Miriam Galvin

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


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

European standard for patient participation in person-centred care

By Miriam Galvin / June 24, 2021

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 / May 12, 2021
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 / April 27, 2021
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 / April 22, 2021

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 / April 21, 2021

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 / April 21, 2021

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 / April 14, 2021
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 / April 12, 2021
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 / March 24, 2021

Inaugural ERPIC Journal Club

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iSIMPATHY: Making Medication Personal

By Miriam Galvin / March 16, 2021
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


By Miriam Galvin / March 12, 2021
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 / March 4, 2021

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 / February 25, 2021
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 / February 23, 2021
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 / February 3, 2021
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 / January 20, 2021

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 / January 11, 2021
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 / December 1, 2020

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 / November 25, 2020
“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 / November 19, 2020

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 / October 27, 2020

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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