IFIC Ireland Realising Integrated Care 2021 Webinar Series

Realising Integrated Care 

IFIC Ireland will host and facilitate a series of 6 webinars from September to October 2021 titled ‘Realising Integrated Care’ 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 – Virtual Visiting and Peer Supports: virtual supports in a time of reduced social contact

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021 2pm IST 

While there has been an emphasis on maintaining medical interventions with telemedicine in the past 12 months, the importance of social contact to recovery during acute health episodes cannot be underestimated. Those in our communities and wider society who were already vulnerable to social exclusion also found themselves further isolated as face-to-face interactions and interventions were drastically reduced. Our speakers today will outline how initiatives to support family and loved ones to virtually visit hospital patients across Northern Ireland and virtual peer-to-peer supports have provided opportunities to aid alternative social contacts during times of limited face-to-face interaction and support recovery in very different environments. The session will incorporate a case study approach – our speakers will provide details of their project ahead of the session which can be reviewed by attendees to submit questions prior to the session for an interactive learning session. 

Chair – Martin Hayes, ECHO Programme Manager, HSC NI

Presentations:
Virtual Visiting Service @ Southern Health and Social Services Trust – Mairéad Casey and Dr Neal A. Morgan. Poster available here

HAIL: Delivering Mental Health Recovery Peer Support Remotely – Naoise Cunningham and John Curry. Poster available here

Session 2 – How can digital solutions support self-management

Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 2pm IST

The proliferation of remote health monitoring options, reduced cost and time to delivery for mobile apps combined with a pressing need to reduce physical and social contacts in the time of a pandemic, has lead to swift implementation of innovative solutions. The panel will consider how remote monitoring can benefit and/or challenge patients and clinicianshelps to create a partnership approach to health management between activated, engaged patients and supportive clinicians and healthcare workers, and what the future of self-management can look like in the context of enhanced support for remote outpatient interventions and monitoring. 

Download Margaret Curran’s presentation

Session 3 – Enabling Virtual Care

Wednesday, September 1st 2021 2PM IST

Virtual care has experienced unpredictable rapid growth across the globe with the onset of Covid-19. The initial response to reduce clinical interventions across all levels of care so that  priority for treatment could be afforded to those most impacted by the disease required health and social care systems to swiftly implement, scale and support virtual care options to provide appropriate interventions and continuity of care for all. The panel will discuss what are the key enablers of virtual care, has the Covid-19 experience of rapid change under immense pressure to a new digital mode of delivery helped or hindered in the world of virtual care, reflect on service user and HCW experiences of virtual care and what the future of health and social care may look like with a population much more familiar with receiving and delivering care virtually. 

Session 4 – Continuous Quality improvements: measuring success and sharing learning

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021 2pm IST

Continuous quality improvement in healthcare is “the systematic use of methods and tools to try to continuously improve the quality of care and outcomes for patients” (Kings Fund, 2019). Monitoring progress and measuring success to understand the impact of change and improvements are vital steps in the process. Creating opportunities to share learning with stakeholders and peers can be crucial to identifying avenues for future development and improvement. This session will hear from those involved in health system improvement programmes and how they share learning and results to benefit their programmes and peers.

Session 5 - Trust and transparency in predictive medicine and machine learning supports to the patient journey

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021 2PM IST

The deployment of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to support clinical decision-making, screening programs, patient self-management and stratify populations on the basis of health risk is increasing across of sectors of health care. Significant leaps have also been made in the technology used to produce and deploy data models and prediction for use within clinical and wider population settings. The panel will present on their work deploying and evaluating the use of AI and ML in the specific areas of breast cancer screening and dementia assessment and will also consider the importance of transparency and establishing patient, clinician and citizen trust in these digital supports.

Session 6 – Open health data and health literacy

Wednesday, October, 13th 2021 2PM IST

Daily Covid-19 case numbers, hospital occupancy, vaccines administered and the focus on data availability and modelling of the Covid-19 pandemic have occupied news headlines for more than 18 months. Today’s panel will examine how the publication and dissemination of disease data impacts on health literacy, how should the data continuum (data -> information -> knowledge -> wisdom) be realised to support population health literacy and how open data initiatives within health informatics aid decision making and research initiatives for health and social care systems leaders.

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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