University College Lillebælt and the consultancy firm Public Intelligence ran a pilot project, which included students from three welfare technology educations.
May 2015 provided the timeframe for the pilot project where students from three different educations moved around in the “Intersection” at Public Intelligence’s offices. The students are from the nursing institute, occupational therapist and physiotherapy educations and the “Intersection” is an experiment environment that houses a number of different health and welfare technologies. The target audience for Public Intelligence and their “Intersection” environment is usually the municipality front personnel who works with rehabilitation, with the citizens. Together, University College Lillebælt (UCL) and Public Intelligence have dives in and tests the potential for the new target audience.
Welfare technologies and dementia
For the second half of this year, Public Intelligence has chosen dementia as the theme for their work with welfare technologies. The work is carried out in their large office space in Odense. The students are working with five different cases that describe five fictitious citizens who are all facing different challenges connected to their dementia. The “Intersection” is setting the framework for the students to work on matching the challenges with suitable technologies. It is no easy task because the use of any new technology opens the discussion of whether the use of it can be justified by an increase in efficiency, increase in self-dependency, reduction/ elimination of needs or work environment improvement.
Collaboration across professions and experience through practice-related situations
The pilot project intends, among other purposes, to test the students value-gain, from the practical approach and learning that comes from working with technologies, and in the future to connect courses like this to the ordinary educations. Furthermore, the cross professional element is a central and elementary part of the pilot project. when these three professions meet together to discuss, how they each think about using technologies with the citizens, they get insight into why it is important that the physiotherapist does not train too hard with the citizen, so that the citizen has some energy left when the nurses visit to attend a wound.
University College Lillebaelt and Public Intelligence are pleased about the feedback from the participants in the ”Intersection” because they were very positive. The students view the experience with new technologies as relevant to both their profession and their future carriers. When the pilot project finishes, University College Lillebaelt and Public Intelligence will evaluate on the form and future courses.