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IFIC Ireland Making Integrated Care Happen Webinar Series

7
Feb

Making Integrated Care Happen

IFIC Ireland will host and facilitate a series of 6 webinars from February to July 2020 titled ‘Making Integrated Care Happen’ which forms one of the key delivery mechanisms enabling knowledge mobilisation across all stakeholders with an interest in developing and implementing integrated care within the healthcare systems on the island of Ireland.

It is important that those taking integrated care forward are enabled to share their experience, success and failures with others. Spread and sustainability can be accelerated if innovators and leaders are supported to work together in learning networks through which information and intelligence can be shared. This helps to avoid the same mistakes being made, can avoid unnecessary duplication of effort and can help build commitment and support by enabling leaders to work together in a community of practice.

It is also important to make it easy for those leading integrated care to access outside expertise, e.g., in identifying what best practice looks like when developing integrated care for older people or learning how best to share information about users across organisations and services. Creating a hub to support learning and development is critical, as is accessing skills in service improvement to support rapid cycles of learning.

Webinars offer a flexible, easy to access learning experience, which answer to the demands of professionals and students alike. By mixing videos and presentations with live question and answer sessions, participants have the chance to ask burning questions in a relaxed and safe environment. The pre-recorded videos, background material and recommended reading lists are available for download after each webinar session. The webinar series are often organised in cooperation with one of IFIC’s partners, and address current topics giving a comprehensive overview of the state of the art in theory as well as illustrating the concepts with numerous practical examples from around the world. The guest speakers are also recruited from our substantive network, thus offering the unique opportunity of asking questions to the leading experts in the field.

Session 1 – Social Prescribing: Initiatives on the Island of Ireland

Tuesday, 18 February 2PM GMT

Social prescribing, sometimes referred to as community referral, is a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services. Recognising that people’s health is determined primarily by a range of social, economic and environmental factors, social prescribing seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. It also aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health.

The Mid and East Antrim AgeWell Partnership employs a community development approach in improving the health and well being of older people. Project co-ordinator, Deirdre McCloskey, will speak with us about the IMPACTAgewell® program that aims to improve quality of life for older people by connecting them to their community. It goes beyond the traditional signposting model, instead building in a funding stream to actually invest in the community-based, often volunteer-led, organisations which deliver these services (commonly referred to as ‘social prescriptions’) such as befriending, transport, luncheon clubs and handyperson services.

The role of the link worker in primary practice in facilitating social referrals and understanding community resources and groups that can support those in need of increased social contact is explored by Dr Darach Ó Ciardha. He will outline the benefits experienced to date by his patients and practice through the social prescribing program operating at Jobstown and Tallaght Cross practice.

Download Karen O’ Connell’s Presentation (Including Reading List and Q&A)

Download Deirdre McCloskey’s  Presentation

Download Darach Ó Ciardha’s Presentation

Session 2 – Palliative & End-of-Life Care in Ireland in partnership with the Irish Hospice Foundation

Tuesday March 10th 2PM GMT

IFIC Ireland and the Irish Hospice Foundation are delighted to partner on the second webinar in our 2020 series focussed on Palliative and End-of-Life Care in Ireland. Rebecca Lloyd, Public Engagement Officer for the Irish Hospice Foundation will speak about the importance of Advance Care Planning and the Think Ahead programme operated by the Irish Hospice Foundation which enables individuals to think and plan ahead for their end of life care.

It is estimated that 90% of care in the last year of life is provided by the GP and Primary Care Team in Ireland . Primary Palliative care is palliative care practised by community based health care workers such as GPS, Practice Nurses, Community Nurses and Public Health Nurses. Dr Paul Gregan, chair of the Steering Committee for Primary Palliative Care of the Irish Hospice Foundation will speak about the vital role played by primary care providers and clinicians in Ireland to those in need of palliation approaching the end of their life.

Download Karen O’ Connell’s Presentation (Including reading list and Q&A)

Download Dr. Paul Gregan’s Presentation

Download Rebecca Llyod’s Presentation

Session 3 – Inclusion Health and understanding the Social Determinants of Health

Tuesday, 11 August 2PM GMT

Inclusion health is a service, research, and policy agenda that aims to prevent and redress health and social inequities among the most vulnerable and excluded populations. Addressing social inequalities to ensure the best health outcomes for populations at risk at the earliest possible point of intervention can help to benefit lifelong health.

Dr Sharon Lambert will outline how childhood traumatic events can impact on health outcomes throughout life. The need to design services for appropriate delivery for individuals handling trauma and the impacts of stressful and traumatic circumstances will also be explored. Prof Clíona Ní Cheallaigh will speak about her work on improving access to healthcare for some of Ireland’s most vulnerable and socially excluded populations and how integration of services should address social inclusion at its core.

Session 4 – Role of volunteers and community development organisations as partners in the delivery of Integrated Care

Tuesday, 8 September 2PM GMT

Michelle Nelson of Sinai Health System and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto will speak about the important role that volunteers and third sector groups play as partners in delivering integrated care, Voluncaring is the The work or practice of volunteers or non-statutory organizations as partners in the delivery of health programs and services. Today’s volunteers are more diverse than ever – ranging from teenagers to retirees, coming from a variety of backgrounds and bringing a multitude of professional and life experiences.  What they have in common is the desire to help others. In health services, volunteers are an often under-recognized or underutilized resource that can help to meet patient and family needs. The term Voluncaring reflects people’s motivations for volunteering, the care work that many volunteers do, and the benefits derived by patients, families, clinicians and organizations.

Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) challenges the traditional deficit-based approach that tries to solve urban and rural development problems by focusing on the needs and deficiencies of individuals, neighbourhoods, towns, villages, etc. ABCD demonstrates that local assets (people, physical assets etc.) and individual strengths are key to ensure sustainable community development, and that people have a life of their own choosing. Cormac Russell of Nurture Development will provide an overview of the ABCD approach and how a strengths-based approach can benefit integration care programs.

 

 

Facilitated by:

Professor Áine Carroll 

Áine Carroll is Co-Director of IFIC Ireland and Professor of Healthcare Integration and Improvement/Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine  at University College Dublin/National Rehabilitation Hospital

Dr Sloan Harper

Sloan Harper is Chair of IFIC Ireland and Director of Integrated Care at the Health and Social Care Board Northern Ireland

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