- University of Sheffield, United Kingdom Department of Sociological Studies (USFD)
- University of Sheffield, United Kingdom: School of Health and Related Research (USFD - ScHARR)
- Lunds Universitet, Sweden (ULUND)
- Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg, Germany (UHEI)
- Newcastle University, United Kingdom (UNEW)
- National Institute of Health and Science on Aging, Italy (INRCA)
- Age Platform Europe, Brussels (AGE)
- Eurocarers, Luxembourg (EuCa)
- Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom (SHU)
- Latvian Council of Science, Latvia (LCS)
(Contributor to ICT-based Social Support for Carers of Older People)
Eurocarers is a registered European non-profit organization consisting of member organizations of carers and related organizations and researchers, working for carers. Carers are defined as persons who take care of someone outside a professional or formal framework. The care recipient may have a chronic illness, disability or other long lasting health or care need.
The Association pursues philanthropic, scientific, advocacy and educational ends with regard to the representation and Social Inclusion of carers. It seeks to advance the recognition of informal care and represent and acts on behalf of all carers, former carers (and their organizations), irrespective of their age or the particular health need of the person they caring for.
Among its principal aims are:
- The exchange, gathering and dissemination of experience, expertise and good practice, as well as innovations;
- To carry out and support research on issues that concern carers, to help build the evidence for sound policy, advocacy and development
- To advocates for the interests of carers with a focus on health, pensions and social security, social inclusion and employment. As part of this activity, Eurocarers provides the secretariat to the European Parliament Interest Group on Carers
- To contribute to transnational projects
- To encourage and facilitates the development of carers representative NGOs in all EU states
- Key personnel involved in the project
Frank Goodwin - Eurocarers Secretary
Hanneli Dohner - Senior Researcher
Elizabeth Hanson - Researcher
Additional researchers will be recruited to the team.
- Main tasks attributed to them in the project
EuCA will co-lead WP3, taking responsibility for Tasks 1, 2 ,and 3. EuCa will also take responsibility for Task 3, and contribute to Tasks 2 and 7 in WP6.
- Short profile and previous relevant experience
Frank Goodwin is Secretary of EUROCARERS. As a social worker Frank worked in the psychiatric services for six years and then with Dublin City Council for twenty five years and retired in 2004. He was founder member of The Carers Association in 1987 and has been chairperson for most years since.
Hanneli Döhner is a sociologist, specialised on social gerontology. The title of her doctoral thesis (1982) was: “Chronically ill and disabled patients of a surgical department. Medico social research on identification von chronically ill and disabled and the description of their psychosocial situation”. Since 1985 she has been the head of the working group on social gerontology in the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Department of Medical Sociology and Health Economics (IMSG) (www.uke.uni-hamburg.de/institute/medizin-soziologie/index_9453.php).
Her scientific interests are: integrated care / case and care management for older people and their families; support and relieve of family carers / European comparative studies; migrant carers, reconciliation of work and care / medical care in nursing homes /violence against older women / patients with dementia in acute hospitals. She was and still is the head of several local, national and European research and practice projects. Her main research focus in the last years has been on caregivers. She was co-ordinator of the EU funded project: “EUROFAMCARE – Services for Supporting Family Carers of Older People in Europe”. She is currently involved in some projects dealing with special aspects concerning the situation on caregivers.
She is engaged in different scientific societies and advisory boards and is currently a board member of the German Association of Carers (wir pflegen: www.wir-pflegen.net) and member of the Executive Committee of EUROCARERS (www.eurocarers.org). Dr Döhner’s time to the project will be at no cost.
Dr. Elizabeth Hanson is the research leader of the SNFCCC. She works as a senior lecturer at the Department of Health and Caring Sciences at the Linnaeus University in Sweden and is a Visiting Reader at the University of Sheffield School of Nursing in the UK.