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User Guide

Welcome to the IFIC Member’s Network

The IFIC Member’s Network is part of the International Foundation for Integrated Care. We are dedicated to the free expression of our members in a collaborative and sharing environment.

We reserve only the rights necessary to facilitate the dissemination of content and material on this space. We support the intellectual property rights of the authors of those materials. We also support the use of open source software and the widespread dissemination and use of online materials consistent with the rights of our users and applicable law.

All members of the International Foundation for Integrated Care may use this space. We will take all reasonable measures to keep information and users safe.

Please find here our Terms of Service and our Privacy Policy.

IFIC’s Membership Network is a pro-active, web-enabled social networking area, designed to foster conversation, collaboration, and connections among members. It is a space for peer-to-peer learning through open communication and open sharing, and should act as a repository for learning objects that will evolve over time. Here you will be able to connect with other people and organisations who share your interests, connect with IFIC recognized experts in various fields and find opportunities for collaboration and ideas exchange. The free exchange of knowledge is central to the movement towards integrated care. Creating networks and support systems that are enabled by easy access to quality resources and the ability to share replicable materials and best practice, will nurture this growing field of academic and practice development. The Member’s Network is expected to grow in a flexible manner, with new areas developed over time, based on feedback and suggestions from members.

You will find here general discussion forums relating to integrated care and access to Special Interest Groups (SIGS) with a more detailed focus, including useful resources in our Wiki section – a dedicated document area which allows member to work collaboratively. It is recommended that you keep your profile up to date and regularly participate in order to raise your profile amongst the network and create the best impact for your work. Inactive profiles or profiles that have not been updated with work and biography information may be removed.

You can contact us any time with ideas for how we can improve this area and our membership offer in general. You are an important part of the movement for change.

The home page provides a glimpse of what’s happening across the network. You can see who’s online, view recent member activity, access groups, the wiki area and visit the member’s directory. On the right hand side you manage your profile and access member’s news.

IMPORTANT To return at any point to the home page you need to click on MEMBER’S HOME

In the members directory you can browse all the members or narrow down to just your friends or IFIC Associates. You can sort these sections by last active, recently subscribed or alphabetically. You can use the search box to find a colleague by name, role, organisation or interest. Type in an area of interest (eg Digital Health) to find all those who have listed this area as an interest. Within your own profile you also click on your own areas of interest to see all other members who share this interest.

When you visit another member’s profile you can send them a friend request. This is a good way of narrowing down your contacts so that it is easier to manage your connections. You can also send a public or private message, read their biography, and view the activities, group memberships and interests of the member.

There are three group areas – Special Interest Groups (SIGs), Organisational Members and Partner Groups. The functionality of each of these areas is the same.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

These are set up by a group of IFIC members who would like to collaborate on a specific topic, which needs further attention and development within the integrated care field. The topic may focus on research methodologies, certain target groups or similar. The SIGs thus aim to promote the development, adaptation or translation of scientific approaches for the specific purposes of integrated care, and/or promote a specific topic within the integrated care field.

Organisational Members

As part of the annual IFIC membership subscription, organisational members have access to their own group pages. In Organisational Members group pages you will find the organisation’s profile and understand more about the organisation’s work in the field of integrated care. Organisations can use this space to create forum discussions, wiki collaborative documents and to communicate and engage with members.

Partner Groups

These pages are specifically for organisations and projects that the Foundation works with. Partners include EU and other projects, international NGOs, other not-for-profit and patient-focused organisations, and commercial partners who are supporting and collaborating with the Foundation. Partners can use this space to create forum discussions, wiki collaborative documents and to communicate and engage with members.

When you click on a group area you can see all the public and private groups available. If a group is public you can click on ‘join group’ or if it is private you can request membership.

The group page provides a group description and lists the latest activity. You will find links to forums, group collaborative documents (wiki), relevant events and members. You can also send invites to other members to join the group and change your email notification options in this area. It is advised that you choose at least a weekly summary email in order to stay up to date with the activity of the group. To the right hand side you can filter the content.

The forum is a space to discuss particular issues relating to the groups or other specific areas of interest like the International and World Integrated Care events. The forums can only be created by administrators. If you would like to create a forum contact the related group administrator or the membership manager. Within each forum, members can create topics. If you create a topic as ‘sticky’ it will keep the topic at the top of the forum.

Wiki (n.) A collaborative space comprising the perpetual collective work of many authors. A wiki allows anyone to edit, delete or modify content.

The IFIC Member’s Wiki is a collaborative working space in which members can create and share content so that it can be further developed by other members. Content in the wiki area can be public and be edited by any member of the network or be specific to a particular group and then only be edited by members of that group. Some documents can remain read only by the request of the creator and are therefore are for information purposes only.

You can view all content in the wiki area by filtering by ‘all documents’ or filter to only see those documents that have been started by you, those that you have edited or those that are connected to the groups where you are a member. The links just beneath each document allow you to read, to edit and view the editing history of pages. You can filter the documents according to attachments, search for key words or view according to tags.

When creating a document you should include a clear title and then write or paste the text that you require people to collaborate on into the text box, (this is where people can edit). Include hyperlinks to other websites or resources and attach any supporting documents (background information). Various file types may be attached including pdf, txt, doc, and ppt. Hyperlinks to these as well as video hyperlinks to services such as youtube or vimeo will make your wiki more interesting. You should also create tags so that people can easily find and understand what the document is related to. Not tagging pages makes them harder to find, and discourages collaboration. You can assign the document to a group and then decide who can read or edit the document (all members, or only members of the group). You can also add the document to an existing folder (eg toolkits and roadmaps, definitions etc.) or create a new folder.

If you would like some help creating your first document, contact your Special Interest Group admin or email the Membership Manager Sandra O’Connor