IFIC Scotland

IFIC’s Ageing and Frailty SIG collaboration at ICIC24

By Niamh Daly Day / May 22, 2024
IFIC's Ageing and Frailty SIG collaboration at ICIC24 IFICs Ageing & Frailty SIG was delighted to collaborate in an excellent interactive session organised with Albert Alonso and the Laurel consortium – a new EU HORIZON-funded project that aims to create actionable policies and training tools to support high-quality integrated long-term care across Europe. Sofia Santos… Read More

A wee beacon of compassion, expertise, and tireless dedication

By Miriam Galvin / May 15, 2024
A wee beacon of compassion, expertise, and tireless dedication In the heart of Scotland's healthcare landscape, there shines a wee beacon of compassion, expertise, and tireless dedication. As I started my integrated care journey, I spent quite a bit of time travelling to London to the likes of the Kings fund etc, but my travels… Read More

IFIC Scotland supporting multiple Special Interest Groups at ICIC24

By Miriam Galvin / May 13, 2024
IFIC Scotland supporting multiple Special Interest Groups at ICIC24 IFIC Scotland’s Marie Curran and I were delighted to organise four joint workshops with IFICs SIGs on ageing & frailty, intermediate care and polypharmacy and adherence. The first was an excellent interactive session organised with Albert Alonso and the Laurel consortium – a new EU HORIZON-funded… Read More

Lifetime Achievement Award

By Niamh Daly Day / May 10, 2024
Lifetime Achievement Award IFIC Scotland was delighted that Prof Anne Hendry, IFIC Senior Associate & Director of IFICs country hub in Scotland, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from IFICs Chair Prof Aine Carroll at ICIC24 in Belfast. This award reflects Anne’s longstanding commitment and dedication to IFICs purpose and impact. Congratulations to IFIC for hosting… Read More

Lived Experience Knowledge Hub launched

By Niamh Daly Day / March 25, 2024
Lived Experience Knowledge Hub launched The ALLIANCE has just launched the Knowledge Hub - a new library of resources and guides to support organisations in delivering more meaningful engagement with lived experience. We want to ensure that people’s expertise and knowledge through their lived experience is valued, and that their voices are at the centre… Read More

Celebrating Scotland’s Third Sector

By Niamh Daly Day / March 14, 2024
Celebrating Scotland’s Third Sector When people think about health and social care services and policymaking in Scotland, it’s often the role played by government, the NHS and integration authorities that comes to mind. However, this overlooks the vital function played on a daily basis by thousands of third sector organisations up and down the country.… Read More

Social Care and Realistic Medicine: Realistic Screening in an Integrated Health and Social Care Landscape

By Niamh Daly Day / March 14, 2024
Social Care and Realistic Medicine: Realistic Screening in an Integrated Health and Social Care Landscape: Back in 2017 I was invited to speak at a conference to share my thoughts about engaging the whole health and social care workforce with the principles underpinning Realistic Medicine, and how we create conditions for innovation across the social… Read More

Why Integrated Care for Rare Diseases matters

By Niamh Daly Day / February 28, 2024
Why Integrated Care for Rare Diseases matters The last day of February was chosen as The World Rare Disease Day - because it is a rare day in itself, that every four years we get an extra day. 2024 is indeed a Leap Year so we celebrate this World Rare Disease Day with special emphasis… Read More

3 Country Study Tour on Integrated Care

By Admin / April 19, 2024

19/04/2024 – 26/04/2024 @ All Day –

The 3 Country Study Tour on Community-based Integrated Care of Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland seeks to examine the leadership and management of community-based initiatives for integrated care.

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‘Free to Be’ through Proactive and Preventative Technology Enabled Care

By Niamh Daly Day / February 16, 2024
‘Free to Be’ through Proactive and Preventative Technology Enabled Care Since 1971, Bield Housing & Care have been developing housing and services to enable Scotland's older people to live the life they want.  Our brand promise, ‘Free to Be', sums up our firm belief that older people should have the freedom to make their own… Read More

Reimagining the future of health and care

By Niamh Daly Day / February 12, 2024
Reimagining the future of health and care Scotland’s health and care system is increasingly under strain in the face of multiple crises, in particular climate change, the cost of living, the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and persistent health inequalities. Now is the time to look at how we do things differently. This means not just… Read More

iSIMPATHY- improving quality, safety and value for people taking multiple medicines

By Niamh Daly Day / January 29, 2024
iSIMPATHY- improving quality, safety and value for people taking multiple medicines Populations are ageing and many people over the age of 50 years live with multiple long-term conditions and as a result take multiple medications (otherwise known as polypharmacy). Medication is the single most common healthcare intervention and generates the third highest cost of health… Read More

New Year, New Ambition for Shared Accountability for Care in Scotland

By Niamh Daly Day / January 10, 2024
New Year, New Ambition for Shared Accountability for Care in Scotland Last year the Scottish Parliament debated a framework Bill to establish a National Care Service (NCS). From the outset I’ve suggested we should be more ambitious than creating a new care service. In the face of increasing fiscal challenges our public sector reform must… Read More

Moving forward with Community Partnership in Highland

By Niamh Daly Day / January 10, 2024
Moving forward with Community Partnership in Highland In early November 2023, the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) attended the Community Partnership Conference in Inverness, which brought together members of the third sector, health and social care professionals, and council leaders in Highland to encourage collaborative working, share ideas and concerns, and build… Read More

IFIC Scotland – Connect, Empower, Inform, Inspire and Enable

By Niamh Daly Day / December 21, 2023
IFIC Scotland - Connect, Empower, Inform, Inspire and Enable In 2023, IFIC Scotland welcomed Bield Housing, Carers Scotland, National Services Scotland and Scottish Care’s Partners for Integration team to our expanded reference network of local and national partners. We also had a fruitful meeting with the Director from the Glasgow Centre for Population Health about… Read More

Making Rights Real for Every Child in Scotland

By Niamh Daly Day / November 8, 2023
Making Rights Real for Every Child in Scotland Scotland continues to take a significant step forward for human rights in Scotland, as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) Bill is reconsidered by the Scottish Parliament. The Bill will incorporate children’s human rights into Scots law and will make rights real… Read More

Putting human rights at the heart of planning and commissioning

By Niamh Daly Day / October 2, 2023

We are pleased to share our third report on Compassionate Inverclyde, a multi-award-winning social movement established as the first Compassionate Community in Scotland

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Integrated Care Matters Webinars Series 8: Care Closer to Home

By Miriam Galvin / October 11, 2023

11/10/2023 – 19/06/2024 @ All Day –

IFIC Scotland and partners are delighted to announce the first webinar in our Integrated Care Matters Series 8. This series will consider acute hospital care can be a complex and potentially harmful experience for people with complex care and support needs. Multiple ward moves increase the risk of delirium and deconditioning, prolong length of hospital stay and reduce the likelihood of return home.

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Compassionate Inverclyde launch report – Realising the Value of Kindness

By Miriam Galvin / September 12, 2023

We are pleased to share our third report on Compassionate Inverclyde, a multi-award-winning social movement established as the first Compassionate Community in Scotland

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Reducing vacancy rates in the social care sector requires funded research now

By Niamh Daly Day / May 29, 2023
Reducing vacancy rates in the social care sector requires funded research now As an academic who thinks that research can have a positive impact I am always seeking the core challenges worthy of research, and the money to do that research properly. At a recent conference on the future of Social Care in Scotland I… Read More
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IFIC Scotland Integrated Care Matters: Webinar Series 7

By Miriam Galvin / September 21, 2022

21/09/2022 – 01/03/2023 @ All Day –

IFIC Scotland and partners are delighted to announce the first webinar in our Integrated Care Matters Series 7. This series will consider innovations in holistic and personalised approaches to integrated care and support.

Each webinar will be accompanied by a topic resource with links to further information. All who register will receive links to the recordings and topic resources.

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IFIC Scotland: Looking through the Rear Mirror

By Admin / December 21, 2022
As we reflect on 2022 our highlight was undoubtedly reconnecting with IFICs global community at ICIC22. Marie Curran supported IFICs communications team by recording voices of lived experience from across the globe to ground the opening plenary. Vicki Cloney and Ann Wardlaw were runners up in the Patient and Caregiver award for their paper about… Read More

A look back on Self Management Month 2022: Celebrating Change

By Niamh Daly Day / October 13, 2022
         A look back on Self Management Month 2022: Celebrating Change The ALLIANCE hosts a national self management awareness raising campaign each year. This year, it took the form of Self Management Month , running throughout September and focusing on Celebrating Change as its central theme. Throughout the month, we hosted a… Read More

Helen Rainey

By Niamh Daly Day / July 27, 2022

Lecturer at School of Health and Life Sciences at University of the West of Scotland

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Health and Social Care Reform in Scotland – What Next?

By Niamh Daly Day / January 27, 2022

Health and Social Care Reform in Scotland – What Next?   A New Year is a time for reflecting on achievements, identifying new goals and making resolutions for the year ahead. This year, our resolutions are all about the 3 Rs: Recovering health, mental wellbeing, social and economic activities for people and communities; Remobilisation of…

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Sing the Change: What a Wonderful World Connected and Distant

By Niamh Daly Day / November 2, 2021

Sing the Change: What A Wonderful World Connected and distant After eighteen months of restrictions and working from home with the daily commute from bedroom to workstation feeling the norm it was time to surface and try something new. For this I joined the Rock Choir and turned up to taster session not really knowing…

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Journeying towards a Compassionate Community

By Niamh Daly Day / October 7, 2021

Earlier this year, we published our first blog “Reflections in a Time of Crisis: What it Takes to Manage and Lead Integrated Systems of Care”. In our second blog, we expand on the leadership lessons we are learning during the COVID-19 pandemic and consider how leadership and management are changing to shape the future of integrated care and, ultimately, population health.

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Community Hospitals: Embedding Covid-19 positive impact changes through shared learning

By Miriam Galvin / June 29, 2021
Community Hospitals (CH) made important contributions during the Covid-19 response, demonstrating flexibility, resilience and innovation. CH are local hospitals, often rural, with around 500 throughout the UK. The Community Hospitals Association (CHA) wanted to share this learning and was successful in accessing funding for this project. The project aims to describe, support and promote innovation… Read More

The Future’s Bright, The Future’s Integrated

By Miriam Galvin / April 27, 2021
As I reflect on my tenure as chair of the Chief Officer Group, Health and Social Care Scotland (HSCS), I’m reminded of the prophetic final words in my previous Chair’s Report, ‘2020 will be perhaps the most challenging year in our integrated landscape. Marshaled well, it will capture the best of us and help create… Read More

iSIMPATHY: Making Medication Personal

By Miriam Galvin / March 16, 2021
The average person aged over 70-years lives with at least three long term conditions and is likely to take multiple medications. Our outlook on life can change as we get older. Older people often express what matters most to them in terms of relationships and autonomy. How might what’s important to them impact on the… Read More

IFIC Scotland Publications and Reports

By Miriam Galvin / March 2, 2021
Integrated Care in Scotland Scotland’s integrated care journey offers rich learning for other systems. Our key documents section  – has links to information on the key enablers for integrating health and social care in Scotland and different perspectives on progress and challenges. Policy The 2011 report of the Christie Commission on the Future Delivery of… Read More

Frailty Matters

By Miriam Galvin / February 25, 2021
IFIC Scotland’s end of year blog mentioned our ‘Frailty Matters’ project, funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing. I am pleased to share some more detail about this innovative collaboration between the ALLIANCE, NHS Ayrshire & Arran, the University of the West of Scotland (UWS), IFIC Scotland and the Queens Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS). Frailty… Read More

IFIC Scotland Team

By Admin / February 24, 2021
Meet the team Anne Hendry Director, IFIC Scotland; Honorary academic posts with UWS and University of Glasgow; Global Health Champion, NHS Lanarkshire; Deputy honorary secretary, British Geriatrics Society; ALLIANCE Academy board member Fiona Lyne Director of Communications International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) Mandy Andrew Senior Associate International Foundation for Integrated Care Associate Director Health… Read More

IFIC Scotland News

By Admin / February 24, 2021
News and Blogs IFIC’s Ageing and Frailty SIG collaboration at ICIC24May 22, 2024IFIC Scotland supporting multiple Special Interest Groups at ICIC24May 13, 2024Lifetime Achievement AwardMay 10, 2024Lived Experience Knowledge Hub launchedMarch 25, 2024Celebrating Scotland’s Third SectorMarch 14, 2024Social Care and Realistic Medicine: Realistic Screening in an Integrated Health and Social Care LandscapeMarch 14, 2024‘Free to… Read More

IFIC Scotland Newsletters

By Admin / February 23, 2021
Sign-up to our newsletters Past newsletters IC4IC Newsletter (July 2023)IC4IC Newsletter (July 2022)IC4IC Newsletter (January 2022)IC4IC Newsletter (June 2021)IC4IC Newsletter (October 2020)IC4IC Newsletter (April 2020)IC4IC Newsletter (January 2020)IC4IC Newsletter (June 2019)IC4IC Newsletter (June 2018)IC4IC Newsletter (January 2018)IC4IC Newsletter (August 2017) Read More

IFIC Scotland Programmes

By Admin / February 23, 2021
Programmes MSc Leading People-Centred Integrated Care Our MSc in Leading People-Centred Integrated Care is designed to provide a progressive pathway of Masters’ level study for people involved in planning, commissioning or providing care and support across health, social care, housing, independent and  third sectors, and for those who have a role in education, regulation, inspection… Read More

IFIC Scotland Events

By Admin / February 23, 2021
Events Integrated Care in Remote, Rural and Island Settings Meet the Authors Forum April 29th, 4 - 5.30pm (BST) The recording is available here. Downloads of the 9 papers and editorial are available at: https://www.emerald.com/insight/publication/issn/1476-9018/vol/32/iss/1 Hosts Prof Anne Hendry Director, IFIC Scotland Member of JICA Editorial Board and Guest Editor Prof Sarah-Anne Munoz Head of… Read More

IFIC Scotland SIGs

By Admin / February 23, 2021

IFIC Special Interest Groups led by IFIC Scotland and Partners Compassionate Communities Small Island Systems Self management and Co-production Ageing and Frailty Palliative and End of Life Care Intermediate Care Appropriate Polypharmacy & Adherence in Integrated Care

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IFIC Scotland Webinars

By Admin / February 23, 2021
Integrated Care Matters Webinars – Current Series Integrated Care Matters Webinars Series 8: Care Closer to Home 11/10/2023 - 19/06/2024     All Day Webinars ificscotland, upcoming IFIC Scotland and partners are delighted to announce the first webinar in our Integrated Care Matters Series 8. This series will consider acute hospital care can be a complex and… Read More

IFIC Scotland Partners

By Admin / February 23, 2021
Strategic Partners The International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC), the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) and the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on a shared mission. Co-creating a healthier future with individuals and communities by developing courageous and compassionate leaders and practitioners… Read More