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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. 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. This year’s summer school will discuss all of these challenges with leaders in this field whilst also introducing participants to a new module on leadership and managing change.

Course dates:
29 June – 03 July 2020

Wolfson College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Facilitated by: 

Dr Toni Dedeu
Interim CEO & Director of Programmes

Leo Lewis
Senior Fellow and Head of Research and Development
International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC)

Dr Toni Dedeu
Interim CEO and Director of Programmes
International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC)

Dr Dedeu is the Director of Programmes of the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) based in Oxford, UK and he is the former Director the Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia, Ministry of Health of the government of Catalonia. Dr Dedeu is a MD (University of Barcelona), specialised in Urology and Family Medicine and he holds MScs in Health Economics, in Primary Care and in Healthcare Management.

He has professional experience spanning more than 20 years at international level in the field of quality assessment and health systems development. He has worked as policy maker, manager, researcher and implementer or health system reforms. Former Chair of EUREGHA (European Association of Regional and Local Authorities), association based in Brussels. He has also been the Director of research and knowledge exchange of the Digital Health and Social Care Institute of Scotland, in association with the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Dr Dedeu is currently involved as PI in more than ten EU projects, such as FP7, H2020, Interreg, Health Programme and also EIT Health. Along with his scientific career he has published more than 55 research papers in SCI and SCIE journals of high impact factor.

Leo Lewis
Senior Fellow and Head of Research and Development
International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC)

Leo joined the International Foundation for Integrated Care Team in early 2013 as a Senior Fellow leading IFIC’s work in the EU funded SmartCare integrated care project. Since this time, Leo has expanded IFIC’s role in Europe through involvement in two other integrated care projects as well as the United4Health telehealth study. In addition, Leo is a member of the IFIC team collaborating with WHO Europe in the development of their Coordinated and Integrated Health Services Delivery: Developing the Framework for Action.

Leo is an experienced programme manager having working in academia, the NHS and Welsh Government leading eHealth, chronic conditions management service improvement and research projects and was responsible for the development and testing of NHS Wales’ predictive risk modelling (Prism) tool. Through the building of strong relationships with stakeholders, Leo works with others to bring her knowledge, skills and expertise together to co-design new transformational change approaches for delivering ICT-enabled integrated care solutions to meet the needs of different populations. Leo has a keen interest in rural health and wellbeing and also works part time for the Institute of Rural Health.

As well as gaining NHS management qualifications early on in her career and Prince 2 training, Leo studied an MSc in Health Informatics at Swansea University and most recently gained a Diploma in Leadership for Collaboration from University of Wales Institute in Cardiff.

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 reflective learning, , it will build and reinforce the competencies of the participants to become leaders in their own settings. 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.

A workbook will be provided in advance of the course for participants to be prepared with examples from their countries. These will be followed up on during the course.

The course in any one year has attracted participants representing up to 15 different countries from around the world.

• 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 understand key strategies for changing health and social care systems

• 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

• To equip participants with tools for managing change in local settings

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

• Building blocks of integrated care: Understanding and implementing integrated care programmes

• Engaging and empowering people and communities: definition, concepts and tools

• Creating an environment for change: policy making for integrated care

• Leading, managing and motivating people for change

• Collaborating across professional boundaries: Competencies for integrated care

• 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, taking in the unique and inspiring atmosphere of the City of Oxford.

The International Summer School on 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 £2,000. This includes course material, a field trip, lunch and refreshment breaks, but does not include accommodation and evening meals. Special accommodation rates have been negotiated for participants

Applications openPlease fill out the application form below or directly email Georgina Ferrer

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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?

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