Miriam Galvin

Portugal is now an integrated living Lab! Join us for ICIC25 in Lisbon 14-16 May 2025

By Miriam Galvin / May 16, 2024
Portugal is now an integrated living Lab! Join us for ICIC25 in Lisbon 14-16 May 2025 As we conclude the enriching sessions of ICIC24, I stand before you filled with gratitude and excitement. Gratitude for the insightful discussions and shared learnings, and excitement for the promising path ahead in advancing integrated care. I am thrilled… Read More

Empowering Emerging Researchers and Practitioners in Integrated Care: A Recap and reflections on ERPIC activities at ICIC24

By Miriam Galvin / May 16, 2024
Empowering Emerging Researchers and Practitioners in Integrated Care: A Recap and reflections on ERPIC activities at ICIC24 Reflecting on the 24th International Conference on Integrated Care in Belfast, we are inspired by the wealth of knowledge shared and the meaningful connections made. The conference, as always, was a great experience and provided a platform for… Read More

Remembering that people are the experts in their own lives

By Miriam Galvin / May 16, 2024
Remembering that people are the experts in their own lives Agewell (Mid and East Antrim Agewell Partnership) has had a long association with the International Foundation of Integrated Care, presenting online, taking part in webinars and attending the All-Ireland Conference last year. Our small charity organisation has always benefited from the knowledge and encouragement by… Read More

The importance of a joined-up response to homelessness across hospital, primary care, and community services

By Miriam Galvin / May 16, 2024
The importance of a joined-up response to homelessness across hospital, primary care, and community services As the CANCERLESS project concludes its three-year initiative focusing on cancer prevention for people experiencing homelessness, we reflect on the lessons learned and the insights gained from our journey. Under the overarching theme of integrated care, the session hosted by… Read More

A wee beacon of compassion, expertise, and tireless dedication

By Miriam Galvin / May 15, 2024
A wee beacon of compassion, expertise, and tireless dedication In the heart of Scotland's healthcare landscape, there shines a wee beacon of compassion, expertise, and tireless dedication. As I started my integrated care journey, I spent quite a bit of time travelling to London to the likes of the Kings fund etc, but my travels… Read More

The voices of those who have been silenced or ignored must be heard

By Miriam Galvin / May 15, 2024
The voices of those who have been silenced or ignored must be heard Reflecting on the joyful festival that is the 24th International Conference on Integrated Care, I find myself moved and motivated by the call to action that echoed through the halls. Amplifying Silenced Voices: At the core of integrated care lies a fundamental… Read More

Winning hearts and minds! The time is now for recognizing the central role of carers in delivering Integrated Care

By Miriam Galvin / May 15, 2024
Winning hearts and minds! The time is now for recognizing the central role of carers in delivering Integrated Care Family carers[1] care for loved ones including children and adults with additional needs, physical or intellectual disabilities, frail older people, those with palliative care needs or those living with chronic illnesses, mental health challenges or addiction. They… Read More

An enriching experience that left the IFIC Canada team invigorated and inspired

By Miriam Galvin / May 15, 2024
An enriching experience that left the IFIC Canada team invigorated and inspired The International Conference on Integrated Care (ICIC) in sunny Belfast was an enriching experience that left the IFIC Canada team invigorated and inspired. ICIC24 showed some important advancement in both the research and practice of integrated care globally. A Global Network The connections… Read More

Reflecting on our lives and future careers through a different lens

By Miriam Galvin / May 14, 2024
Experience from the 24th International Conference on Integrated Care Before attending the International Conference on Integrated Care (ICIC24), we thought of health care providers as independent healers. However, following an 8-hour flight from Canada to Ireland, our perspectives changed for the better. Our names are Justin and Olivia, and we both recently finished our undergraduate… Read More

Actioning person centred care – A new Special Interest Group advancing a global agenda to improve experience

By Miriam Galvin / May 14, 2024
Actioning person centred care – A new Special Interest Group advancing a global agenda to improve experience Person centred care – holistic care that treats a health or social service user with dignity and sees them as a full person with individual desires, preferences, and values – is often heralded as the way to improve… Read More

An interstellar journey to integrated care

By Miriam Galvin / May 14, 2024
An interstellar journey to integrated care On the 20th April 2024, just two days before the ICIC24 conference kicked off, NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft returned data to Earth for the first time in five months[1]. Voyager 1 and its twin spacecraft Voyager 2 have been on an interstellar journey for more than 40 years. However,… Read More

Belonging, trust and relationship-building – key takeaways words from ICIC24

By Miriam Galvin / May 14, 2024
Belonging, trust and relationship-building – key takeaways words from ICIC24 Attending the international conference was such a positive personal and professional experience.  This was my first time speaking at an international conference in my home city. It made me reflect on my past experiences and cultural norms and grateful for how far the peace process… Read More

IFIC Scotland supporting multiple Special Interest Groups at ICIC24

By Miriam Galvin / May 13, 2024
IFIC Scotland supporting multiple Special Interest Groups at ICIC24 IFIC Scotland’s Marie Curran and I were delighted to organise four joint workshops with IFICs SIGs on ageing & frailty, intermediate care and polypharmacy and adherence. The first was an excellent interactive session organised with Albert Alonso and the Laurel consortium – a new EU HORIZON-funded… Read More

People are the most important factor in advancing digital solutions for health and care

By Miriam Galvin / May 13, 2024
People are the most important factor in advancing digital solutions for health and care It has been such an intense experience during ICIC24 in Belfast, to try to catch up with all of the amazing presentations linked to the digital integrated care pillar, that I really like! So many ideas, so many initiatives being implemented… Read More

Professional development in integrated care: Task and Finish Group at ICIC24

By Miriam Galvin / May 8, 2024
Professional development in integrated care: Task and Finish Group at ICIC24 The International Foundation for Integrated Care’s (IFIC) Integrated Care Academy has developed several continuing professional development (CPD) and other education and training programmes over the years. It has delivered these as stand-alone and in collaboration with partners. It has also promoted the work of… Read More

What next for Integrated Care? A reflection on ICIC24

By Miriam Galvin / May 8, 2024
What next for Integrated Care? A reflection on ICIC24 Having had now a week or so to reflect on an intense and creative 3 days in Belfast, I find myself asking “what next?” The theme of the conference was “taking the leap – making integrated care a reality for people and communities”. We set out… Read More

IFIC Australia – Building on the Momentum of 2023

By Miriam Galvin / January 18, 2024

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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I still recall our last summer

By Miriam Galvin / October 11, 2023

June 2023 was the date for the comeback of the face-to-face International Summer Schools on Integrated Care (ISSIC23 and ISSIC23_E). In the past years, considering the challenges of meeting face-to-face and with the intention of providing access to Integrated Care training worldwide, the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) has focused on strengthening its virtual learning opportunities.

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Compassionate Inverclyde launch report – Realising the Value of Kindness

By Miriam Galvin / September 12, 2023

We are pleased to share our third report on Compassionate Inverclyde, a multi-award-winning social movement established as the first Compassionate Community in Scotland

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Introduction to Greg Stewart – IFIC Australia Chair

By Miriam Galvin / August 22, 2023

IFIC Ireland, in partnership with the Health Service Executive Ireland, is collecting and mapping documented implementations of integrated health and care across the island of Ireland

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Integrated Care Initiatives Publication Opportunity

By Miriam Galvin / August 8, 2023

IFIC Ireland, in partnership with the Health Service Executive Ireland, is collecting and mapping documented implementations of integrated health and care across the island of Ireland

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How far do you feel we have advanced in providing continuous and coordinated care?

By Miriam Galvin / May 11, 2023
How far do you feel we have advanced in providing continuous and coordinated care? This is the question that we are asking this year through our Annual IFIC Survey 2023, which has been running for a few weeks now. So, if you haven´t done it yet, please take part in the survey below and share… Read More

IFIC is delighted to announce the appointment of David John Harrison to the Board

By Miriam Galvin / March 2, 2023
David Harrison, Director and independent healthcare consultant has a public-sector management, economics and commercial background.  He is a qualified chartered accountant and MBA who has worked extensively in the public and private sectors. Since leaving the public sector in 2010, David has established a portfolio career, blending independent consultancy, interim senior management roles, non-executive directorships… Read More

The Waterloo Health and Wellbeing Peer Education Program

By Miriam Galvin / January 12, 2023

In 2021, Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) participated in the IFIC Autumn School. Over the week, a group comprising SLHD staff, NSW Department of Communities and Justice Housing staff, non-government agencies, social housing tenants and other community members were tasked with designing an integrated care intervention to better support the health and wellbeing needs of residents of the Waterloo social housing estate, in inner Sydney NSW, and improve communication between services and residents.

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Call for Associates at the International Foundation for Integrated Care

By Miriam Galvin / October 13, 2021

The Foundation has long relied on support from a small and hugely dedicated group of international experts in integrated care. Our Senior Associates support our education and research work as members of the Integrated Care Academy faculty and as subject matter experts for our Integrated Care Solutions projects

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NACIC2021 – A conference remembered for deep patient and care giver involvement

By Miriam Galvin / October 8, 2021

What a great week of learning we have experienced through #NACIC2021 the 1st North American Conference on Integrated Care. This conference will be remembered for the deep patient and care-giver involvement with 300 patient and care-giver attendees.

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IFIC publishes paper on Sláintecare to support the delivery of universal person-centred care in Ireland

By Miriam Galvin / October 6, 2021

The International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) has today launched a paper in response to the recent resignations of the two most senior members of the team implementing the Sláintecare reform programme in Ireland and the restructuring of the Sláintecare Implementation Advisory Council.

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Emerging Competencies for Leading and Managing Integrated Systems of Care in a post-COVID world: What’s next?

By Miriam Galvin / September 27, 2021

Earlier this year, we published our first blog “Reflections in a Time of Crisis: What it Takes to Manage and Lead Integrated Systems of Care”. In our second blog, we expand on the leadership lessons we are learning during the COVID-19 pandemic and consider how leadership and management are changing to shape the future of integrated care and, ultimately, population health.

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IFIC is seeking a Finance Manager

By Miriam Galvin / September 22, 2021

IFIC is seeking a Finance Manager that will work closely with the CEO to ensure we maintain robust financial controls, deliver on the current strategy and play a key role in supporting IFIC’s current efforts to diversify our income.

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New Care Models: How insurers can rise to the challenge of older and sicker societies

By Miriam Galvin / August 25, 2021

Health and social care systems globally are coming under more pressure to deliver high-quality and affordable care to increasingly ageing populations.

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FLASH DISCOUNT: Register for the EHMA 2021 Annual Conference

By Miriam Galvin / August 25, 2021

European Health Management Association (EHMA) is launching a Flash Discount for the EHMA 2021 Annual Conference starting from Monday 30 August.

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Share your views on RSV-associated burden and disruption to the healthcare system

By Miriam Galvin / August 17, 2021
European Health Management Association (EHMA) is currently working on the production of a White Paper providing evidence-based policy insights into the management and prevention of the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection in Europe. EHMA is reaching out to healthcare providers in Europe to survey their views on the RSV-associated burden and disruption to the healthcare… Read More

TransForm Seeking Programme Manager

By Miriam Galvin / July 30, 2021
TransForm is looking for a Programme Manager for a one-year position (renewable), preferably based in Brussels. About TransForm TransForm: TransForm, the Transnational Forum on Integrated Community Care, is a collaborative partnership of foundations from across Europe and Canada who share the vision of integrated, community-based care. TransForm is hosted by NEF (the Network of European… Read More

CareMatrix announces Open Market Consultation: integrated care solutions for People with Multimorbidity (PMM)

By Miriam Galvin / July 30, 2021
Currently no existing solutions adequately meet the needs of People with Multimorbidity. CareMatrix is a European H2020 Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) project for integrated care solutions designed to challenge the health market to develop innovative technology for People with Multimorbidity (PMM).PMM are aging populations who have two or more chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and… Read More

COME ON BOARD! STEP INTO ROSIA’s OPEN MARKET CONSULTATION

By Miriam Galvin / July 30, 2021
ROSIA (which stands for Remote RehabilitatiOn Service for Isolated Areas), will deliver a comprehensive service to patients in need of rehabilitation, enabled by cutting-edge technology, new care pathways and community support. ROSIA is ready to purchase the design of a technology-enabled all-in-one service, flexible enough to adapt to a large variety of European health-care systems, and which will allow the full development… Read More

Reform for people – a joint vision for integrating care

By Miriam Galvin / July 15, 2021
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 / July 12, 2021
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 / July 8, 2021
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 / July 1, 2021
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 / June 29, 2021
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