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Project

Preparing health and social care workers to work with socially assistive artificially intelligent robots in health and social care environments

Erasmus + VET Strategic Partnerships

Project ID: 2020-1-UK01-KA202-078802

The transnational nature of this project will inspire and enable the partners to work together to address an important issue of global dimension and to ensure high quality outputs that will benefit countries across Europe. All partners in this project have identified the need for the urgent training of the workforce in Artificial intelligence (AI) and social robotics.

Healthcare providers across Europe and beyond are called to embrace smart technologies and the use of Artificial intelligence (AI) and social robotics in order to adapt to the current challenges of an ageing population and workforce shortages. In order to harness the power that AI has to offer, difficult medical and nursing challenges need to be addressed as well as societal barriers towards the adoption of such technologies in health and social care. Research also suggests that cultural change and addressing the reluctance and scepticism by the care workforce regarding the ability of AI and robotics to assist them in their role rather than being a threat to their jobs, needs to be recognised as a priority. The literature reviews we conducted and published during 2018-19 (Papadopoulos, Koulouglioti, Ali, Lazzarino), indicated the current global absence of any professional learning and training programmes in health and social care that offer care workers and students the opportunity to explore and integrate awareness of the technologies that are, or may soon be deployed in care settings.

The healthcare workforce needs to be trained, learn new skills and achieve new competencies. In 2019 we also conducted a number of in-depth interviews with individuals working in social care who have had some exposure to AI humanoid robot in their working environment in the UK; early indications have revealed some suggestions for staff training.

Key outputs

IENE 1, 2008-2010

  • Research report EN
  • PTT/IENE Model EN
  • Report of the survey EN
  • Good Practice Manual EN
  • Newsletter  1  2  3  4  5  6

IENE 2, 2010-2012

  • Transnational Report  EN
  • ToT methodology  EN  RO  FR  NL
  • Strategic Guide  EN
  • Newsletter  1  2  3  4
  • Final conference  EN
  • Brochure with project results  EN

IENE 3, 2013-2015

IENE 4, 2014-2016

  • Report on integrative literature reviews EN
  • Needs assessment report EN
  • An European model for the development of role models to promote and support culturally competent and compassionate care EN
  • Curriculum EN
  • Report of the Tools EN
  • Newsletter  1  2  3  4

IENE 5, 2015-2017

  • Needs assessment Report EN
  • Training Model EN RO IT EL DK
  • Curriculum EN
  • Handbook for MOOC facilitators EN
  • MOOC Best Practice Guide EN
  • Newsletter  1  2  3  4
  • Leaflet EN
  • Flyer EN

IENE 6, 2016-2018

IENE 7, 2017-2019

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