Date: Wednesday, 5 December 2018
Location: University College Dublin (UCD)
IFIC Ireland in association with the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC), the UCD Centre for Integrated Care and Improvement Studies (UCD CICIS) and the Health Service Executive (HSE), Ireland presented “Integrated Health and Social Care in Ireland: How to Achieve Implementation Success” on Wednesday, 5 December 2018 in University College Dublin (UCD), Health Science Building.
There is widespread agreement on the need in Ireland to bring forward the policy agenda on integrating health and care. A vision, combined with legislation and concrete instruments, are required to move to a more person-centred approach.
Providing integrated care, care that crosses the boundaries between primary, community, hospital and social care, is a goal of health systems worldwide. So too is achieving that care within constrained resources. The case for integrated care in Ireland is reinforced by the need to develop whole-system working to address the demands arising from an ageing population and increases in the number of people with multiple long-term conditions.
The evidence of the benefits, in particular to the experience of service users and their families, seen when organisations and services work together, make a compelling case for care to be co-ordinated around the needs of people and populations. Developing integrated care means overcoming barriers between primary and secondary care, physical and mental health, and health and social care to provide the right care at the right time in the right place.
A number of policy frameworks have been developed to support the movement towards a more coordinated and holistic approach to improving population health, most recently the Slaintecare report, a ten-year strategy for health care and health policy in Ireland is the first time that cross-party consensus has been reached on a new model of healthcare to serve the Irish people over the next ten years. The report emphasises the importance of integrated care and shifting care out of hospitals and into the primary and community settings.
The forum provided a stage for national and international leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by recent policy developments, as well as providing expertise from local and international experience on how to achieve implementation success. The conference will present the pitfalls to avoid and the levers that enable system leaders and managers to drive change.
The forum provided a space for highlighting examples of successful projects and approaches in Ireland and for those leading in the delivery of integrated health and social care programmes and initiatives.
This forum will also provide a platform to officially launch IFIC Ireland. A successful Founders Meeting was held in the IBM Studios in Dublin on the 11th October attended by 50 organisations from across the country who are leading in the delivery and support of integrated care services. The core mission of IFIC Ireland is to develop capacity and capabilities Ireland in the design and delivery of integrated care. IFIC Ireland will seek to achieve this by providing a platform to develop and exchange ideas and promote activities in the region in keeping with its mission. The aims and objectives of IFIC Ireland are to:
- Advance the science, knowledge and adoption of integrated care in policy and practice in Ireland and internationally.
- Enable the exchange of ideas among academics, researchers, managers, clinicians, policy makers and users and carers of services.
- Develop the capacity and capability of managers and clinicians to deliver integrated care, including raising awareness of the benefits of integrated care with front line teams, but also senior management and governing boards.
- Facilitate international, regional and local collaborations with established centres including IFIC Scotland and Australia
- Identify international best practice and transferable lessons for the Irish context
- Celebrate what is working in Ireland and how that can be transferred to the international community.
- Work with business partners to improve technology and other innovations that will support the advancement of integrated care and better outcomes for patients and communities.
Prof Áine Carroll
Director, IFIC Ireland
Professor of Healthcare Integration and Improvement,
University College Dublin/National Rehabilitation Hospital
Dr. Derick Mitchell
Programme Manager Integrated Care Programme for Older Persons,
Health Service Executive (HSE), Ireland
Essenburgh Research & Consultancy and Founder,
Integrated Care Evaluation
Dr Niamh Lennox-Chhugani
Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences,
Nuffield Department of Primary Healthcare Services,
University of Oxford
Integrated Care Partnerships,
Health and Social Care Board Northern Ireland
The Sunday Business Post
Health Service Executive (HSE),
Ireland and Adjunct Associate Professor – Health Policy and Management,
School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin
Health Service Executive (HSE), Ireland
Professor of Paediatrics, School of Medicine, University College Dublin