Who We Are
The Institute for Continuing Care Education and Research (ICCER) is a collaborative endeavour between the University of Alberta, NorQuest College, Keyano College, Bow Valley College, CapitalCare, Alberta Health Services, Excel Society, Bethany Care Society, and Carewest. ICCER will provide an ideal environment to create synergies, resulting in leading edge research and evidence, and allowing for innovation and the implementation of best practices.
The Institute will enhance the quality of life for those served in the continuing care system by creating a continuum of learning and research, and by ensuring excellence in education for students.
ICCER will be a partnership of practitioners, researchers, educators and learners collaborating to provide the best care and quality of life for those served by the continuing care system.
Foster innovation in education and training of care providers
The partnership of providers, educators, and researchers will create synergistic opportunities to enhance the education of continuing care providers and to better prepare them for practice.
Strengthen the effectiveness of the clinical practicum experience in the continuing care environment
The Institute will offer excellent opportunities to foster a multi-disciplinary approach to continuing care.
Stimulate and support research and its application in continuing care
Research is the key to gathering the evidence necessary to implement best practices. The knowledge created through the Institute's research activities will ensure that care is delivered innovatively and in the safest and most appropriate manner. Building on the strong research commitment of the entities, the Institute will maintain or expand the leadership position they currently enjoy in Alberta, Canada and beyond.
Share and exchange knowledge and expertise with the community
Continuing care traditionally has a strong bond with the community it serves. Individually, the entities also have excellent connections with and support in the community. The Institute will provide excellent opportunities for the entities to exchange knowledge and expertise with those it serves. The flow of knowledge and expertise preferably works in both directions, and a number of venues will be explored to facilitate it, such as conferences, publications, media involvement etc.
Promote continuing care as a career of choice
Attracting health professionals and other workers to the field of continuing care is an ongoing challenge. Continuing care does not enjoy a high profile amongst the health disciplines and staff shortages are exacerbated in today's highly competitive Alberta labour market. The Institute will be well positioned to address these challenges. It will offer a continuum of education, research and service provision, as well as many opportunities of interdisciplinary activities that should generate increased interest in continuing care as a career of choice.