable and dignified care for older people at home and in residential, municipal and hospital settings.
The network will look in detail at how older people currently experience care, how they can be supported to live well and how technology, gender, workforce pressures and institutional factors can impact experiences of dignity and well-being. INNOVATEDIGNITY-ITN will research new ways of engaging with older people to shape digital developments, will examine new kinds of care delivery, including long term residential care and rapid transitions from acute hospital care to home, gender imbalances and workforce sustainability to create new forms of care activities that include, participatory models and co-design with older people in response to the growing lack of sustainability in older person care and evidence of current care failings. The research will fall into three interconnecting themes:
In addition to undertaking a doctoral research degree, the ESRs will engage in a series of collaborative research and training events to develop advanced skills and expertise in tackling challenges linked to innovations in dignified, sustainable care systems for older people. They will also participate in collaborative project groups to provide for example, analyses of national level statistical data, and to make full use of older peoples’ insights to lead care innovation.
It is a requirement of the funding that applicants cannot have spent more than 12 months in the country of the hosting institute in the 3 years immediately prior to 1 September 2019. Successful candidates will also need: