In For Care

Towards a collaborative tool for informal care and voluntary assistance

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - Published by Ragni Leifson
A collaboration between Scotland and Norway brings together experience from nursing, interaction design, psychology and project management.

In January 2018, the Scottish and Norwegian partners from In For Care met at the Grimstad campus of the University of Agder (UiA), Norway.

The aim was to work on the planning and deveolopment of a collaborative tool that will help diffent agents and actors within informal care and voluntary assistance coordinate activities.

"UiA brings to the table expertise in eHealth technology design and evaluation. In this project we combine our expertise with Abertay's on serious games and digital arts", says associate professor Santiago Martinez at UiA's Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences.

Senior lecturers Daniel Gilmour and Kenneth Scott-Brown from the University of Abertay in Scotland, are leading In For Care's work on a collaborative tool for informal care and voluntary assistance.

"The team works well by bringing together experience from nursing, interaction design, psychology and project management. It is particularly valuable to be able to supplement our remote collaborations with focused work around the same table. The facilities here at UiA's Centre for e-Health are world class in this regards", says Ken Scott-Brown.

"We have been working with Elin Thygesen and Santiago Martinez for many years now, and have previously collaborated with UiA on the iAge Interreg IV project. Later this week, Elin and I will be working on a new UiA project InnArbeid, which brings together a huge number of local stakeholders and an international panel of experts to help deliver technological solutions to help people with intellectual abilities into long term work. A great example of an international collaboration created and curated by UiA", says Scott-Brown.

Photo caption:

Meeting up in Norway: Associate professor Elin Thygesen, UiA; Associate professor Santiago Martinez, UiA; PhD student Erica Fredriksen, UiA; Ken Scott-Brown, Abertay University; Daniel Gilmour, Abertay University.