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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…

IFIC Scotland: Looking through the Rear Mirror

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…

Focusing on people, families, and communities in Latin America (IFIC LatAm)

In Latin America, a participatory process has been developed, promoted by an enthusiastic group of people with diverse academic and professional backgrounds, with experience in integrated care and health systems, from various universities, research centers, foundations, associations, networks, as well as other people who get involved as independent professionals. IFIC LatAm makes a decisive contribution…

IFIC Ireland – a year of change and growth

After the pandemic held back our in-person activity, this year was a great opportunity to build on our remote activity and create new opportunities for integrated care in Ireland. All-Ireland Conference for Integrated Care in Dublin In March, we held the first annual All-Ireland Conference for Integrated Care in Dublin. This in-person event was a…

A busy year for IFIC supporting a range of EU-funded projects

PROCare4Life PROCare4Life over 2022 could analyse the results of pilot 2 and launch pilot 3, supported by a multilingual survey to expand the knowledge about its future users' preferences. After COVID19, we could finally meet in person in Madrid Consortium meeting. Specific multimedia training materials were created, to support the additional and refined functionalities that…

Merative launches their new white paper ‘Shifting to people-centred care with co-ordinated health and social outcomes’

November 21, 2022

Merative launches their new white paper 'Shifting to people-centred care with co-ordinated health and social outcomes' What is the best way to achieve outcomes for people with complex health and social needs? Merative think it’s a shift to people-centred care with co-ordinated health and social outcomes (CHSO). Read the new white paper outlining 6 key…

UNICA4EU Press Release launched!

November 18, 2022

UNICA4EU Press Release launched! The consortium of UNICA4EU: Towards a UNIque approach for artificial intelligence data-driven solutions to fight Childhood cAncer FOR Europe is delighted to announce the start of this joint initiative, selected and granted by the European Commission. Childhood Cancer represents the leading cause of death from disease for children and teenagers in…

Effectively Addressing Diabetes

November 14, 2022

Effectively Addressing Diabetes Douglas Tynan PhD., Sidney Kimmel Medical School, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia PA Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood glucose. Hyperglycemia, also called raised blood…

Educational Determinants of Health

October 26, 2022

Educational Determinants of Health If you work in healthcare anywhere in the world, and I ask you about how your organization is retaining its clinical workforce, I’ll bet you’d respond with one of the following: an enormous sigh, a hearty laugh, or (god forbid) a quip about how “no one wants to work anymore.”  …

A look back on Self Management Month 2022: Celebrating Change

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…

World Mental Health Day 2022 – Please, No More Mental Health Service Silos!

October 10, 2022

World Mental Health Day 2022 – Please, No More Mental Health Service Silos! David Burke, Senior Staff Specialist and Clinical Lead in Older People’s Mental Health at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney and Associate Professor, Discipline of Psychiatry, the University of Notre Dame There is no health without mental health (WHO, 2005); so, mental health for…

Healing Hearts and Communities: the power of compassion

October 7, 2022

Healing Hearts and Communities: the power of compassion Silvia Librada Flores, New Health Foundation This Sunday, 9th October is World Hospice and Palliative Care Day with the theme ‘Healing Hearts and Communities’[1]. It is a beautiful theme that refers to the concepts of compassion and Compassionate communities, which are now core pillars of palliative care…

Building health and care system resilience and recovery

September 22, 2022

Building health and care system resilience and recovery Niamh Lennox-Chhugani, Edelweiss Aldasoro and Alejandro Gil Salmeron In April 2020, one month after many countries across the world went into lockdown and health and care systems in many countries were dealing with the consequences of the pandemic, the International Foundation for Integrated Care launched a webinar…

World Alzheimer´s Day: The spotlight is on post-diagnostic support

September 21, 2022

World Alzheimer´s Day: The spotlight is on post-diagnostic support Nereide Curreri, MSc, PhD September 21st is World Alzheimer's day. In 1994 on September 21st the association Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) celebrated their 10th anniversary by inaugurating the first World Alzheimer's day. The day brings awareness: a spotlight on dementia, on the people living with dementia,…

Recent OECD Publication: International comparisons of the quality and outcomes of integrated care: Findings of the OECD pilot on stroke and chronic heart failure

August 4, 2022

Recent OECD Publication: International comparisons of the quality and outcomes of integrated care: Findings of the OECD pilot on stroke and chronic heart failure OECD Health Working Paper No. 142, May 2022, Eliana Barrenho, Philip Haywood, Candan Kendir and Niek Klazinga Across OECD countries, two in three people aged over 65 years live with at…

Leading an innovative approach to prevention, community care and integration of care in Ireland – Online Workshop at ICIC22

July 15, 2022

Leading an innovative approach to prevention, community care and integration of care in Ireland – Online Workshop at ICIC22 Sláintecare Department of Health & HSE in association with IFIC Ireland as part of 22nd International Conference on Integrated Care The Sláintecare Action Plan 2019 established the building blocks for a significant shift in the way…

More than structures – the introduction of Regional Health Areas in Ireland

April 19, 2022

More than structures – the introduction of Regional Health Areas in Ireland  Dr Niamh Lennox-Chhugani, Chief Executive, International Foundation for Integrated Care.    The Department of Health in Ireland published the long-awaited business case for the establishment of Regional Health Areas (RHAs) this week as Cabinet approved the case. The Chief Executive of the Health…


World Health Worker Week April 4 – 8, 2022
Build the Health Workforce Back Better

April 7, 2022

Time is what the Health Workforce mostly need IFIC wants to join organisations and people around the world to celebrate the World Health Worker Week and acknowledge the efforts that our health and care workforce have been making to embrace the contemporary challenges of our care systems. Our workforce are bearing the brunt of the…

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New Podcast: Niamh Lennox-Chhugani, IFIC CEO speaks with Tara French from NHS Scotland and Chaloner Chute from Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre, Scotland

March 21, 2022

We are delighted to announce that we have just published a new podcast. In our most recent podcast, Niamh Lennox-Chhugani, IFIC CEO speaks with Tara French from NHS Scotland and Chaloner Chute from Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre, Scotland. It was very exciting to discuss digital solutions and so much more in the Scottish…


Consequences of war for people: destroyed continuity of care now, lack of care provision later

March 16, 2022

Consequences of war for people: destroyed continuity of care now, lack of care provision later Since 24th February 2022, we have all seen the images from Ukraine. At the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC), our thoughts are with the Ukrainian people and most particularly with people living with long-term care needs, their family, carers…


Developing a new model of information systems and Electronic Health Records in Catalonia

February 16, 2022

Developing a new model of information systems and Electronic Health Records in Catalonia Dr Josep Vidal-Alaball, Head of the Central Catalonia Primary Care Innovation and Research Unit, Institut Català de la Salut    Catalonia, located in the northeast Spain and with a population of 7.7 million habitants, has a health care system that provides publicly…


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