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Current & recent projects and assignments


Technology trlal evaluation and technology assessment

CommonWell
CommonWell (www.commonwell.eu) is a project funded under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme of the European Commission. The project aims to integrate and evaluate ICT-enabled health and social care services in order to improve the quality of life of older people and their families. WRC are leading the evaluation of the pilot trials in the four countries (Germany, Netherlands, Spain and UK).

INDEPENDENT
Independent is another project funded under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme of the European Commission. The project also aims to integrate and evaluate ICT-enabled health and social care services, and additionally gives a strong focus on integrating the informal sector (third sector NGOs and informal carers) in the overall care network. WRC are leading the evaluation of the pilot trials in the five countries (Greece, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain and UK).

Telecare trials
WRC are currently or have recently provided consultancy support for the evaluation of a number of Irish telecare trials, including telecare for people with dementia and telecare to support independent living and informal carers.

Website assessment
WRC undertakes a range of assessments of websites on a commercial basis.  The largest of these is done for the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions.


Technological innovation - policy support & market analysis

ICT and Ageing: European study on Users, Markets and technologies
This recently completed study for the European Commission involved benchmarking and analysis of market developments in 16 countries across the EU as well as the US and Japan.

MeAC study: Monitoring progress of eAccessibility in Europe
This recently completed study for the European Commission involved a major benchmarking and analysis of eAccessibility policy and status in 27 countries 


Disability, ageing and caring

ICT accessibility for people with disabilities: the economic and business case
This recently completed study for NCBI provided the first detailed analysis of the business case for eAccessibility in Ireland.  

Employer supports for working carers
This current study for the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions focuses on employer-level supports for workers who are trying to reconcile working with informal care for older people, adults or children who need care because of old age, disability or long-term illness.


Workplace health-related projects

Work Adapted for all - Move Europe
The 9th Initiative of the ENWHP is increasing public awareness about the importance of retaining and encouraging return to work of chronically ill employees. This project aims to promote healthy and suitable work for people suffering the consequences of a chronic illness - either through enabling job retention or by supporting their return to work (RTW). The project works towards introducing effective workplace health practices, by creating a favourable culture and by providing guidance and a number of tools to employers, to help make a difference for employees with a chronic illness.    More on this project ...

Mental Health Promotion at Work
This current ENWHP project is developing a typology of mental health promotion initiatives at work as well as identifying models of good practice in the area.  It will report on these case studies in mid 2010.

Promenpol – Promoting Mental Health Policy
This DG research project is developing information resources and building toolkits in relation to the promotion of mental health in educational, workplace and residential homes for older people.  The project aims to act as a link between policy making and practice in the area of mental health promotion, providing useful information to policy makers on what works, while supporting practitioners to improve their practice.  The project has developed a database of more than 400 mental health promotion tools, a toolkit for each of the settings and is supporting the implementation of more than 50 field trials of mental health promotion throughout Europe.

Integrated Workplace Health Age Management
This Belgian led Leonardo project is developing training on how to deal with older workers in terms of integrated health management approaches.  The target group for the training is human resource managers, but it is also useful for any workplace actor involved in managing older workers.  The training is available both in face-to-face course (blended learning) and as an e-learning package. 

ELWHP
This Leonardo project is developing a training programme in Workplace Health Promotion for Occupational Health Physicians in Romania. The programme has been specifically designed to meet the needs of the target group and includes modules on both workplace health promotion and specialist subjects in occupational health.  The training programme is largely designed as a face to face training course bit it also includes e-learning elements.

Reintegrate
This Leonardo project is developing face to face and e-learning training courses for managers who have responsibility for ensuring return to work of people who are (longer term) absent from work due to illness or injury.  The project is based on a disability management approach to the issue, and provides a comprehensive approach both to establishing an effective return to work system and to what needs to be done when an employee goes absent.  The website for the project also provides assessment tools to measure individual and organisational training needs.

Move Europe
This ENWHP project, funded by DG-Sanco, has developed a campaign for promoting workplace health promotion across Europe.  It focuses on 4 areas – smoking prevention, stress prevention, physical activity and diet.  It has identified company practices which can act as models of good practice across all Member States in each of these areas.  These models of good practice will be presented at a conference in Perugia in April 2009.

European Risk Observatory
The Work Research Centre acts as the Irish correspondent for the European Risk Observatory.  This is an initiative of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work which seeks to identify new and emerging threats to employee health.  It does so by writing reports based on available national and EU level data on specific issues.


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