IFIC Scotland supporting multiple Special Interest Groups at ICIC24

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 project that aims to create actionable policies and training tools to support high-quality integrated long-term care across Europe. Sofia Santos Nunes, Age Platform Europe,  highlighted their Rethinking Care position paper  and toolkit to deliver impactful advocacy on long term care as a human right.​ Giulia Lanfredi from Eurocarers reminded us of the vital role of informal carers and the need to view them as equal partners. Delegates discussed their experience of challenges in access to long term care, particularly for disadvantaged groups; how we can tackle ageism and ableism as a society; and shared ideas to enhance workforce capacity including supporting informal carers to continue in their role.  For more information check out the project website at www.laurelproject.eu

We continued the theme of human rights in a joint workshop on Realising the Right to Rehabilitation with the ageing and frailty and intermediate care SIGs. Richard Meade, Director of Carers N Ireland, reflected on the physical health impact of caring and shared powerful quotes on the deterioration in health and independence experienced by carers awaiting rehabilitation for themselves or for the person they care for. Tom Sullivan, Public Affairs & Policy Manager Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) NI, spoke about the #Right to Rehab Campaign led by the Community Rehabilitation Alliance of health charities and professional bodies from across the UK. We were delighted to have ten of these organisations with us in the workshop. Tom highlighted the Community Rehabilitation Best Practice Standards and related policy developments across the UK. Mandy Wilson outlined Age NI’s 3 tiered, digitally enabled Move More Live More programme and benefits for participants. Patricia McAleavey gave a compelling personal reflection on the value of participating in the Move More Live More programme after experiencing a fall.  Delegates discussed what we can do together to promote the Right to Rehabilitation in our systems. Watch out for a new publication this month from the British Geriatrics Society  on rehabilitation for older people. This topic will continue to feature in our SIG activities over the next year.

IFICs SIGs on ageing and frailty and polypharmacy and adherence joined forces in a practical workshop on a person-centred integrated approach to optimising polypharmacy for people with frailty.  SIG leads Drs Alpana Mair and Marton Wilson and clinical pharmacist Ana N de Andres from Catalonia took delegates through evidence, policy and practice in this important area.  Marie Curran ably supported the role play session that illustrated the complex issues in a typical case study. For more information on this topic and training materials visit www.isimpathy.eu

The final SIG session I chaired was a small but thoughtful networking session on integrated care in rural, remote and island settings with colleagues from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and Canada.  We know that health and care professionals and partners in all of these settings have much to learn from each other as they test new ways of working to improve outcomes for, and with, their communities and to build resilient and sustainable systems.  I was delighted to meet Anna Prytherch, Head of Rural Health and Care Wales who joins Prof Sarah-Anne Munoz from the National Centre for Remote and Rural Health and Care, NHS Education for Scotland, and Oliver Radford, Executive Director of Health Services, Manx Care, Isle of Man, as our SIG leads. The conversation continued in an online forum on April 20th to celebrate publication of a special issue of the Journal of Integrated Care (JICA). You can access the JICA special issue here and the online forum recording here

Now onwards to plan some interactive SIG sessions at NACIC24 in October – hope to see you there!

If you are interested in getting involved with any of these SIGs, please contact Marie Curran at IFICScotland@integratedcarefoundation.org

Dr Anne Hendy
IFIC Scotland