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International Summer School Integrated Care (ISSIC)


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.



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.


Dr. Anne Hendry
Clinical Lead for Integrated Care Senior Associate,
International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC)


Anne chaired the organising committee for ICIC15 in Edinburgh and in 2016 took up a new role as IFICs Senior Associate in Scotland. In 2017 she established an International Centre for Integrated Care, hosted by the University of the West of Scotland, as the home of IFICs collaborating centre in Scotland. Anne chairs an enthusiastic Advisory Board that brings together partners from policy, academia, health, social care, Third sector and independent sectors to oversee four workstreams:

  • Leadership and Education – undergraduate; Masters and accreditable CPD
  • Knowledge Exchange and Translation – international webinars and special interest groups
  • Action Research and Evaluation – with a focus on frailty, dementia and personal outcomes
  • System Coaching – within and beyond Scotland

In her Senior Associate role, Anne supports a wide range of IFIC Academy activities, in particular strategic leadership, system coaching, and international knowledge exchange initiatives. These include support for IFIC summer school and conferences, and coordinating the Integrated Care Matters webinar series and special interest groups on Intermediate Care, Palliative Care, Polypharmacy, and Frailty. IFIC Scotland activities champion coproduction, empowerment and the use of lived experience and personal outcomes to transform the relational aspects of integrated care.

Anne is a geriatrician, stroke physician and clinical lead for Integrated Care with over 30 years’ experience of transforming health and social care in Scotland. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (UK), honorary professor at the University of the West of Scotland and holds honorary appointments with the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh’s Global Health Academy. As a graduate of the founding cohort of Delivering the Future, Scotland’s national strategic clinical leadership programme 2005- 2006, she has extensive experience coaching and mentoring leaders from all sectors.

Previous national clinical leadership roles span stroke, Long Term Conditions, Healthcare Quality, Joint Improvement Team, Reshaping Care for Older People, Active and Healthy Ageing, and Multimorbidity. Anne leads a Work Package in the European Joint Action on Frailty, participates in Advisory Boards for a number of European programmes, and provides technical advice for WHO initiatives on integrated care and transformation.

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.

Margrieta Langins
Senior Fellow

Maggie has worked as an international health consultant for more than 15 years. She joined IFIC in November 2017 to work on the EU’s SUSTAIN project to develop a roadmap for supporting older people in their homes.

A trained nurse and former WHO technical consultant, Maggie is also currently studying for her PhD. She has worked as an international health consultant for more than 15 years, spending five years working for the WHO Regional Office for Europe with the Division of Health Systems and Public Health on its Human Resources for Health and the Health Services Delivery programmes.

During this time she helped shape the understanding of how to advance and support competencies in the delivery of integrated care which was presented in Strengthening a competent health workforce for the provision of coordinated/integrated health services delivery. Other achievements include working on the 2014 European strategic directions for strengthening nursing and midwifery towards Health 2020 goals, the 2015 Implementation of the Tallinn Charter: Final report, Compendium on Good practices in strengthening health systems for the prevention and care of M/XDR-TB and editing the 2015 Eurohealth issue Priorities in health systems strengthening in the WHO European Region.

As a nurse Maggie specialised in working with children and their families at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. Through work with diverse cultures and socio-economic groups in both in-patient and out-patient settings, Maggie joined the Sickkids Global Child Health Programme as an educator and researcher.

She also worked with the city’s homeless population as well as in Canada’s remote northern communities which helped develop her interest and expertise in the organisation and governance of the health workforce.

During her career, Maggie has consulted in Croatia, United Kingdom, Ghana, Greece, Kazakhstan, Latvia, the Republic of Moldova and Uzbekistan. She has a particular interest in the role of different stakeholders in supporting a health workforce to deliver quality health services and introducing quality improvement mechanisms and is focusing on that area for her PhD at the Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham.

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Dr Nick Goodwin

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.


Special rates for participants have been negotiated at the BEST WESTERN Linton Lodge Hotel which is close to the campus (£129.95 Single or £139.95 Double – including breakfast). For further information contact (QUOTE block ID is 243950)

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Applications open until Friday, 5 April.  Register before Friday, 15 February and receive an EARLYBIRD discount of 10%

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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:
23 June – 28 June 2019

Wolfson College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Facilitated by: 


Margrieta Langins
Senior Fellow


Dr Nick Goodwin