Mapping ‘promising practices’ in integrated community care

In May 2017 IFIC was invited to become a content partner on a new joint initiative hosted by the Network of European Foundations entitled the Transnational Forum of Integrated Community Care.

This Forum was established in recognition of the important global movement for change towards integrated community care delivery to better meet the challenges faced by the growing numbers of vulnerable people in local communities requiring care and support. Specifically, it seeks to shine a light on how new partnerships between the formal and informal sectors can better empower and engage people in their health to improve outcomes for people in local communities and neighbourhoods.

The project seeks to achieve its aims through finding and analysing ‘promising practices’ in integrated community care and learning from their experiences and impact. Over the next three months, IFIC is undertaking a mapping project to find ‘promising practices’ across Europe and internationally for further in-depth investigation.

To be included in our work, ‘promising practices’ need to have three core characteristics that might be seen as different to ‘mainstream’ integrated care:

1. Care delivery must involve cross-sectoral and inter-professional partnerships – bringing together formal and informal care actors – that support vulnerable populations beyond the health & social care sectors for a defined community or neighbourhood;
2. Care delivery that seeks to care for people within their local community or home environment (i.e. primarily in non-institutional or non-residential settings); and
3. Care delivery that pro-actively engages and empowers people and communities as partners in health

If you have a promising practice in integrated community care that you would like to share with this project, or for further information, then please contact:

Dr Nick Goodwin
International Foundation for Integrated Care