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Intermediate care

Aim: To facilitate collaboration across disciplines and across countries to enhance our understanding, adoption and evaluation of Intermediate Care as a key component of people-centred integrated care.

Activities: The SIG provides a platform for members to share implementation experience, highlight examples of good practice, signpost practical resources, and agree and collaborate on research, education and evaluation priorities for Intermediate Care. Members will shape the scope of SIG activities and outputs. These include:

  • Webinars and online peer support
  • Good practice case studies
  • Practical resources
  • Study Visits
  • Blogs
  • Evidence reviews
  • Consensus documents
  • Collaborative action research
  • Benchmarking

Further information: Intermediate Care is a continuum of integrated community services for assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and support for older people and adults with long term conditions at times of transition in their health and support needs. Intermediate Care services offer alternatives to emergency inpatient care, support timely discharge from hospital, promote recovery and return to independence, and prevent premature admission to long-term residential care.

Intermediate care offers an enabling and integrated approach at the interface between home and hospital, and at transition from illness or injury to recovery and independence; helping people achieve their personal goals or outcomes. Intermediate care can be provided in:
Individuals’ own homes

  • Sheltered housing and extra care housing
  • Care homes
  • Community hospitals

Get involved: The SIG is for practitioners, managers, researchers, students, and policy makers engaged in planning, designing and delivering Intermediate Care in different health and care systems.
If you have an interest in Intermediate Care, practical experience or resources to share, a question or challenge for SIG members, or suggestions for future SIG activities please contact Marie Curran, our SIG facilitator, IFICScotland@integratedcarefoundation.org

Facilitated by:

Dr Anne Hendry

Dr Anne Hendry Senior Associate for the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC), Chair of IFIC Scotland and Special Interest Lead of Intermediate Care
Email: anne.hendry@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk