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HELSEVEL-Gode og effektive helse-, omsorgs- og velferdstjenester

Senter for omsorgsforskning i region sør, Universitet i Agder

Awarded: NOK 25.2 mill.

The Center for Care Research (SOF), south, is a collaborative project between the University of Agder and the University of The South Norway. SOF, south has 9 research employees, 11 PhD fellows, and a post-doctoral fellow. During the reporting period we participated in various research and development projects, several in cooperation with the Development Centers for Nursing Homes and Home Services (USHT) and other municipalities in the region. Selected examples of projects: "Health promotion cooperation to strengthen participation in work." Partners: Vinje municipality, NTNU, Uni Research. Funding: NFR "Does the structural organization of care affect pathways through municipal services for older people with mental health/substance use disorders?" Led by SOF, south. Three fellows, a postdoctoral fellow. Funding: NFR "The politics of a changing institutional ecology: coordination, prioritization and labor in Norwegian health, care and welfare services (ISP)." Partnership with all five SOFs. Funding: NFR. "A European PRImary care Multi-prOfessional REsearcher network (PRIMORE)." Research network-building project. Funding: NFR. "MEDSAM. Models for citizenship co-creation." Partners: Agderforskning, NORCE, College in Western Norway, municipalities in Norway and Denmark. Funding: NFR. "Live your whole life in an institution - The good life for patients and staff." Cooperation with Sandefjord municipality USHT. Funding: Sandefjord municipality, Vestfold and Telemark county council. «Incomplete health and care assistance and competence needs in nursing homes." Partners: SOF network. Funding: Norwegian Directorate of Health. "Individual housing plan - a comprehensive method for a sustainable living and living situation." Partners: Telemark research, Sandefjord municipality. Funding: Husbanken. «Experience with Covid-19 in Norwegian Nursing Homes». Partners: all five SOFs. Funding: Koronakommisjon. "Mapping of how municipalities facilitate faith- and belief exercise for users of municipal health and care services". Funding: Ministry of Children and Family Affairs (BLD). Topics in PhD/post doc projects: Mental health/drug use among the elderly; Municipal urgent care 24/7; Patient trajectories; Inquiries to the Patient and User Ombudsman; Services to people in the early stages of dementia; Welfare technology and autonomy in people with intellectual disabilities. Project applications "Adult school for people with dementia." Partners: Grimstad Municipality, Women's Sanitation Association, UIA, University of Aalborg and University of Northampton. Application to Stiftelsen DAM. (Awarded). "Building DEMentia friendly Living models: Assessing outcomes and identifying Best practices in Norway (DEMLAB Norway)." Partners: UiA, UiO, NTNU, Aging and Health, SINTEF; and Bærum, Kristiansand, Oslo municipalities. Application to NFR. (Rejected January 2021 and June 2021). "Aronia: a natural dietary source to reduce UTIs, reduce use of antibiotics and improve health among elderly?" Partners: SSHF, OsloMet, UiO, UiS, PlantChem AS. Application sent to NFR. (Rejected April 2021) «Release of nursing capacity through new responsibility/task sharing and use of technology?» Partners: Sintef, SOF east. Application to NSF. (Awarded) "Basiskompetanse: digitizing to reduce competence gaps in the municipal health care sector." Partners: USHT Agder East, Kristiansand kommune, UiA IKT, KS. Application to the Regional Research Fund. (Rejected April 2021) «Nursing and female inmates' mental health». Partners: Mental Health Council. Application sent to Stidtelsen Dam. (Rejected April 2021) «Sustainable care: The role of nurses in the municipality in the tension between universalism and prioritisation of services." Possible KD PhD position at USN. Supervisor: Linda Madsen. (Waiting for response). Examples of other activities All five SOFs participate in the national support apparatus for the implementation of the quality reform, Live the Whole Life (LHL). Knowledge summaries have been published, and guidance materials have been developed for the municipalities in selected areas. SOF, south has been responsible for two out of a total of six working groups. SOF South is a permanent member of the regional support system for LHL in Agder. In Vestfold and Telemark, SOF south is a professional partner for the regional support system. SOF South has the overall and coordinating responsibility for the LHL course in omsorgsbiblioteket.no. One summary is being developed in the "Care Library" focused on drug dependence among the elderly. SOF, south is represented in all USHT's trade and cooperation bodies and USHT has two representatives on the SOF, south steering group. We have regular meetings with USHTs in the region. SOF, South is developing a municipal research programme (KFP) for master students in collaboration with UiA, USN and municipal partners.

Behov finnes for å styrke den praksisnære forskningen knyttet opp mot den kommunale omsorgstjenesten. Et ledd i denne satsningen er å etablere regionale forsknings- og utviklingssentre. UiA og HiT søker om å få et regionalt senter for omsorgsforskning eta blert i region sør. UiAs og HiTs forsknings-, utviklings- og utdanningsmiljøer samt samarbeidet med eksterne miljøer presenteres for å vise på den fag- og forskningsportefølje som finnes sammen, inkluderende undervisningssykehjemmene. Dette danner grunnla get for å bygge opp et FoU-senter i nært samspill med kommunene i de fem fylkene i regionen. Det tiltenkte FoU-sentrets tematiske satsingsområder kan derfor i starten baseres på følgende tre områden som vil bygges videre i forhold til kommunenes behov og etterspørsel: 1) Samfunnsnivået; med fokus på rekruttering, kompetanseutvikling, styring, ledelse, organisering og samhandling. 2) Kulturnivået; med fokus på aktiv omsorg - frivillighet. 3) Personnivået; med fokus på økt omsorgskvalitet for eldre og lang varig syke personers helse og livsvilkår samt demensomsorg, psykisk helse, palliativ omsorg og IKT - omsorg. Det finnes en bred erfaring og kompetanse i forhold til vitenskapelige tilnærminger og forskningsmetoder ved UiA og HiT. Dette kommer å gjøre det mulig å realisere kommunenes behov og etterspørsel av praksisnær FoU. Ved eventuell etablering av et FoU-senter vil informasjon om sentrets rolle være sentral. Kommunikasjonen med kommuner og øvrige brukere vil være priortiert. Nettside som tydeliggjør se ntrets profil, prosjekter mv vil bygges. Forskningsresultater vil rapporteres i etablerte vitenskapelige tidsskrifter med referee-ordning. Oppgraderingen av kompetanse ved sentret er at det blir lagt opp til fire årsverk knyttet til faglige stillinger (to fra UiA og to fra HiT), fortrinnsvis to professorer, en førsteamanuensis og en kvalifiseringsstilling for en lektor samt en felles administrativ stilling. Finansieringsplan og budsjett for tre år presenteres.

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