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World Health Day: Integrated Care – an unfinished project

By Niamh Daly Day / April 5, 2024
World Health Day Integrated Care - an unfinished project 7 April 2024 Dr. Niamh Lennox-Chhugani & Prof. Áine Carroll As we approach WHO World Health Day 2024 with its theme of My health – My right, the emphasis across the world, is on securing access to quality healthcare for all against a backdrop of inequality… Read More

Celebrating Scotland’s Third Sector

By Niamh Daly Day / March 14, 2024
Celebrating Scotland’s Third Sector When people think about health and social care services and policymaking in Scotland, it’s often the role played by government, the NHS and integration authorities that comes to mind. However, this overlooks the vital function played on a daily basis by thousands of third sector organisations up and down the country.… Read More

Social Care and Realistic Medicine: Realistic Screening in an Integrated Health and Social Care Landscape

By Niamh Daly Day / March 14, 2024
Social Care and Realistic Medicine: Realistic Screening in an Integrated Health and Social Care Landscape: Back in 2017 I was invited to speak at a conference to share my thoughts about engaging the whole health and social care workforce with the principles underpinning Realistic Medicine, and how we create conditions for innovation across the social… Read More

Why Integrated Care for Rare Diseases matters

By Niamh Daly Day / February 28, 2024
Why Integrated Care for Rare Diseases matters The last day of February was chosen as The World Rare Disease Day - because it is a rare day in itself, that every four years we get an extra day. 2024 is indeed a Leap Year so we celebrate this World Rare Disease Day with special emphasis… Read More

‘Free to Be’ through Proactive and Preventative Technology Enabled Care

By Niamh Daly Day / February 16, 2024
‘Free to Be’ through Proactive and Preventative Technology Enabled Care Since 1971, Bield Housing & Care have been developing housing and services to enable Scotland's older people to live the life they want.  Our brand promise, ‘Free to Be', sums up our firm belief that older people should have the freedom to make their own… Read More

Reimagining the future of health and care

By Niamh Daly Day / February 12, 2024
Reimagining the future of health and care Scotland’s health and care system is increasingly under strain in the face of multiple crises, in particular climate change, the cost of living, the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and persistent health inequalities. Now is the time to look at how we do things differently. This means not just… Read More

iSIMPATHY- improving quality, safety and value for people taking multiple medicines

By Niamh Daly Day / January 29, 2024
iSIMPATHY- improving quality, safety and value for people taking multiple medicines Populations are ageing and many people over the age of 50 years live with multiple long-term conditions and as a result take multiple medications (otherwise known as polypharmacy). Medication is the single most common healthcare intervention and generates the third highest cost of health… Read More

IFIC Australia – Building on the Momentum of 2023

By Miriam Galvin / January 18, 2024

The twin challenges of last summer’s bushfires, swiftly followed by the COVID-19 pandemic, have exposed critical bottlenecks and vulnerabilities in the Australian health system

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New Year, New Ambition for Shared Accountability for Care in Scotland

By Niamh Daly Day / January 10, 2024
New Year, New Ambition for Shared Accountability for Care in Scotland Last year the Scottish Parliament debated a framework Bill to establish a National Care Service (NCS). From the outset I’ve suggested we should be more ambitious than creating a new care service. In the face of increasing fiscal challenges our public sector reform must… Read More

Moving forward with Community Partnership in Highland

By Niamh Daly Day / January 10, 2024
Moving forward with Community Partnership in Highland In early November 2023, the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) attended the Community Partnership Conference in Inverness, which brought together members of the third sector, health and social care professionals, and council leaders in Highland to encourage collaborative working, share ideas and concerns, and build… Read More

A Revival Year for IFIC Australia

By Niamh Daly Day / December 21, 2023

The twin challenges of last summer’s bushfires, swiftly followed by the COVID-19 pandemic, have exposed critical bottlenecks and vulnerabilities in the Australian health system

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IFIC continues collaboration across the EU in 2023

By Niamh Daly Day / December 21, 2023
PROCare4Life PROCare4Life came to a successful conclusion this year with a final event at ICIC24. This project has deepened the understanding of technological solutions for neurodegenerative care. Check out procare4life.eu to see the lessons we have to share from the project. CareMatrix With CareMatrix, we launched our testing phases following an incredibly successful tender period.… Read More

IFIC Scotland – Connect, Empower, Inform, Inspire and Enable

By Niamh Daly Day / December 21, 2023
IFIC Scotland - Connect, Empower, Inform, Inspire and Enable In 2023, IFIC Scotland welcomed Bield Housing, Carers Scotland, National Services Scotland and Scottish Care’s Partners for Integration team to our expanded reference network of local and national partners. We also had a fruitful meeting with the Director from the Glasgow Centre for Population Health about… Read More

IFIC Ireland – building momentum towards ICIC24 in Belfast

By Niamh Daly Day / December 21, 2023
IFIC Ireland – building momentum towards ICIC24 in Belfast It has been an extremely busy and exciting year for IFIC Ireland with conferences, webinars, speaking engagements, study tours and our Accelerated learning programme. See some updates on the year we had and upcoming activities below. IFIC Ireland National forum (AICIC23) The All-Ireland Conference on Integrated… Read More

IFIC Integrated Care Academy grows its learning portfolio in 2023

By Niamh Daly Day / December 20, 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… Read More

Looking Back on 2023: Reaches of IFIC LatAm during 2023

By Niamh Daly Day / December 20, 2023
Looking Back on 2023: Reaches of IFIC LatAm during 2023 Thanks to the commitment of each member of IFIC LatAm and participating individuals, IFIC LatAm has demonstrated significant results, as evidenced in the 12 regular sessions held throughout the year. The achievements are presented according to IFIC LatAm's strategic areas: Consolidation of the IFIC LatAm… Read More

Part Two: Reflections on the IFIC Online Certificate course

By Niamh Daly Day / December 12, 2023
Part Two: Reflections on the IFIC Online Certificate course The IFIC course explained at a conceptual level this very ambitious and radical vision for how all nations can find ways to better integrate their Health and Social Care (H&SC) systems to give people a comprehensive continuum of quality care. This requires H&SC fixing service fragmentation… Read More

Part One: Reflections on the IFIC Online Certificate course

By Niamh Daly Day / December 7, 2023
Part One: Reflections on the IFIC Online Certificate course As a cohort, the participants on the course came from diverse professional backgrounds, with many different continents, health systems and ethnicities represented. The voices which were most prominent were those closer to home from Ireland and Scotland which is seen as leading on Integrated Care (IC).… Read More

Making Rights Real for Every Child in Scotland

By Niamh Daly Day / November 8, 2023
Making Rights Real for Every Child in Scotland Scotland continues to take a significant step forward for human rights in Scotland, as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) Bill is reconsidered by the Scottish Parliament. The Bill will incorporate children’s human rights into Scots law and will make rights real… Read More

I still recall our last summer

By Miriam Galvin / October 11, 2023

June 2023 was the date for the comeback of the face-to-face International Summer Schools on Integrated Care (ISSIC23 and ISSIC23_E). In the past years, considering the challenges of meeting face-to-face and with the intention of providing access to Integrated Care training worldwide, the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) has focused on strengthening its virtual learning opportunities.

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What can integrated care learn from Pep Guardiola´s modern European football? A midsummer holiday´s read

By Niamh Daly Day / October 3, 2023
What can integrated care learn from Pep Guardiola´s modern European football? A midsummer holiday´s read Arturo Alvarez-Rosete (IFIC Senior Researcher) The afternoon after the closure of this year´s International Summer School on Integrated Care (ISSIC23), my colleague Edelweiss Aldasoro and I went for a well-deserved walk around Oxford, stopping eventually at the famous Blackwell´s Bookshop… Read More

The gap between vision and practice – Merative asks ‘how can health and social protection organisations collaborate to improve people’s lives and boost operational efficiency’

By Niamh Daly Day / September 13, 2023
The gap between vision and practice - Merative asks 'how can health and social protection organisations collaborate to improve people's lives and boost operational efficiency' Our partner, Merative, recently shared a article titled 'Prioritising outcomes: a framework for coordinating complex cases across health and social protection services'. Merative asked 'how can health and social protection… Read More

Looking back on ICIC23 in Antwerp 22 – 24 May 2023

By Niamh Daly Day / July 7, 2023
Looking back on ICIC23 in Antwerp 22 – 24 May 2023   It has now been almost two months since we held the 23rd International Conference on Integrated Care in Antwerp. The conference, in partnership with Flanders Agency for Health and Care and Visit Flanders, was attended by a total of 1,247 in person delegates… Read More

Integrated Care – Redesigning how we work in healthcare

By Niamh Daly Day / April 3, 2023
Integrated Care - Redesigning how we work in healthcare Dr Susan Kent, Associate Professor Dublin City University (DCU) IFIC Senior Associate IFIC is delighted to celebrate World Health Worker Week with people and organisations globally. Earlier this month the WHO announced the end of the global Covid-19 pandemic[1]. Health workforces and organisations could be forgiven… Read More

Integrated Care Perspective for Children with Cancer

By Niamh Daly Day / February 15, 2023
Integrated Care Perspective for Children with Cancer Norbert Graf, Saarland University Hospital Today, Wednesday 15th February is with International Childhood Cancer Day. Professor Dr. Norbert Graf, medical director of the Department for Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Saarland University Hospital, reminds us of the needs of children and families with cancer and the importance of… Read More

IFIC Scotland: Looking through the Rear Mirror

By Admin / December 21, 2022
As we reflect on 2022 our highlight was undoubtedly reconnecting with IFICs global community at ICIC22. Marie Curran supported IFICs communications team by recording voices of lived experience from across the globe to ground the opening plenary. Vicki Cloney and Ann Wardlaw were runners up in the Patient and Caregiver award for their paper about… Read More

Focusing on people, families, and communities in Latin America (IFIC LatAm)

By Admin / December 21, 2022
In Latin America, a participatory process has been developed, promoted by an enthusiastic group of people with diverse academic and professional backgrounds, with experience in integrated care and health systems, from various universities, research centers, foundations, associations, networks, as well as other people who get involved as independent professionals. IFIC LatAm makes a decisive contribution… Read More

IFIC Ireland – a year of change and growth

By Admin / December 21, 2022
After the pandemic held back our in-person activity, this year was a great opportunity to build on our remote activity and create new opportunities for integrated care in Ireland. All-Ireland Conference for Integrated Care in Dublin In March, we held the first annual All-Ireland Conference for Integrated Care in Dublin. This in-person event was a… Read More

A busy year for IFIC supporting a range of EU-funded projects

By Admin / December 21, 2022
PROCare4Life PROCare4Life over 2022 could analyse the results of pilot 2 and launch pilot 3, supported by a multilingual survey to expand the knowledge about its future users' preferences. After COVID19, we could finally meet in person in Madrid Consortium meeting. Specific multimedia training materials were created, to support the additional and refined functionalities that… Read More

Effectively Addressing Diabetes

By Niamh Daly Day / November 14, 2022
Effectively Addressing Diabetes Douglas Tynan PhD., Sidney Kimmel Medical School, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia PA Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood glucose. Hyperglycemia, also called raised blood… Read More

Educational Determinants of Health

By Niamh Daly Day / October 26, 2022
Educational Determinants of Health If you work in healthcare anywhere in the world, and I ask you about how your organization is retaining its clinical workforce, I’ll bet you’d respond with one of the following: an enormous sigh, a hearty laugh, or (god forbid) a quip about how “no one wants to work anymore.”  … Read More

A look back on Self Management Month 2022: Celebrating Change

By Niamh Daly Day / October 13, 2022
         A look back on Self Management Month 2022: Celebrating Change The ALLIANCE hosts a national self management awareness raising campaign each year. This year, it took the form of Self Management Month , running throughout September and focusing on Celebrating Change as its central theme. Throughout the month, we hosted a… Read More

World Mental Health Day 2022 – Please, No More Mental Health Service Silos!

By Niamh Daly Day / October 10, 2022
World Mental Health Day 2022 – Please, No More Mental Health Service Silos! David Burke, Senior Staff Specialist and Clinical Lead in Older People’s Mental Health at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney and Associate Professor, Discipline of Psychiatry, the University of Notre Dame There is no health without mental health (WHO, 2005); so, mental health for… Read More

Healing Hearts and Communities: the power of compassion

By Niamh Daly Day / October 7, 2022
Healing Hearts and Communities: the power of compassion Silvia Librada Flores, New Health Foundation This Sunday, 9th October is World Hospice and Palliative Care Day with the theme ‘Healing Hearts and Communities’[1]. It is a beautiful theme that refers to the concepts of compassion and Compassionate communities, which are now core pillars of palliative care… Read More

Building health and care system resilience and recovery

By Niamh Daly Day / September 22, 2022
Building health and care system resilience and recovery Niamh Lennox-Chhugani, Edelweiss Aldasoro and Alejandro Gil Salmeron In April 2020, one month after many countries across the world went into lockdown and health and care systems in many countries were dealing with the consequences of the pandemic, the International Foundation for Integrated Care launched a webinar… Read More

World Alzheimer´s Day: The spotlight is on post-diagnostic support

By Niamh Daly Day / September 21, 2022
World Alzheimer´s Day: The spotlight is on post-diagnostic support Nereide Curreri, MSc, PhD September 21st is World Alzheimer's day. In 1994 on September 21st the association Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) celebrated their 10th anniversary by inaugurating the first World Alzheimer's day. The day brings awareness: a spotlight on dementia, on the people living with dementia,… Read More

Recent OECD Publication: International comparisons of the quality and outcomes of integrated care: Findings of the OECD pilot on stroke and chronic heart failure

By Niamh Daly Day / August 4, 2022
Recent OECD Publication: International comparisons of the quality and outcomes of integrated care: Findings of the OECD pilot on stroke and chronic heart failure OECD Health Working Paper No. 142, May 2022, Eliana Barrenho, Philip Haywood, Candan Kendir and Niek Klazinga Across OECD countries, two in three people aged over 65 years live with at… Read More

Leading an innovative approach to prevention, community care and integration of care in Ireland – Online Workshop at ICIC22

By Niamh Daly Day / July 15, 2022
Leading an innovative approach to prevention, community care and integration of care in Ireland – Online Workshop at ICIC22 Sláintecare Department of Health & HSE in association with IFIC Ireland as part of 22nd International Conference on Integrated Care The Sláintecare Action Plan 2019 established the building blocks for a significant shift in the way… Read More

More than structures – the introduction of Regional Health Areas in Ireland

By Niamh Daly Day / April 19, 2022

More than structures – the introduction of Regional Health Areas in Ireland  Dr Niamh Lennox-Chhugani, Chief Executive, International Foundation for Integrated Care.    The Department of Health in Ireland published the long-awaited business case for the establishment of Regional Health Areas (RHAs) this week as Cabinet approved the case. The Chief Executive of the Health…

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Consequences of war for people: destroyed continuity of care now, lack of care provision later

By Niamh Daly Day / March 16, 2022

Consequences of war for people: destroyed continuity of care now, lack of care provision later Since 24th February 2022, we have all seen the images from Ukraine. At the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC), our thoughts are with the Ukrainian people and most particularly with people living with long-term care needs, their family, carers…

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