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Advancing Integrated Diabetes Care: Highlights from ICIC24

By Niamh Daly Day / May 22, 2024
Advancing Integrated Diabetes Care: Highlights from ICIC24   In our recent International Conference on Integrated Care, we chaired different sessions under the topic of really relevant topics regarding non communicable conditions. During these sessions we explored various aspects of diabetes care, shedding light on innovative approaches and strategies aimed at improving outcomes for individuals living… Read More

How our ecosystems align with ‘old’ versus ‘new’ power

By Miriam Galvin / May 20, 2024
How our ecosystems align with ‘old’ versus ‘new’ power My Learning goals for attending the conference: I am curious about what works in creating impact and what gets in the way, particularly at a psychological level.  My hope for the conference was to develop a deeper understanding of how nano, micro, meso, and macro system… Read More

Portugal is now an integrated living Lab! Join us for ICIC25 in Lisbon 14-16 May 2025

By Miriam Galvin / May 16, 2024
Portugal is now an integrated living Lab! Join us for ICIC25 in Lisbon 14-16 May 2025 As we conclude the enriching sessions of ICIC24, I stand before you filled with gratitude and excitement. Gratitude for the insightful discussions and shared learnings, and excitement for the promising path ahead in advancing integrated care. I am thrilled… Read More

Empowering Emerging Researchers and Practitioners in Integrated Care: A Recap and reflections on ERPIC activities at ICIC24

By Miriam Galvin / May 16, 2024
Empowering Emerging Researchers and Practitioners in Integrated Care: A Recap and reflections on ERPIC activities at ICIC24 Reflecting on the 24th International Conference on Integrated Care in Belfast, we are inspired by the wealth of knowledge shared and the meaningful connections made. The conference, as always, was a great experience and provided a platform for… Read More

Remembering that people are the experts in their own lives

By Miriam Galvin / May 16, 2024
Remembering that people are the experts in their own lives Agewell (Mid and East Antrim Agewell Partnership) has had a long association with the International Foundation of Integrated Care, presenting online, taking part in webinars and attending the All-Ireland Conference last year. Our small charity organisation has always benefited from the knowledge and encouragement by… Read More

The importance of a joined-up response to homelessness across hospital, primary care, and community services

By Miriam Galvin / May 16, 2024
The importance of a joined-up response to homelessness across hospital, primary care, and community services As the CANCERLESS project concludes its three-year initiative focusing on cancer prevention for people experiencing homelessness, we reflect on the lessons learned and the insights gained from our journey. Under the overarching theme of integrated care, the session hosted by… Read More

A wee beacon of compassion, expertise, and tireless dedication

By Miriam Galvin / May 15, 2024
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… Read More

The voices of those who have been silenced or ignored must be heard

By Miriam Galvin / May 15, 2024
The voices of those who have been silenced or ignored must be heard Reflecting on the joyful festival that is the 24th International Conference on Integrated Care, I find myself moved and motivated by the call to action that echoed through the halls. Amplifying Silenced Voices: At the core of integrated care lies a fundamental… Read More

Winning hearts and minds! The time is now for recognizing the central role of carers in delivering Integrated Care

By Miriam Galvin / May 15, 2024
Winning hearts and minds! The time is now for recognizing the central role of carers in delivering Integrated Care Family carers[1] care for loved ones including children and adults with additional needs, physical or intellectual disabilities, frail older people, those with palliative care needs or those living with chronic illnesses, mental health challenges or addiction. They… Read More

An enriching experience that left the IFIC Canada team invigorated and inspired

By Miriam Galvin / May 15, 2024
An enriching experience that left the IFIC Canada team invigorated and inspired The International Conference on Integrated Care (ICIC) in sunny Belfast was an enriching experience that left the IFIC Canada team invigorated and inspired. ICIC24 showed some important advancement in both the research and practice of integrated care globally. A Global Network The connections… Read More

Reflecting on our lives and future careers through a different lens

By Miriam Galvin / May 14, 2024
Experience from the 24th International Conference on Integrated Care Before attending the International Conference on Integrated Care (ICIC24), we thought of health care providers as independent healers. However, following an 8-hour flight from Canada to Ireland, our perspectives changed for the better. Our names are Justin and Olivia, and we both recently finished our undergraduate… Read More

Actioning person centred care – A new Special Interest Group advancing a global agenda to improve experience

By Miriam Galvin / May 14, 2024
Actioning person centred care – A new Special Interest Group advancing a global agenda to improve experience Person centred care – holistic care that treats a health or social service user with dignity and sees them as a full person with individual desires, preferences, and values – is often heralded as the way to improve… Read More

An interstellar journey to integrated care

By Miriam Galvin / May 14, 2024
An interstellar journey to integrated care On the 20th April 2024, just two days before the ICIC24 conference kicked off, NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft returned data to Earth for the first time in five months[1]. Voyager 1 and its twin spacecraft Voyager 2 have been on an interstellar journey for more than 40 years. However,… Read More

Belonging, trust and relationship-building – key takeaways words from ICIC24

By Miriam Galvin / May 14, 2024
Belonging, trust and relationship-building – key takeaways words from ICIC24 Attending the international conference was such a positive personal and professional experience.  This was my first time speaking at an international conference in my home city. It made me reflect on my past experiences and cultural norms and grateful for how far the peace process… Read More

IFIC Scotland supporting multiple Special Interest Groups at ICIC24

By Miriam Galvin / May 13, 2024
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… Read More

People are the most important factor in advancing digital solutions for health and care

By Miriam Galvin / May 13, 2024
People are the most important factor in advancing digital solutions for health and care It has been such an intense experience during ICIC24 in Belfast, to try to catch up with all of the amazing presentations linked to the digital integrated care pillar, that I really like! So many ideas, so many initiatives being implemented… Read More

Professional development in integrated care: Task and Finish Group at ICIC24

By Miriam Galvin / May 8, 2024
Professional development in integrated care: Task and Finish Group at ICIC24 The International Foundation for Integrated Care’s (IFIC) Integrated Care Academy has developed several continuing professional development (CPD) and other education and training programmes over the years. It has delivered these as stand-alone and in collaboration with partners. It has also promoted the work of… Read More

What next for Integrated Care? A reflection on ICIC24

By Miriam Galvin / May 8, 2024
What next for Integrated Care? A reflection on ICIC24 Having had now a week or so to reflect on an intense and creative 3 days in Belfast, I find myself asking “what next?” The theme of the conference was “taking the leap – making integrated care a reality for people and communities”. We set out… Read More

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