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Launch of the ‘What is health and social care integration? Video

July 9, 2024

Launch of the ‘What is health and social care integration? Video The Integration Support team at the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) are delighted to announce the launch of the ‘What is health and social care integration?’ video. The video, which is aimed at a general audience, uses footage representative of the…

Thinking outside our own silos to strengthen integrated care for people living with a rare disease – a health system simulation workshop

July 5, 2024

Thinking outside our own silos to strengthen integrated care for people living with a rare disease – a health system simulation workshop Rare diseases are complex, life-long, and many have no definitive cure. People living with rare disease experience inequitable access to needed health care and require care from multiple health care teams and support…

IFIC’s Ageing and Frailty SIG collaboration at ICIC24

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…

Advancing Integrated Diabetes Care: Highlights from ICIC24

Advancing Integrated Diabetes Care: Highlights from ICIC24   In our recent International Conference on Integrated Care, we chaired different sessions under the topic of really relevant topics regarding non communicable conditions. During these sessions we explored various aspects of diabetes care, shedding light on innovative approaches and strategies aimed at improving outcomes for individuals living…

How our ecosystems align with ‘old’ versus ‘new’ power

May 20, 2024

How our ecosystems align with ‘old’ versus ‘new’ power My Learning goals for attending the conference: I am curious about what works in creating impact and what gets in the way, particularly at a psychological level.  My hope for the conference was to develop a deeper understanding of how nano, micro, meso, and macro system…

Portugal is now an integrated living Lab! Join us for ICIC25 in Lisbon 14-16 May 2025

May 16, 2024

Portugal is now an integrated living Lab! Join us for ICIC25 in Lisbon 14-16 May 2025 As we conclude the enriching sessions of ICIC24, I stand before you filled with gratitude and excitement. Gratitude for the insightful discussions and shared learnings, and excitement for the promising path ahead in advancing integrated care. I am thrilled…

Empowering Emerging Researchers and Practitioners in Integrated Care: A Recap and reflections on ERPIC activities at ICIC24

Empowering Emerging Researchers and Practitioners in Integrated Care: A Recap and reflections on ERPIC activities at ICIC24 Reflecting on the 24th International Conference on Integrated Care in Belfast, we are inspired by the wealth of knowledge shared and the meaningful connections made. The conference, as always, was a great experience and provided a platform for…

Remembering that people are the experts in their own lives

Remembering that people are the experts in their own lives Agewell (Mid and East Antrim Agewell Partnership) has had a long association with the International Foundation of Integrated Care, presenting online, taking part in webinars and attending the All-Ireland Conference last year. Our small charity organisation has always benefited from the knowledge and encouragement by…

The importance of a joined-up response to homelessness across hospital, primary care, and community services

The importance of a joined-up response to homelessness across hospital, primary care, and community services As the CANCERLESS project concludes its three-year initiative focusing on cancer prevention for people experiencing homelessness, we reflect on the lessons learned and the insights gained from our journey. Under the overarching theme of integrated care, the session hosted by…

A wee beacon of compassion, expertise, and tireless dedication

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…

The voices of those who have been silenced or ignored must be heard

The voices of those who have been silenced or ignored must be heard Reflecting on the joyful festival that is the 24th International Conference on Integrated Care, I find myself moved and motivated by the call to action that echoed through the halls. Amplifying Silenced Voices: At the core of integrated care lies a fundamental…

Winning hearts and minds! The time is now for recognizing the central role of carers in delivering Integrated Care

Winning hearts and minds! The time is now for recognizing the central role of carers in delivering Integrated Care Family carers[1] care for loved ones including children and adults with additional needs, physical or intellectual disabilities, frail older people, those with palliative care needs or those living with chronic illnesses, mental health challenges or addiction. They…

An enriching experience that left the IFIC Canada team invigorated and inspired

An enriching experience that left the IFIC Canada team invigorated and inspired The International Conference on Integrated Care (ICIC) in sunny Belfast was an enriching experience that left the IFIC Canada team invigorated and inspired. ICIC24 showed some important advancement in both the research and practice of integrated care globally. A Global Network The connections…

Reflecting on our lives and future careers through a different lens

May 14, 2024

Experience from the 24th International Conference on Integrated Care Before attending the International Conference on Integrated Care (ICIC24), we thought of health care providers as independent healers. However, following an 8-hour flight from Canada to Ireland, our perspectives changed for the better. Our names are Justin and Olivia, and we both recently finished our undergraduate…

Actioning person centred care – A new Special Interest Group advancing a global agenda to improve experience

Actioning person centred care – A new Special Interest Group advancing a global agenda to improve experience Person centred care – holistic care that treats a health or social service user with dignity and sees them as a full person with individual desires, preferences, and values – is often heralded as the way to improve…

An interstellar journey to integrated care

An interstellar journey to integrated care On the 20th April 2024, just two days before the ICIC24 conference kicked off, NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft returned data to Earth for the first time in five months[1]. Voyager 1 and its twin spacecraft Voyager 2 have been on an interstellar journey for more than 40 years. However,…

Belonging, trust and relationship-building – key takeaways words from ICIC24

Belonging, trust and relationship-building – key takeaways words from ICIC24 Attending the international conference was such a positive personal and professional experience.  This was my first time speaking at an international conference in my home city. It made me reflect on my past experiences and cultural norms and grateful for how far the peace process…

IFIC Scotland supporting multiple Special Interest Groups at ICIC24

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…

People are the most important factor in advancing digital solutions for health and care

People are the most important factor in advancing digital solutions for health and care It has been such an intense experience during ICIC24 in Belfast, to try to catch up with all of the amazing presentations linked to the digital integrated care pillar, that I really like! So many ideas, so many initiatives being implemented…

Lifetime Achievement Award

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…

Professional development in integrated care: Task and Finish Group at ICIC24

May 8, 2024

Professional development in integrated care: Task and Finish Group at ICIC24 The International Foundation for Integrated Care’s (IFIC) Integrated Care Academy has developed several continuing professional development (CPD) and other education and training programmes over the years. It has delivered these as stand-alone and in collaboration with partners. It has also promoted the work of…

What next for Integrated Care? A reflection on ICIC24

What next for Integrated Care? A reflection on ICIC24 Having had now a week or so to reflect on an intense and creative 3 days in Belfast, I find myself asking “what next?” The theme of the conference was “taking the leap – making integrated care a reality for people and communities”. We set out…

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…

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