Elizabeth Hanson

Elizabeth Hanson

Department of Health and Caring Sciences Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
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Professor in Caring Sciences with a focus on care of frail older people and support of their family carers and Scientific Leader of ‘Nationellt kompetenscentrum anhöriga’ (Swedish Family Care Competence Centre-SFCCC), a national centre of excellence in the field of informal care (see www.anhoriga.se). Visiting Reader at the University of Sheffield, School of Nursing & Midwifery, steering board member of the non-governmental organization (NGO) ‘Anhörigas Riksförbund’ (Carers Sweden) and the SFCCC’s contact person in Eurocarers, a European NGO consisting of national research centres and carer organisations from all 28 member states.

Trained as a general registered nurse and gained a BA (Hons.) Degree in Nursing at Sheffield Hallam University, UK (1986), secured my doctorate at the University of Lancaster, Department of Educational Research, exploring the support role of the oncology nurse in relation to persons with cancer and their families (1991). Post doc. at the Cancer Nursing Research Group at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada (1993-5) headed up by Professor Lesley Degner and Assistant Professor (1991-6) in the faculty with teaching and supervision within palliative nursing care.

As Senior Lecturer in Nursing at the University of Sheffield, School of Nursing and Midwifery (1997-2000) I worked alongside Professor Mike Nolan in several major externally funded projects, including the EU funded ACTION project (Assisting Carers using Telematics Interventions to meet Older people’s Needs) focusing on the quality of life of frail older people and their family carers via the use of accessible Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

Since 1997, I have actively worked with research and development work in the area of quality of life of older people with advanced long-standing chronic conditions, family (informal) care support and empowerment in research and practice. Moved to Sweden 2000 and supported the establishment of a regional research and development centre with a focus on older people and informal care in West Sweden - ÄldreVäst Sjuhärad now known as FoU-Sjuhärad Välfärd research centre.

In 2003, I secured a Senior Lecturer post at the University of Kalmar, now Linnaeus University, Department of Health and Caring Sciences. 2007 as co-investigator, secured a bid to establish a national centre of excellence in the field of informal care of older people which has subsequently been extended with external funding from the National Board of Health and Welfare Sweden and the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs to include parents and relatives of children with profound and complex disabilities, young carers, carers of people with mental-ill health and employers of working carers. I head up several collaborative research projects which are closely linked to the centre, the most recent of which includes work on behalf of Eurocarers within the INNOVAGE project, to develop web-based social support services for carers in Europe.


Elizabeth Hanson, professor of health sciences and principal investigator, presents the Me-We project



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