Building leadership capability in integrated care Special Interest Group (SIG) Webinar

Building leadership capability in integrated care Special Interest Group (SIG) Webinar


2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

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Building leadership capability in integrated care Special Interest Group (SIG) Webinar

This webinar will launch IFIC’s newest Special Interest Group (SIG) on Leadership for Integrated Care. This webinar is designed to engage a community of practice on integrated care leadership across operational, research, strategy/policy, patients and support networks.

The objectives of the session are to:

  • Set the scene and build consensus on issues
  • Surface issues to be considered from an operational/organisational/academic terms of integrated care and leadership
  • Engage a leadership community of practice.

The SIG is open to all and to anyone interested in leadership, governance, accountability and capabilities in these areas.


Dr. PJ Harnett 
Head of Integrated Care
Mowlan Healthcare
Adjunct Associate Professor
Trinity College Dublin

PJ has worked in a variety of roles in Healthcare over the past 35 years before becoming the National Programme Manager for the National Integrated Care Programme Older Persons. This included working in clinical practice, establishing community mental health teams and initiating education and service innovations to support new models of care. He has held various senior managerial positions locally and nationally including as hospital CEO and service improvement roles addressing unscheduled care. He originally qualified as a mental health nurse and holds a Masters in Nursing as well as a Masters in Healthcare Management. He has led the development of postgraduate education, collaborated on a number of research initiatives and holds a PhD in the area of implementing integrated care.

Dr. Volker Eric Amelung
Professor for International Healthcare System Research
Medical University of Hannover

Dr Volker Amelung is a professor of health system research at the Hannover Medical School. He studied business administration at the Universities of St. Gallen and the University of Paris Dauphine. After completing his doctorate, he worked at the University of Economics and Politics in Hamburg and was a visiting scholar at Columbia University in New York for several years. Prof. Amelung works as a consultant for international and national healthcare companies. His focus is on managed care and integrated care.

Dr. Michelle Nelson
Dr Michelle Nelson
Research Scientist
Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute
Associate Professor (Status)
University of Toronto

Dr. Michelle Nelson is a Research Scientist at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute and an Associate Professor (Status) at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation within the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (University of Toronto). She drives an international program of research that stems from the belief that ‘none of us are as smart as all of us’. She convenes teams of scholars, practitioners and people with lived experiences to design, develop and evaluate approaches to intersectoral collaboration and partnerships. She co-leads the Collaborative Leadership and Governance Program funded the Ministry of Health, purpose built to supports the integration efforts across Ontario Health Teams.


Dr. Niamh Lennox – Chhugani
Chief Executive
International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC)

Dr Niamh Lennox-Chhugani has 30 years of experience in evidence-based transformation in healthcare internationally as a clinician, academic and consultant. Her experience has included integrated health and education service design and provision for children in the NHS in the early 1990’s, health system policy reform in post-conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina, advising on health system reform in the Russian Federation, scaling up infectious disease programmes in sub-Saharan Africa and implementing new care models in the NHS. She has provided leadership to teams in the public sector, commercial businesses and non-profits. As a subject matter expert on integrated care as part of wider healthcare reform, she has spoken at conferences, on panels, written papers, contributed as part of international teams to health system reviews. Most recently, Niamh led the healthcare practice at Optimity Advisors which included directing several EU-funded health projects. Since late 2019, she worked independently leading evaluations of digital health technology. She has a PhD from Imperial College London in organisation change in healthcare

Prof Michelle Canavan
Galway University Hospital

Michelle Canavan is a Consultant Geriatrician and Clinical Lead for Galway Integrated Care Programme for Older Persons (ICPOP) under the National Clinical Programme for Older People in Ireland. She leads an integrated care team for older people since 2019 which focuses on community clinics, linking up services for older people and care as close to home as possible. She has recently been appointed as Professor of Older Adult Health at the University of Galway and leads the academic programme on integrated care delivery, digitally connected health and interprofessional learning.

Dr Viktoria Stein
Co-Founder and Co-CEO
VM Integrated Care

Prof. Viktoria Stein is co-founder and co-CEO of VM Partners Integrating Health and Care and joint editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Integrated Care. She is also Assistant Professor for Population Health Management at Leiden University Medical Centre in the Netherlands. Prof. Stein’s recognition as a leading expert in integrated care policy, design and implementation has led to her extensive work as a consultant and expert for international agencies like the World Health Organisation, World Bank, the European Commission, or Accreditation Canada, providing input on so diverse topics as workforce development, integrated care design, evaluation and monitoring, or population health management and community involvement. A special focus throughout her career has been the creation of learning opportunities and environments, which foster knowledge generation and exchange.

Dr. Anne Wojtak
Adjunct Professor
Dalla Lana School of Public Health
University of Toronto

Dr. Wojtak is a senior healthcare leader with 20+ years’ experience in the home and community care sector in Ontario, Canada. She runs a consulting practice focused on health system strategy and is also the Lead for Integrated Care with the East Toronto Health Partners (Ontario Health Team). Her expertise spans corporate strategy, health system policy, integrated care, governance, and corporate performance as well as risk management, quality improvement, change leadership, and communications.

Eskil Degsell
Patient / Informal Caregiver
Karolinska University Hospital, Associated with Regional Cancer Center  Stockholm-Gotland and Co-investigator at Co-care research program at LIME, MMC, AIM, Karolinska Institute