IFIC Integrated Care Academy grows its learning portfolio in 2023

IFIC Integrated Care Academy grows its learning portfolio in 2023

In 2023 the Integrated Care Academy welcomed its fifth and sixth cohorts of the Online Certificate in Integrated Care with over 150 participants representing 25 countries and 5 continents. Our programmes are unique as they welcome all people in partners in care. The breadth and spread of this global cohort is deeply impactful and important for other learners as not only can they understand what is happening in integrated care in different regions – they can also learn best practise and what needs to be developed in their own region. This course also creates deep connection and networking on an international basis. All of our faculty members are recognised for their expertise and commitment on Integrated Care whom the participants have direct access to in 90-minute live sessions or small group tutorials. The direct access to these global voices in integrated care is highly valued by the course participants. Our programmes follow the 9 pillars of integrated care, alongside access to IFIC’s wealth of content featuring pre-recorded material, webinars, literature and international case studies to underpin the learning.

The Integrated Care Academy held its third and fourth Special Purpose Award, Post Graduate Certificate in the Principles of Integrated Care with Munster Technological University in Ireland. The Principles of Integrated Care is a 15 credit, level 9 Special Purpose Award involving a single module delivered online over one semester (12 weeks). The programme is a collaborative development between Munster Technological University (MTU) and the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC). The aim of the programme is to critically explore the key pillars of integrated care (principles) in order to engage with the concept from an individual, community, organisational and international perspective. The programme is designed for an Irish context and to be inclusive of a cross sectoral mix of 70+ professionals working in public and NGO services that interact with people who have longitudinal and complex care needs in Ireland. The course is designed for Irish Health and Care practitioners and welcomed 60+ students through its doors in 2022. This unique and specialist programme which reflects contemporary health and social care policy nationally and internationally which is a key strength and unique position.

IFIC Ireland and the Integrated Care Academy hosted a Study Tour as part of the 23rd International Conference on Integrated Care on 25/26 May in Ghent, Belgium for Irish attendees. The study tour was facilitated by Dr Jan De Maeseneer and An VandeWalle with presentations from Katrien van Leirberghe a health promotor, Dr Lowie de Loose a GP, Charlotte Bruns, a physiotherapist, and Elien de Coninck an advanced nurse practitioner along with some other speakers from the different Community health centres. The study tour facilitated the visiting of three different community health centres (CHC) in Ghent, Belgium.

The Integrated Care Academy team have also relaunched  International Summer School on Integrated Care, including the International Summer School on Integrated Care Evaluation. These small, face-to-face programmes are developed for those who are involved in designing, implementing, leading and/or managing integrated care approaches and want to learn more about the initiatives, new practices, and evidence on Integrated Care across the globe. The weeklong Summer School ran from Monday 26th to Friday 30th of June, followed by the 3-day International Summer School on Integrated Care Evaluation (ISSIC23-E), from the 3rd to the 5th of July. This was an introductory course on how to design and conduct an evaluation of integrated care policies and programmes. Both Schools gathered global leaders and managers in Integrated Care for an enriching experience spanning a week and a half of face-to-face interactions and knowledge exchange.

Taking both schools together, 16 participants and 10 lecturers from 12 different health systems who came together to explore the concept of Integrated Care. The diversity of backgrounds enriched discussions, offering unique insights into healthcare systems worldwide. The programme combined workshops around specific themes with group work in which they had to design an implementation and evaluation plan.

In September, IFIC Ireland and the Integrated Care Academy hosted an Accelerated Learning Programme for HSE teams in Waterford. This blended learning format included 5 evening lectures covering the 9 Pillars of Integrated Care, followed by two full day in person sessions taking place in Waterford on 27 and 28 September.  The in-person sessions were led by Professor Áine Carroll from IFIC Ireland and Dr Anne Hendry from IFIC Scotland and included a site visit to the WICOP centre where attendees received a tour of the facilities, presentations from the WICOP staff and a chance to see the SIM suite in action.

In conjunction with IFIC Australia, the Integrated Care Academy team ran the successful Integrated Care School in Australia for 25 participants over 2 days on 10/11 November. The course was organised in advance of the 3rd Asia Pacific Conference on Integrated Care (APIC3) and was developed for those involved in the design, implementation, management and evaluation of integrated care approaches and who want to learn more about leading initiatives, new models of care and evidence-based practice. The course was taught by leading academics, policy makers and practitioners including IFIC’s international team of experts with a combination of lectures, facilitated discussions, a site visit to ATUNE Health Centre in Cardiff, and practical exercises.