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World Health Day: Integrated Care – an unfinished project

April 5, 2024

World Health Day Integrated Care - an unfinished project 7 April 2024 Dr. Niamh Lennox-Chhugani & Prof. Áine Carroll As we approach WHO World Health Day 2024 with its theme of My health – My right, the emphasis across the world, is on securing access to quality healthcare for all against a backdrop of inequality…

Lived Experience Knowledge Hub launched

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…

Celebrating Scotland’s Third Sector

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.…

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

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…

Why Integrated Care for Rare Diseases matters

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…

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

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…

Reimagining the future of health and care

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…

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

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…

IFIC Australia – Building on the Momentum of 2023

January 18, 2024

The twin challenges of last summer’s bushfires, swiftly followed by the COVID-19 pandemic, have exposed critical bottlenecks and vulnerabilities in the Australian health system


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

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…

Moving forward with Community Partnership in Highland

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…

A Revival Year for IFIC Australia

December 21, 2023

The twin challenges of last summer’s bushfires, swiftly followed by the COVID-19 pandemic, have exposed critical bottlenecks and vulnerabilities in the Australian health system


IFIC continues collaboration across the EU in 2023

PROCare4Life PROCare4Life came to a successful conclusion this year with a final event at ICIC24. This project has deepened the understanding of technological solutions for neurodegenerative care. Check out procare4life.eu to see the lessons we have to share from the project. CareMatrix With CareMatrix, we launched our testing phases following an incredibly successful tender period.…

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

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…

IFIC Ireland – building momentum towards ICIC24 in Belfast

IFIC Ireland – building momentum towards ICIC24 in Belfast It has been an extremely busy and exciting year for IFIC Ireland with conferences, webinars, speaking engagements, study tours and our Accelerated learning programme. See some updates on the year we had and upcoming activities below. IFIC Ireland National forum (AICIC23) The All-Ireland Conference on Integrated…

IFIC Canada – distributed leadership at every level

IFIC Canada – distributed leadership at every level IFIC Canada is committed to distributed leadership at every level, curating knowledge, and fostering the shifts in mindset, behaviors, and capabilities to advance integrated care and population health at scale.  We mobilize this change through our virtual community, international events, workshops, and strategic initiatives. Virtual Community Through…

IFIC Integrated Care Academy grows its learning portfolio in 2023

December 20, 2023

IFIC Integrated Care Academy grows its learning portfolio in 2023 In 2023 the Integrated Care Academy welcomed its fifth and sixth cohorts of the Online Certificate in Integrated Care with over 150 participants representing 25 countries and 5 continents. Our programmes are unique as they welcome all people in partners in care. The breadth and spread of this global cohort is…

Looking Back on 2023: Reaches of IFIC LatAm during 2023

Looking Back on 2023: Reaches of IFIC LatAm during 2023 Thanks to the commitment of each member of IFIC LatAm and participating individuals, IFIC LatAm has demonstrated significant results, as evidenced in the 12 regular sessions held throughout the year. The achievements are presented according to IFIC LatAm's strategic areas: Consolidation of the IFIC LatAm…

Part Two: Reflections on the IFIC Online Certificate course

December 12, 2023

Part Two: Reflections on the IFIC Online Certificate course The IFIC course explained at a conceptual level this very ambitious and radical vision for how all nations can find ways to better integrate their Health and Social Care (H&SC) systems to give people a comprehensive continuum of quality care. This requires H&SC fixing service fragmentation…

Part One: Reflections on the IFIC Online Certificate course

December 7, 2023

Part One: Reflections on the IFIC Online Certificate course As a cohort, the participants on the course came from diverse professional backgrounds, with many different continents, health systems and ethnicities represented. The voices which were most prominent were those closer to home from Ireland and Scotland which is seen as leading on Integrated Care (IC).…

Call from the Medical Research Journal for health experts from the Latin American and Caribbean region

November 28, 2023

Call from the Medical Research Journal for health experts from the Latin American and Caribbean region From the Latin American Node for Integrated Care (IFIC LatAm), we share the call from the Medical Research Journal for health experts in the Latin American and Caribbean region to submit research articles on achieving universal health coverage, reducing…

Making Rights Real for Every Child in Scotland

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…

I still recall our last summer

October 11, 2023

June 2023 was the date for the comeback of the face-to-face International Summer Schools on Integrated Care (ISSIC23 and ISSIC23_E). In the past years, considering the challenges of meeting face-to-face and with the intention of providing access to Integrated Care training worldwide, the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) has focused on strengthening its virtual learning opportunities.


What can integrated care learn from Pep Guardiola´s modern European football? A midsummer holiday´s read

October 3, 2023

What can integrated care learn from Pep Guardiola´s modern European football? A midsummer holiday´s read Arturo Alvarez-Rosete (IFIC Senior Researcher) The afternoon after the closure of this year´s International Summer School on Integrated Care (ISSIC23), my colleague Edelweiss Aldasoro and I went for a well-deserved walk around Oxford, stopping eventually at the famous Blackwell´s Bookshop…

Putting human rights at the heart of planning and commissioning

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


The gap between vision and practice – Merative asks ‘how can health and social protection organisations collaborate to improve people’s lives and boost operational efficiency’

September 13, 2023

The gap between vision and practice - Merative asks 'how can health and social protection organisations collaborate to improve people's lives and boost operational efficiency' Our partner, Merative, recently shared a article titled 'Prioritising outcomes: a framework for coordinating complex cases across health and social protection services'. Merative asked 'how can health and social protection…

Compassionate Inverclyde launch report – Realising the Value of Kindness

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


Introduction to Greg Stewart – IFIC Australia Chair

August 22, 2023

IFIC Ireland, in partnership with the Health Service Executive Ireland, is collecting and mapping documented implementations of integrated health and care across the island of Ireland


Value-based Healthcare

August 16, 2023

IFIC Ireland, in partnership with the Health Service Executive Ireland, is collecting and mapping documented implementations of integrated health and care across the island of Ireland


Integrated Care Initiatives Publication Opportunity

August 8, 2023

IFIC Ireland, in partnership with the Health Service Executive Ireland, is collecting and mapping documented implementations of integrated health and care across the island of Ireland


The International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) is delighted to be a partner in the EU Health Coalition and support the Coalition’s Manifesto for a Healthier Europe

July 17, 2023

The International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) is delighted to be a partner in the EU Health Coalition and support the Coalition’s Manifesto for a Healthier Europe The International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) is delighted to be a partner in the EU Health Coalition and support the Coalition’s Manifesto for a Healthier Europe. This…

Looking back on ICIC23 in Antwerp 22 – 24 May 2023

July 7, 2023

Looking back on ICIC23 in Antwerp 22 – 24 May 2023   It has now been almost two months since we held the 23rd International Conference on Integrated Care in Antwerp. The conference, in partnership with Flanders Agency for Health and Care and Visit Flanders, was attended by a total of 1,247 in person delegates…

Niamh Lennox-Chhugani presents to the UK House of Lords Integration of Primary and Community Care Committee

July 6, 2023

Niamh Lennox-Chhugani presents to the UK House of Lords Integration of Primary and Community Care Committee Our Chief Executive, Dr Niamh Lennox-Chhugani, was honoured to be invited to give evidence to the UK House of Lords Integration of Primary and Community Care Committee on 26 June. You can see the evidence session full on Parliamentlive.tv.…

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

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…

How far do you feel we have advanced in providing continuous and coordinated care?

May 11, 2023

How far do you feel we have advanced in providing continuous and coordinated care? This is the question that we are asking this year through our Annual IFIC Survey 2023, which has been running for a few weeks now. So, if you haven´t done it yet, please take part in the survey below and share…

Integrated Care – Redesigning how we work in healthcare

April 3, 2023

Integrated Care - Redesigning how we work in healthcare Dr Susan Kent, Associate Professor Dublin City University (DCU) IFIC Senior Associate IFIC is delighted to celebrate World Health Worker Week with people and organisations globally. Earlier this month the WHO announced the end of the global Covid-19 pandemic[1]. Health workforces and organisations could be forgiven…

IFIC is delighted to announce the appointment of David John Harrison to the Board

March 2, 2023

David Harrison, Director and independent healthcare consultant has a public-sector management, economics and commercial background.  He is a qualified chartered accountant and MBA who has worked extensively in the public and private sectors. Since leaving the public sector in 2010, David has established a portfolio career, blending independent consultancy, interim senior management roles, non-executive directorships…

Integrated Care Perspective for Children with Cancer

February 15, 2023

Integrated Care Perspective for Children with Cancer Norbert Graf, Saarland University Hospital Today, Wednesday 15th February is with International Childhood Cancer Day. Professor Dr. Norbert Graf, medical director of the Department for Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Saarland University Hospital, reminds us of the needs of children and families with cancer and the importance of…

The Waterloo Health and Wellbeing Peer Education Program

January 12, 2023

In 2021, Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) participated in the IFIC Autumn School. Over the week, a group comprising SLHD staff, NSW Department of Communities and Justice Housing staff, non-government agencies, social housing tenants and other community members were tasked with designing an integrated care intervention to better support the health and wellbeing needs of residents of the Waterloo social housing estate, in inner Sydney NSW, and improve communication between services and residents.

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Another record-breaking year at IJIC

December 21, 2022

More than 200 submissions were received and almost 100 papers published during 2022. The 20th anniversary editorial has been published, following the launch of the special issue. Always Look on the Bright Side – Lessons Learned from Another Decade of Integrating Care (ijic.org) At ICIC22, IJIC hosted a very successful World Café session dedicated to…

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