Following the successful hosting of the 17th International Conference on Integrated Care in Dublin, Ireland in May 2017, IFIC has been seeking to develop with core Partners the creation of an IFIC Ireland Collaborative Centre. The core mission of IFIC Ireland is to develop capacity and capabilities of Ireland in the design and delivery of integrated care. IFIC Ireland seeks to achieve this by providing a platform to develop and exchange ideas and promote activities in the region in keeping with its mission.
The main objectives of IFIC Ireland is 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.
On Thursday, 11 October IFIC Ireland hosted an inaugural meeting at the IBM Design Studio in Dublin. Over 40 organisations from across the country came together to discuss the future challenges and opportunities for integrated health and care in Ireland and to further discuss the ambitions of IFIC Ireland and agree a workplan for 2019.