A wee beacon of compassion, expertise, and tireless dedication

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 and explorations also tool me to the wilds of Scotland.

The first exploration was managed clinical networks, then long term care collaboratives and I began to notice a common name popping up – Dr Anne Hendry. When I started to look into older persons Integrated care – there she was again.

I am sure all of you know Anne but just to refresh your memories, Anne, is a geriatrician and stroke physician and has extensive experience of improving integrated health and social care for adults with long term conditions in Scotland. From 2007 to 2016 she held national clinical lead roles in Scotland for policy and improvement programmes on Long Term Conditions; Healthcare Quality; Reshaping Care for Older People; and Integrated health and social care. This experience developed her passion for cross sector collaboration and skills in implementing and evaluating transformational change in diverse health and care systems.

Anne chaired the organising committee for ICIC15 in Edinburgh and in 2016 became a Senior Associate of IFIC. In 2017 she established an International Centre for Integrated Care, hosted by the University of the West of Scotland, as the home of IFICs collaborating centre in Scotland.

Anne has been an ambassador for the adoption and spread of innovation and good practice on population based, people centred and integrated care.

She has supported many regional, national and international knowledge exchange, leadership development and policy and practice initiatives including the European Joint Action on Frailty.

Anne is honorary professor at the University of the West of Scotland, holds honorary appointments with the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh’s Global Health Academy, and is a Board member of the ALLIANCE Health and Social Care Academy that uses the lens of lived experience to focus on the relational and human aspects of change. Anne also contributed to WHO forum on log term care.

She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Integrated Care. Anne is also a trustee director of Kilbryde Hospice.

She served as Honorary Secretary of the BGS one of the BGS’s most senior roles.

Anne chaired the organising committee for ICIC15 in Edinburgh and in 2016 became a Senior Associate of IFIC. In 2017 she established an International Centre for Integrated Care, hosted by the University of the West of Scotland, as the home of IFICs collaborating centre in Scotland.

Anne has been an ambassador for the adoption and spread of innovation and good practice on population based, people centred and integrated care.

She has supported many regional, national and international knowledge exchange, leadership development and policy and practice initiatives including the European Joint Action on Frailty.

As a Consultant Geriatrician, healthcare professional, and convenor of alliances, Annes commitment to excellence has been unwavering. Her clinical and change acumen and innovative approaches have not only transformed individual lives but have also paved the way for advancements in integrated care. With a steadfast focus on older persons care, she has championed holistic approaches that prioritize not just treating ailments but fostering dignity, independence, and quality of life for people.

Outside of heath and care, Anne is a family girl and is frequently on granny duty these days and its is always lovely to meet her charges on webinars and meetings!!

Anne has also been a teacher and mentor to many of us involved in integrated care. We have inspired by her wisdom, kindness, experience and dedication. She has nurtured the next wave of integrated care medical talent. Her guidance has not only shaped the careers of many but has also instilled in them the values of empathy, integrity, and resilience.

In a world often fraught with challenges, she stands as a shining example of the profound difference that one individual can make through passion, perseverance, and genuine care.

Professor Áine Carroll
Chair
International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC)