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International Summer School Integrated Care (ISSIC)


*** ISSIC18 will take place from the 24 June – 29 June ***

***Register now and receive a 10% reduction with our early bird promotion. This is available until February 28, 2018***

The International Summer School on Integrated Care, “Integrated Care in Theory and Practice” is organised by the Integrated Care Academy© and 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 analysing, 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.

The International Summer School Integrated Care is designed as a stand-alone education and training course and is eligible for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) or Continuous Medical Education (CME) credits for professionals and managers.

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.


Dr Ellen Nolte
Honorary Professor,
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine


Dr Nolte, previously Director of the Health and Healthcare Policy Programme at RAND Europe, Cambridge, UK and before that, Senior Lecturer at the LSHTM, has a background in public health. She has a Master’s degree in public health (MPH) from the University of Bielefeld, Germany, and a PhD from London University (LSHTM).

Dr Nolte’s main interests and expertise are in health systems research, international health care comparisons and performance assessment. During the past 10 years she has led a programme of work around international health care comparisons and headed-up major research projects in the field of health services and system responses to chronic disease.

Dr Nolte is also experienced in the systematic analysis of population health indicators across European countries, including the application of demographic and epidemiological approaches to understanding factors contributing to population health outcomes.

Dr Apostolos Tsiachristas
Senior Researcher
Economic Evaluation of Complex Health Interventions
Nuffield Department of Population Health Medical Sciences Division
University of Oxford


Dr Tsiachristas is widely acknowledged as an international expert in the health economics sector. His main research interests are related to the economic evaluation and financing of complex interventions, with a particular focus on integrated care and mental health care.

In collaboration with allied departments at Oxford University, Apostolos is involved in several research projects, mainly funded by the NIHR (CLAHRC and BRC) and Wellcome Trust, across a wide range of services for prevention, assessment, diagnosis and treatment. In addition, he has varied experience in working in experimental and observational studies in diverse clinical areas such as psychosis, self-harm, dementia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Previously, Apostolos undertook research at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and consultancy work at Aarts Public Economics in The Hague. Apostolos has been teaching health economics as part of undergraduate, postgraduate, and professional courses in Oxford and Rotterdam. His work is published in numerous international scientific journals and presented at prestigious conferences.

Apostolos has been acting as an Associate Editor at the BMC-Health Services Research, Topic Editor for health economics at the International Journal of Integrated Care and Guest Editor at Health Policy. He is affiliated to Green Templeton College, University of Oxford.



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 including case scenarios reflecting the different phases of a change management strategy. This project work will provide accepted 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 in practice will round off the experience.

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.


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
Director of Education
Integrated Care Academy©
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.

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 25 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 and include course material, a field trip, lunches and coffee breaks.

***Register now and avail of a 10% reduction with our early bird promotion. This is available until February 28, 2018***


Special rates for participants have been negotiated at the BEST WESTERN Linton Lodge Hotel which is close to the campus (£119.95 Single or £129.00 Double – including breakfast). For further information contact reservations@lintonlodge.com (QUOTE block ID is 226200)

Apply Online

Deadline to apply is Friday, March 30th 2018

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Your Email*

Current Job Title*

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Motivation Letter*
Please upload an application letter that answers the following 3 questions:

  1. How would you describe integrated care (as a definition)?
  2. Why do you wish to participate in the course (and what can you contribute)?
  3. How will you use the learning from the summer school in your professional and/or personal future?

(maximum 1000 words and 2mb - .pdf, .doc (NOT .docx) .txt format)

Course dates:
24 June – 29 June

Facilitated by:


Dr Viktoria Stein

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

For more information please contact

Viktoria Stein 
T: +44 7576 353 775
E: viktoriastein@integratedcarefoundation.org