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The International Summer School on Integrated Care, “Integrated Care in Theory and Practice” is organized by the Integrated Care Academy© and  takes place from 3 July – 7 July 2017. It provides a one-week intensive training on theory and practice of integrated care. It is aimed at health and social care professionals, clinicians, researchers and managers who want to strengthen their understanding of integrated care, get a comprehensive overview of the state of the art in theory and practice, and hone their competencies in analyzing, designing, evaluating and practicing integrated care. The course has been developed for those who are tasked with designing, implementing, leading and/or managing integrated care and want to learn more about the tools and instruments which are available to them with evidence from around the world.

Integrated care is gradually moving out of its niche and into the focus of decision makers, clinicians and managers around the world. This has also spiked interest in how theories, concepts and components of integrated care can be operationalized and successfully implemented in practice. And while there is now sufficient evidence available to support the introduction of integrated care in principle, still many question marks remain around the contextualization and evaluation of such initiatives. In addition, the move from disease-focused to population management approaches including active participation of patients and communities further adds to the complexities. While a lot of efforts are put into the technicalities of integrated care, building the competencies necessary to work in and manage an integrated environment are often neglected.


The International Summer School Integrated Care© will address all the areas mentioned above, giving a comprehensive overview of the state of the art of integrated care theory, illustrated by numerous practical examples from around the world. By using a broad mix of teaching methods, including multi-disciplinary group work, case analyses, and scientific writing, it will also build and reinforce the competencies of the participants. Thus, the International Summer School Integrated Care© will help develop the skills of participants to understand and apply approaches to the successful adoption of integrated care in practice.

Presentations and discussions with lecturers will be complemented throughout the week with work on international case studies and team-based tasks. This project work will provide participants with the opportunity to demonstrate how they would address the challenges of integrated care in practice and how they would relate the principles discussed to their own context. A field trip to facilities implementing integrated care will round off the experience.


Dr Apostolos Tsiachristas
Senior Researcher,
Health Economics Research Centre,
Nuffield Department of Population Health,
University of Oxford

Apostolos is a senior researcher at the Health Economics Research Centre (HERC), University of Oxford. His main research interests are related to the economic evaluation and financing of integrated care.

In collaboration with several medical departments across the UK, his current work focuses on the economic evaluation of integrated care models in various disease areas (Oxford CLAHRC), process changes in breast cancer screening (CO-OPS trial) and in cervical cancer screening (STRATEGIC trial), and hospital-at-home in geriatric care (CGA trial). He is also involved in SELFIE, a H2020 project about the payment and economic evaluation of integrated care models for people with multi-morbidity in Europe. Apostolos’ methodological work focuses on reducing confounding in observational studies and the application of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) in evaluating complex health interventions. Prior to his current positon, Apostolos worked as researcher at the Institute for Medical Technology Assessment (iMTA), Erasmus University Rotterdam. At iMTA, he investigated adequate financial incentives that facilitate integration of care and their impact on health spending.

He was also involved in the economic evaluation of 22 Dutch disease management programs (ZonMw-Disease management project), a cluster randomised control trial about the cost-effectiveness of a COPD disease management program (RECODE trial), and a FP7 European project about the cost-effectiveness of new professionals and new professional roles in integrated care (MUNROS project). Apostolos also worked as consultant at APE bv, a public economics consultancy located in The Hague.

The last six years, Apostolos has been teaching health economics in undergraduate, postgraduate, and professional courses in Oxford and Rotterdam. His work is published in numerous international scientific journals and presented in prestigious conferences in his field. Apostolos acts as a reviewer in several scientific journals and leads the health economics special interest group of the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC).

Prof Claire Jackson
Director and Chief Investigator,
Diabetes Stream Lead,
University of Queensland

Claire has been an active leader in research and advocacy for improved delivery of primary care to patients, particularly those with chronic diseases, for many years.

Claire was appointed to the Chair in General Practice at the University of Queensland in May, 2005. Active in general practice undergraduate and postgraduate education and research for many years, Claire has been extensively involved in health services research and reform since the early 90s.

In 2008 Claire was appointed to the National Primary Care Strategy Expert Reference Group providing a commissioned paper for the National Health and Hospital Reform Commission on new models in primary care. Her description of the ‘beacon’ practice model, developed at Inala Primary Care, was adopted as both the clinical prototype for the Australian Association of Academic General Practitioner’s endorsed model for GP Superclinics, and the basis for UQ’s successful Superclinic tenders in 2009.

As Director of the University of Queensland Field Support Service, she was heavily involved in the development of Australian Divisions of General Practice in the mid 90s.

Claire’s research focus is in improved health system integration, a topic on which she has published and presented internationally. Her MD Thesis was entitled ‘Building an Integrated Health Care Delivery System around Primary Care’. With Inge de Jong, Claire co-authored “Achieving Effective Health Care Integration – the Essential Guide” in 2000. Claire has been involved in numerous research, educational and policy development projects at state and national level, including the National Demonstration Hospitals Programs (3 and 4), the national Divisions / Hospital Integration Program, Health Connect, and the national GP / Hospital Demonstration sites program.

Claire is an active clinician and GP supervisor in part-time general practice in Brisbane. She is also Director of the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute Centre for Research Excellence in Clinical Microsystems.

Key Learning Objectives

  • To provide a comprehensive overview of the principles, models and building blocks of integrated care;
  • To highlight the economic, organizational, technological and cultural aspects, which have to be taken into account when designing and implementing integrated care;
  • To understand and identify challenges on different levels (patient to system; horizontal and vertical; local to international);
  • To illustrate pitfalls, lessons learned and success stories of integrated care initiatives by discussing cases around the world and learn to contextualize them;
  • To understand, interpret and use the results of (cost-)effectiveness studies;
  • To facilitate the development of an international community of practice on integration amongst participants and share knowledge and experiences from around the world;
  • To produce solutions to previously identified problems by tapping the professional and systemic backgrounds of the international participants and faculty.


The course will provide presentations, cases and discussions around the following topics:

  • Building blocks of integrated care: meeting population needs
  • People-centred care: definition, concepts and tools
  • Creating an environment for change: policy making for integrated care
  • Competencies for integrated care
  • Leading, managing and motivating people for change
  • Designing incentives and financial structures to support integrated care implementation
  • Making sense of data and technology: the intricacies of information sharing and technological support for integrated care
  • Monitoring and evaluating integrated care initiatives; creating a learning environment

The course is composed of lectures, case studies, group discussions and presentations and is designed to promote interaction among the participants and lecturers. A site visit will complement the learning experience, and a cultural programme will foster informal networking and taking in the unique and inspiring atmosphere of the city of Oxford.

Core Faculty

The faculty consists of international experts who provide first hand insights into their respective fields, basing their presentations on scientific and professional experiences.

Dr Viktoria Stein
Senior Fellow in Integrated Care
Head of Education and Training
International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC)

Dr. Viktoria Stein joined the International Foundation for Integrated Care in September 2015 as Senior Fellow in Integrated Care and Head of the Integrated Care Academy©. As such, she is responsible for the development of IFIC’s Education and Training programme, which provides a range of courses and tools to support knowledge transfer, skills development and technical know-how. Among the portfolio is the International Summer School on Integrated Care, webinar series and content provision for Master’s programmes around the world. The courses are relevant for students, researches and professionals alike and are adapted to the needs of partners, such as universities or local health boards, on demand.

Viktoria holds a PhD in health economics and in her work focuses on health systems and their organization, specifically how to design contextualized integrated models of care and how to manage the change process towards such models. She previously worked with the WHO Regional Office for Europe coordinating the development of the Framework for Action on Coordinated/Integrated Health Services Delivery, and supporting WHO Member States in reforming their health systems to better address the challenges of providing services for ageing populations and people with multi-morbidities. Prior to joining WHO, she was a research assistant at the Medical University of Vienna, working on the development of Austrian national priorities regarding integrated care and a national integrated care programme for dementia patients and their caregivers, among other things. In 2009, she was the Scientific Programme Coordinator and Organiser of the 9th International Conference on Integrated Care in Vienna. Throughout her career, Viktoria had a strong interest and focus on education and training, teaching students and professionals around the world, as well as developing her own course programmes.

Viktoria was a founding member of the Board of IFIC and is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Integrated Care. Moreover, she is the founding president of the Young Researchers in Health Network (YRIHN), which will be further developed under the auspices of IFIC.

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Dr Nick Goodwin
International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC)

Nick was the co-Founder of IFIC in October 2011 and became its first Chief Executive Officer in March 2013. Nick is also the Editor-in-Chief of IFIC’s open-access and impact rated scientific periodical the International Journal of Integrated Care.

Nick holds a range of research, educational and consultation roles worldwide. These international commitments include several European R&D projects such as the EU FP7 Project INTEGRATE, the Horizon 2020 project SUSTAIN and the ICT-PSP projects SMARTCARE, BEYOND SILOS, and CAREWELL. Nick is an active member of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing B3 Action Group on Integrated Care.

Nick has also been working with the World Health Organisation to support the development of its Global Strategy on People-Centred Integrated Health Services and is on the Expert Advisory Team to WHO Regional Office for Europe’s Framework for Action Towards Coordinated/Integrated Health Services Delivery (CIHSD) leading work related to change management and adoption of integrated care in policy and practice.
Over the past year, Nick has also worked as an international consultant to the Agency for Integrated Care, Singapore; the Pan American Health Organisation, Washington; the WHO’s Western Pacific Regional Office; and to NHS England’s Better Care Fund Support Programme.

In previous roles, Nick worked as a Senior Fellow at the King’s Fund (2007-2013) leading key work on integrated health and social care as well as a two-year Inquiry into the quality of care in English general practice. Nick has also worked as a Senior Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2003-2007) where he directed MSc and DrPH courses and worked as a lead academic for the National Institute for Health Research commissioning key studies into the service delivery and organisation of health care.

In January 2016, Nick received the Avedis Donabedian International Award for his contribution to Healthcare Excellence and Integrated Health and Social Care.

Dr Anne Hendry
National clinical lead for Integrated Care
Joint Improvement Team, Scottish Government

Anne, a consultant geriatrician and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Glasgow, works with the Scottish Government and Joint Improvement Team as clinical lead for Integrated Care.

She supports professionals to improve outcomes for older people and people with multiple conditions in Scotland through person centred care and support that fully integrates health, social care, housing, community and voluntary sectors, and is co-designed and delivered with people in local communities.

Anne is a trustee for two national charities, represents Scotland in the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, and is on the advisory board for the European Joint Action on Chronic Diseases and Promoting Healthy Ageing across the Life Cycle.

She is an Associate Editor for the International Journal for Integrated Care.


Robin Miller
Senior Fellow and Director of Consultancy,
Health Services Management Centre,
University of Birmingham

Robin is a Senior Fellow and Director of Consultancy at HSMC, the social care lead within the Chronic Disease Theme of the West Midlands Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research & Care, and a Fellow of the School for Social Care Research. His research interests build on his practical experiences in the field, and centre on commissioning and management of integrated services, the role and impact of the Third Sector, and personalisation. He leads on a variety of knowledge exchange projects with health and social care organisations, with a particular focus on evaluating and learning from change initiatives. Robin is Co-Editor of the Journal of Integrated Care and an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Integrated Care. He convenes MSc modules at HSMC and is a cohort director on the national NHS Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Leadership Programme. Outside of his University role, Robin is a non-executive director on the Board of Trident Social Investment Group and the chair of the board of trustees of Trident Reach.

Requirements and Fees

The International Summer School Integrated Care© is geared towards professionals, clinicians, managers and researchers from all relevant backgrounds, including medicine, economics, sociology, psychology, law, public health and social security institutions, with at least 5 years of experience in the field of integrated care. No limit on age or professional background applies.

Up to 30 participants will be selected following an application process (motivation letter and CV). The course language is English and a high proficiency (European level C1) is necessary.
The fees are GBP 2000 excluding VAT and include course material, a field trip, lunches and coffee breaks.

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    Course dates:
    03 July – 07 July 2017

    Facilitated by:


    Dr Viktoria Stein

    Dr. Viktoria Stein is Head of the Integrated Care Academy© at the International Foundation for Integrated Care and is responsible for delivering the Foundation’s education and training programmes.


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    Viktoria Stein 
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