The Building Blocks of Integrated Care webinars

The International Foundation for Integrated Care in association with Edgehill University are presenting a series of webinars, The Building Blocks of Integrated Care.

IFICThe webinars started on 22 October and will run until March 2016, in the lead up to a public lecture on 14 April 2016 at Edgehill University by Professor Jon Glasby entitled If integration is the answer, what was the question? What next for health and social care partnerships.  The webinars are targeted at all those interested in improving their core knowledge of integrated care principles and techniques. Webinars will draw on academic research and practical examples.

View the film, Understanding Integrated Care presented by Dr Nick Goodwin, CEO, International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC).

Integrated care has long emerged as a viable approach to overcome deficiencies in the care management for people with chronic diseases and frail elderly, while at the same time improving efficiency, quality and effectiveness of the health services provided. The focus has been on better coordination and integration among health sectors to manage specific diseases. However it has become evident that to provide truly people-centred services that promote health, the scope of integrated care needs to be expanded to bridge the gaps not only within the health system, but also between the health and social system, among others. These aspirations necessitate the overcoming of many boundaries, most notably between different professions, different organisations and different attitudes.

The many experiences across Europe and around the world have demonstrated that it does not suffice to tackle only one of these barriers, but that sustainable solutions need a multi-faceted approach which changes the processes and structures of service delivery just as much as the culture and attitudes of professionals involved. Most importantly, patients, families and communities need to be actively involved in this process  to ensure that their needs are met and their voices heard. And while a lot of efforts are put into the technicalities of integrated care, building the competencies necessary to work in and manage an integrated environment are often neglected.

This webinar series will give a comprehensive overview of the different building blocks of integrated care, touching all of the above-mentioned elements and illustrating the concepts with numerous practical examples from around the world. By mixing presentations with live question and answer sessions, participants will also have the chance to ask burning questions in a relaxed and safe environment. Background material and recommended reading lists will also be available for download.

The webinar series will:

  • provide a comprehensive overview of the principles, models and building blocks of integrated care
  • highlight the financial, organisational, political and cultural aspects, which have to be taken into account when designing and implementing integrated care
  • understand and identify challenges on different levels (patient to system; local to international)
  • illustrate pitfalls, lessons learned and success stories of integrated care initiatives with cases around the world.

The webinars will all take place at 2pm – 3.30pm. They are free to attend although you must register in advance. There are limited number of spaces so if closer the time you find you are not able to make it please cancel your place to allow someone else to take up the spot. 

Dates for your diary

Click on individual sessions to register for only that session or to attend the full course of webinars click on the button below.

Wednesday 9 December 2015 – Competencies for Integrated Health and Social Care (Dr Viktoria Stein, Head of the Integrated Care Academy©, International Foundation for Integrated Care) 

Wednesday 27 January 2016 – Integration between Health and Social Care: Bridging the Divide, Building Common Values (Robin Miller, Senior Fellow and Director of Consultancy, Health Services, Management Centre, University of Birmingham)

Wednesday 24 February 2016 – Financial Incentives to Stimulate Integration of Care in Europe (Dr Apostolos Tsiachristas, Senior Researcher, Health Economics Research Centre, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford)

Wednesday 16 March 2016 – Supporting People’s Empowerment and Engagement in Health and Care (Dr Lourdes Ferrer, Director of Programs, International Foundation for Integrated Care)

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