nka_logo_rgb_sv_taglineThe Swedish Family Care Competence Centre is commissioned by the National Board of Health and Welfare Sweden via the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs to carry out the following:
– create a national overview of the field of informal care
– explore and collect existing research and development in the area
– disseminate research results and examples of best practice
– support development work within municipalities, the health care sector, carer organisations and civil society organisations.

We enable dialogue to take place between people with different sources of knowledge and experiences, such as:
– the ‘first-hand’ personal experiences of carers themselves and their organisations
– the practical ‘know how’ of practitioners
– organisational and policy knowledge among decision makers
– scientific knowledge, theory and methods of researchers.

Knowledge transfer methods: a user-friendly website, newsletters, a database of best practices, a specialist online library, production of reviews of research and development results, conferences, information campaigns, education courses, seminars, workshops, Blended Learning Networks, collaborative projects, consultation.

The partners that comprise the centre are:
Kalmar Regional County Council
Carers Sweden (Anhörigas Riksförbund)
FoU Sjuhärad Välfärd R&D Centre
The Health Region in Kalmar County
Linnaeus University, Kalmar
The Regional Co-ordinators for Family Care Support, North of Sweden



Elizabeth HansonProfessor
Elizabeth Hanson is a Professor at the Linnaeus University, Department of Health and Caring Sciences, Sweden and Scientific Leader at Nationellt kompetenscentrum anhöriga. She is also Visiting Reader at the University of Sheffield. Elizabeth is currently Vice-President of the European NGO, Eurocarers, representing the research organisations. Elizabeth is a palliative care nurse with extensive experience of research and development work in the field of informal care, caring and carers. She has a longstanding interest in participatory ways of working to help improve the everyday quality of life and care of carers and people with chronic, long term conditions, disabilities and frailty as a result of advanced age. Elizabeth is interested in ways of enabling the voices of carers as next of kin and young carers to be heard in research, policy and practice arenas with the aim of developing responsive support services and systems for them and their families.
Eva Nordqvist
Eva is employed as a practitioner facilitator at the Swedish Family Care Competence Centre (Nationellt kompetenscentrum anhöriga- Nka), Linnaeus University. As well as being a social worker and child carer, Eva has many years of experience of working directly with children and young people and their families within children’s social services, schools and social care services. At Nka, Eva works with supporting national development work concerning children as next of kin. In particular, to raise the issue firstly within health care (Health Services Act 2010) but also within schools, social services and civil society organisations.
Christoffer Eliasson
Christoffer is a social worker with experience of working with unaccompanied minors, children with disabilities and also children as next of kin and their families within the social services. In addition, Christoffer also has experience of developing an app for enhancing children’s participation in the social services and as a consultant in the field of making rights based material for children. Apart from working with the Care2work/Erasmus project, Christoffer is currently the project leader for development work regarding children as next of kin within the health services in the county council of Skåne in the south-west of Sweden.