Miriam Galvin

IFIC Seeking Digital Marketing and Events Officer

By Miriam Galvin / 22-07-21
IFIC is seeking a Digital Marketing and Events Officer who will be responsible for supporting the administration of our conferences and for creating and curating high-quality and timely content for IFIC’s social media and traditional communication channels with a view to promote and support activities of the Foundation. Working collaboratively with colleagues across the organisation… Read More

Reform for people – a joint vision for integrating care

By Miriam Galvin / 15-07-21
Many of us will be watching closely as the NHS Bill begins its journey through Parliament and will be seeking to ensure that it meets the needs of the people we support. However, while the Bill represents an exciting opportunity, previous NHS reforms have taught us that legislation alone is not enough to improve people’s health and lives. For… Read More

More than 40 companies express interest in participating in the design of a telerehabilitation system for remote areas in Europe

By Miriam Galvin / 12-07-21
Project ROSIA’s procurement will be channelled through a Pre-Commercial Instrument (PCP) and will invest € 9 million ROSIA will enable, from 12 July to 3 September, an online tool to help organisations find potential partnerships in meeting the tender Zaragoza, 7 July, 2021.- A total of 42 companies have expressed interest in participating in the… Read More

IFIC are looking for a Senior Researcher

By Miriam Galvin / 08-07-21
IFIC is about to launch its new 5-year strategy as a movement for change committed to collaboration as a fundamental way of working. We are a small team that punches above its weight in influencing policy and practice in integrated care in Europe and increasingly elsewhere. We are looking for a senior researcher and evaluator… Read More

HSO introduces world’s first co-designed, evidence-based standard on integrated people-centred care

By Miriam Galvin / 01-07-21
On behalf of Health Standards Organization (HSO) and our Integrated Health Technical Committee, I am pleased to introduce the world’s first co-designed, evidence-based standard on integrated people-centred care. The evidence is clear: risk of adverse events are highest during care transitions and people with multiple health and social care needs frequently fall between the cracks… Read More

Community Hospitals: Embedding Covid-19 positive impact changes through shared learning

By Miriam Galvin / 29-06-21
Community Hospitals (CH) made important contributions during the Covid-19 response, demonstrating flexibility, resilience and innovation. CH are local hospitals, often rural, with around 500 throughout the UK. The Community Hospitals Association (CHA) wanted to share this learning and was successful in accessing funding for this project. The project aims to describe, support and promote innovation… Read More

European standard for patient participation in person-centred care

By Miriam Galvin / 24-06-21

A four-year long consensus-driven process has resulted in the first ever European standard on patient participation in person-centred care. The standard can facilitate the introduction of, work with and research on person-centred care. Axel Wolf, Chair of the European committee for the standard, explains more in this video blog.

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INCAREHEART announces an Open Market Consultation: integrated care solutions for chronic heart failure

By Miriam Galvin / 12-05-21
The INCAREHEART buyers’ group from five countries Sweden, Italy, Greece, Portugal, and Turkey, invites potentially interested bidders to participate in the open market consultation (OMC) events starting in June 2021 in preparation of an upcoming pre-commercial procurement. Chronic Heart Failure (CHF): a challenge for healthcare systems Heart failure is a complex condition, covering a whole… Read More

The Future’s Bright, The Future’s Integrated

By Miriam Galvin / 27-04-21
As I reflect on my tenure as chair of the Chief Officer Group, Health and Social Care Scotland (HSCS), I’m reminded of the prophetic final words in my previous Chair’s Report, ‘2020 will be perhaps the most challenging year in our integrated landscape. Marshaled well, it will capture the best of us and help create… Read More

VIDEO: Dr Niamh Lennox-Chhugani discusses her recent publication

By Miriam Galvin / 22-04-21

Dr Niamh Lennox-Chhugani chats with Orla Snook O’Carroll about her recent publication “Legislating for integrated care in the UK: Lessons from abroad.”

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ICIC20 Virtual Wins IAPCO Client Award

By Miriam Galvin / 21-04-21

The International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) was recently nominated by our Conference Partners Abbey for the International Association of Professional Conference Organizers (IAPCO) Client Award which we won for our ICIC20 Virtual Conference.

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EHMA 2021 Call for Abstracts

By Miriam Galvin / 21-04-21

EHMA is pleased to launch the EHMA 2021 Call for Abstracts and invites all interested stakeholders to submit their cutting-edge research on health management.

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International Leadership In The Design Of Personalised Integrated Care Pathways For Older Adults

By Miriam Galvin / 14-04-21
IFIC has led the redesign of a multi-layer care pathway for older adults in Europe in the framework of the PROCare4Life project. Specific to this project, "the purpose of the care pathway planning is to produce a written document that records needs, identifies actions to be taken, and resources that need to be put in place… Read More

Call for Proposals: Changemakers Forum for ICC

By Miriam Galvin / 12-04-21
Join the Changemakers Forum for Integrated Community Care TransForm, the Transnational Forum on Integrated Community Care, seeks to identify and value socially innovative initiatives from across Europe and Canada that support the capacity of local communities to deal with public health issues and the care needs of people throughout their lifetime. By creating and supporting… Read More

Inaugural ERPIC Journal Club

By Miriam Galvin / 24-03-21

Inaugural ERPIC Journal Club

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iSIMPATHY: Making Medication Personal

By Miriam Galvin / 16-03-21
The average person aged over 70-years lives with at least three long term conditions and is likely to take multiple medications. Our outlook on life can change as we get older. Older people often express what matters most to them in terms of relationships and autonomy. How might what’s important to them impact on the… Read More

44TH WORLD HOSPITAL CONGRESS CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

By Miriam Galvin / 12-03-21
The World Hospital Congress of the International Hospital Federation (IHF) is a unique global forum that brings together leaders, executives and decision-makers  of hospitals, health services, and healthcare organizations to discuss key drivers of national and international policy, management, financial trends and solutions. Through this forum multidisciplinary exchange of knowledge, expertise and experiences are facilitated, together with dialogue… Read More

IFIC appoints new Chief Executive

By Miriam Galvin / 04-03-21

The International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Niamh Lennox-Chhugani as Chief Executive Officer with effect from 22 March 2021.

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Frailty Matters

By Miriam Galvin / 25-02-21
IFIC Scotland’s end of year blog mentioned our ‘Frailty Matters’ project, funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing. I am pleased to share some more detail about this innovative collaboration between the ALLIANCE, NHS Ayrshire & Arran, the University of the West of Scotland (UWS), IFIC Scotland and the Queens Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS). Frailty… Read More

Reflections in a Time of Crisis: What it Takes to Manage and Lead Integrated Systems of Care

By Miriam Galvin / 23-02-21
For the past few years, we have been exploring the essence of management and leadership for integrated care, bringing together our respective research and substantive professional experience. We have led workshops, presentations and informal meetings including at the 2019 and 2020 International Conferences on Integrated Care. The interest and enthusiasm of the participants has caused… Read More

ERPIC Mentorship Program Round II 2021

By Miriam Galvin / 03-02-21
ERPIC Mentorship Program Round II 2021   Call for Mentees  We are launching the ERPIC Mentorship Program Round II in March 2021! In 2019-2020, we launched our inaugural ERPIC Mentorship Program where some of you were matched to senior researchers and professionals in the field of integrated care for 10 months of mentorship. Given the positive… Read More

Advancing integrated care evaluation in shifting contexts

By Miriam Galvin / 20-01-21

Despite many studies evaluating the effectiveness of integrated care, evidence remains inconsistent. Increasingly, commentary on the subject of integrated care evaluation is pointing out the mismatch between the ability to capture the impact of integrated care initiatives and programmes, and the selection of the most appropriate methodology to do this.

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Celebrating Learning and an Inspiring Community of Practice

By Miriam Galvin / 11-01-21
On the 12th November ten students from the MSc Leading People-centred Integrated Care at the University of the West of Scotland joined me in a conversation with IFIC Scotland’s Reference Network.  The virtual session was organised to allow the students to share their experiences of participating in the Masters programme, now in its 3rd year.… Read More

VIDEO: Integrated people-centred health services (IPCHS) in Ireland: lessons learnt

By Miriam Galvin / 01-12-20

The following presentation of Prof. Áine Carroll, IFIC Ireland co-director and IFIC Board member, describes current lessons learnt in the design and delivering of integrated people-centred health services in Ireland.

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Congratulations to IFIC Scotland partners in the Scholl Academic Centre

By Miriam Galvin / 25-11-20
“Congratulations to IFIC Scoland partners in the Scholl Academic Centre for launching the final report of a comprehensive Needs Assessment for the Isle of Man Plan for Integrated Palliative and end of life care” On Monday 23rd November 2020 Hospice Isle of Man was delighted that Minister for Health and Social Care, David Ashford formally… Read More

Webinar EIT Health Healthy Loneliness & Manifesto

By Miriam Galvin / 19-11-20

As Europe’s population ages, and societal changes lead to greater isolation for older citizens, loneliness is responsible for a decrease in quality of life for a large part of European society.

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Disability Rights during the Pandemic

By Miriam Galvin / 27-10-20

This report wants to raise the alarm about the Covid-19 pandemic and how it affects people with disabilities, including people with intellectual disabilities. The report talks about the results of the Covid-19 Disability Rights Monitor.

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Review of the Health Care Home Model – a look inside a leading New Zealand example of integrated care

By Miriam Galvin / 19-10-20

The Health Care Home (HCH) mode was, first implemented in New Zealand in 2011. It was inspired by the Seattle-based Group Health model and adapted for the publicly funded and general practice gatekeeper role in New Zealand. Capital and Coast District Health Board commissioned IFIC to undertake an evaluation of the CCDHB region’s implementation of the Health Care Home model over the July-August 2020 period.

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Value-based care: why it matters so much now

By Miriam Galvin / 08-10-20

The twin challenges of last summer’s bushfires, swiftly followed by the COVID-19 pandemic, have exposed critical bottlenecks and vulnerabilities in the Australian health system

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Continuity and coordination of care at the heart of integrated people-centred health services (IPCHS)

By Miriam Galvin / 28-09-20
There are many descriptions of integrated care. I particularly relate to one framed by National Voices: ‘’My care is planned with people who work together to understand me and my carer(s), put me in control, coordinate and deliver services to achieve my best outcomes.”  It speaks of a collaborative approach to achieve what really matters to… Read More

Deafness and Dementia

By Miriam Galvin / 28-09-20
Deafness and Dementia a review by Anne Hendry Communication matters. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, communication has been of critical importance at all levels, from policy to public health messaging and in practice. Now more than ever we must provide clear information and advice and listen carefully to what really matters to people. With the introduction… Read More

Dr. Edelweiss Aldasoro discusses health inequalities in light of Covid-19

By Miriam Galvin / 10-08-20

Can we function as one system, identify with the shared values and vision, and believe that everybody can be a partner in the care of each other when many societies structurally impoverish, marginalise, deprive, neglect or abandon some of their communities? The pandemic has highlighted that some communities and groups are systematically neglected and unprotected.

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Is integrated mental health care hard to achieve?

By Miriam Galvin / 04-08-20

First, what is integrated mental health care- it is a mental health care system that should encompass clear and seamless care pathways that match the intensity and type of care with the severity and complexity of the illness that people experience over time. For most people living with mental illness in Australia these care pathways are often difficult to find and often unaffordable.
Improving mental health care services has been a focus of the Bupa Health Foundation since its beginnings some 15 years ago.

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Australian contributions a factor in boosting IJIC’s impact rating

By Miriam Galvin / 30-07-20

In June 2020, the International Journal of Integrated Care celebrated a further growth in its impact factor rating to 2.753 – it’s highest rating to date. This reflects a growing level of citations for the Journal that have risen from 341 in 2012 to 1,245 in 2019.

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Webinar: Integrated care in Latin America and the Caribbean beyond COVID-19

By Miriam Galvin / 28-07-20

The challenges posed by COVID-19 present an opportunity to rethink fragmented health and dependency care systems so that they are integrated, driven by individuals and communities, and resilient to future systemic crises.

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Realising the Value of Integrated Care in Australia: Beyond COVID19

By Miriam Galvin / 27-07-20

Integrated care systems and communities provide greater resilience in adapting and coping with such urgent and complex problems. The COVID 19 pandemic may prove to be a catalyst in rethinking how health and care systems work in ways that better protect the vulnerable and are better prepared to cope with emerging systemic shocks.

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ICIC20 Video – Voices of Lived Experience

By Miriam Galvin / 17-07-20

As part of the 20th International Conference on Integrated Care, taking place online in September, IFIC is creating a short sound-byte video, documenting people’s lives throughout the months of COVID.

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Cost and effects of integrated care

By Miriam Galvin / 07-07-20

Governments across high-income countries are challenged to contain the relentless increase in health expenditure, which is partly driven by ageing populations and an associated increase in the prevalence of chronic disease.

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IJIC: Improved Impact Factor for 2019

By Miriam Galvin / 07-07-20

The Journal Impact Factors for 2019 have been released and IJIC’s have once again increased, to 2.753.
In 2012, our rating was 1.299, so our impact factor has more than doubled in these 7 years. This reflects our citations increasing from 341 in 2012 to 1,245 in 2019.

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ValueCare: Cork/Kerry Pilot site

By Miriam Galvin / 02-07-20

In Ireland, the ValueCare project focuses on co-designing a digital solution to help older people (≥75) experiencing mild to moderate frailty to live independently in their homes

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