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Jan. 14, 2016 Global Event

16th International Conference on Integrated Care on Enabling People-Centred and Integrated Health and Social Care

The International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC), in partnership with PIAISS of the Catalan Government, Hospital Clinic Barcelona (HCB), Forum ITESSS and the Tic Salut Foundation will bring together researchers, clinicians and managers from around the world who are engaged in the design and delivery of integrated health and social care in the 16th International Conference on Integrated Care, that will take place in Barcelona, 23-5 May 2016. 


Early Bird promotion has been EXTENDED to 31 January by entering discount code “EARLYBIRD” in the promotional box and the Deadline for registrations is the 18 May.



If you are interesting in attending the Conference, visit the website for further information: http://integratedcarefoundation.org/events/icic16-16th-international-conference-on-integrated-care

May 25, 2016 Global Publication

ICIC16 – 16th International Conference on Integrated Care

The conference will be held in Barcelona from the 23th to the 25th of May and will bring together researchers, clinicians and managers from around the world who are engaged in the design and delivery of integrated health and social care. They will share experience and the latest evidence about integrating Public Health, Health and Social Care and the New roles and Possibilities for Hospitals, producing Positive and Curative Integrated Mental and Physical Care, mobilising key enablers like policy making and Mobile and Digital Health Solutions, and investment in an Integrated Care Workforce, clinical leadership and coproduction with individuals, careers, communities and populations.

The conference can follow with the hashtag #ICIC16 and will be streaming live to the global audience in English and Spanish. It is possible to take part in the discussions and ask questions to the speakers from your own home or from your institution as an individual ...

June 30, 2016 Europe Publication

Supporting integration through new roles and working across boundaries

In 2015, The King’s Fund was commissioned by NHS Employers and the Local Government Association to produce an independent report on boundary-spanning roles to support integrated care. The work aimed to identify examples of new roles being developed and an understanding of the evidence to support these roles, including impact, features of success and key challenges.

The key findings of the report are: 

  • Where new roles have emerged, they have mainly done so due to developments in practice or to fill gaps in provision.
  • There is a lack of evidence on the cost-effectiveness of new roles and the extent to which they improve patient outcomes.
  • There are a number of ways in which integrated care is being delivered without the explicit need for new boundary-spanning roles.
  • Engaging staff from the outset and building on the existing skills of the workforce can overcome cultural barriers between professionals and organisations to ...

Aug. 30, 2016 Europe Practice

House of Generations Schwaz: A one-stop shop for providing health and social services in Austria

The Municipality of Schwaz reorganized local health and social services around the purpose-built House of Generations; co-location of services increased coordination and improved access for vulnerable groups; shared living spaces, group activities and cooperative initiatives within the House of Generations generated a sense of community, fostering a supportive and inclusive environment for vulnerable groups; strong leadership helped forge effective partnerships with municipal and regional politicians through clearly communicating aims and objectives, contributing to the initiative’s successful development; extensive involvement and linkages with the wider community generated a new hub for community-based health and social services.

May 22, 2019 Europe Multimedia

Highlights from ICIC19 in San Sebastian

The 19th International Conference on Integrated Care took place from 1-3 April 2019 in San Sebastian and was attended by 1400 delegates representing 60 countries.

With the overarching theme ‘Evaluating and implement models of integrated people-centred services’, the conference is a partnership of OSAKIDETZA – Basque Health Service, Bioef, Ministry for Health of the Basque Government the City Council of Donostia-San Sebastian and the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa. The conference brought together researchers, clinicians and managers from around the world who are engaged in the design and delivery of integrated health and social care.

19th International Conference on Integrated Care (ICIC19) Highlights from Foundation for Integrated Care on Vimeo.

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March 25, 2020 Europe Publication

Can health and social care integration make long-term progress? Findings from key informant surveys of the integration Pioneers in England

All areas in England are expected by National Health Service (NHS) England to develop integrated care systems (ICSs) by April 2021. ICSs bring together primary, secondary and community health services, and involve local authorities and the voluntary sector. ICSs build on previous pilots, including the Integrated Care Pioneers in 25 areas from November 2013 to March 2018. This analysis tracks the Pioneers’ self-reported progress, and the facilitators and barriers to improve service coordination over three years, longer than previous evaluations in England. The paper aims to discuss these issues.

Nov. 24, 2020 Europe, Global Event

IFIC Ireland Webinar: Medium and Long-term Impact of COVID-19. Making Integrated Care Happen


The International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) Ireland hosts and facilitates a series of webinars titled ‘Making Integrated Care Happen’ which forms one of the key delivery mechanisms enabling knowledge mobilisation across all stakeholders with an interest in developing and implementing integrated care within the healthcare systems on the island of Ireland.


The last session in IFIC Ireland 2020 series will focus on the medium and long term impacts of COVID-19 on the person and the implications for health and social care delivery.

Prof Lynne Turner-Stokes, King's College London, Northwick Park Hospital - Long-term impacts of COVID-19 and meeting the needs for Rehabilitation (40 minutes) will present research and clinical understanding of how COVID-19 may continue to impact those diagnosed long after the initial course of the disease.

Anne O'Connor, Chief Operations Officer at Health Service Executive (HSE) - Impacts of COVID-19 on service delivery, design and integration (30 minutes ...

Nov. 26, 2020 Americas Publication

Enhanced Integrated Behavioral Health Model Improves Depressive Symptoms in a Low-Income, Uninsured, Primarily Hispanic Population Served by a Free and Charitable Clinic

Residents living in US-Mexico border communities have some of the worst health outcomes nationally. Rates of chronic disease such as obesity, diabetes, and related mortality in the Rio Grande Valley exceed those in most other regions of Texas and the nation. Poverty is pervasive, placing residents at high risk for poor health; they are more likely to be exposed to environmental hazards and have higher rates of chronic physical and mental health concerns.

At its foundation, integrated behavioral health care aims to address multiple health concerns, and related social determinants, by bringing behavioral health and primary care services together. No single model of integrated behavioral health care can be applied universally to health or social service settings; however, each approach is team-based and involves collaboration between multidisciplinary health and social service providers to achieve shared patient and community outcomes.

This randomized trial evaluated whether patients receiving enhanced integrated behavioral health ...

Feb. 8, 2021 Americas Publication

A Community Resource Navigator Model: Utilizing Student Volunteers to Integrate Health and Social Care in a Community Health Center Setting

While unmet social needs are major drivers of health outcomes, most health systems are not fully integrated with the social care sector to address them. 

This case study describes the development and implementation of a model utilizing student volunteer community resource navigators to help patients connect with community-based organizations. The authors then detail initial implementation outcomes and practical considerations for future work.


March 8, 2021 Europe Event

Integrated care in Europe: Keys, challanges and best practices

The unexpected events of the past year have led to a neglect of chronic conditions. We have witnessed a decline in the physical, mental, and emotional health of our older citizens in Europe.

Now more than ever, there is a need for an integrated approach to care, shifting the focus from a silo-based approach to social and health care delivery.

The Horizon 2020 ValueCare pilot site partners of Valencia, Spain, in coordination with the Covenant on Demographic Change are delighted to announce the international online event, free and open to the general public: INTEGRATED CARE IN EUROPE: KEYS, CHALLENGES AND BEST PRACTICES, to be held next 16th March 2021, from 09:30 to 11:30 hrs CET.

This event aims to raise awareness and increase knowledge of Integrated Care among the various stakeholders at a European level. It is a chance to impart the knowledge of experts in the ...

Feb. 14, 2022 Europe Publication

White paper. Health and social care integration: joining up care for people, places and populations.


This white paper is part of the government’s commitment to transform the delivery of care in England following the Prime Minister’s announcement on reforms for health and social care through the Build Back Better: Our Plan for Health and Social Care.

This white paper is part of a wider set of mutually reinforcing reforms:

It sets out measures needed to make integrated health and social care a universal reality for everyone across England regardless of their condition and to level up regardless of where they live.

Over the next few years, work will continue with national and local partners to deliver the best outcomes on joined-up health and care for people. Alongside concerted action at a place level, this package of initiatives will help to improve integration between ...

Feb. 22, 2022 Europe Publication

The state of integrated care systems 2021/22

An assessment of integrated care systems' progress in 2021/22, based on the views of system leaders across England

Though they have been in operation for several years in many parts of the country, integrated care systems (ICSs) across England are set to become new statutory bodies from July 2022. This will represent a significant shift in how health and care services are planned and delivered – away from the model of fragmentation and competition followed in previous decades (and reinforced through the Health and Social Care Act 2012), and towards one of collaboration between services.


“ICSs are a revolution in the mindset, not just a reorganisation of services.” A system leader


As we look ahead to July, this report seeks to assess the progress made so far. It presents the views of system leaders in autumn 2021, both on where they feel they have progressed well and where improvements are ...

March 17, 2022 Global Publication

Framework for countries to achieve an integrated continuum of long-term care

The framework for countries to achieve an integrated continuum of long-term care identifies key aspects necessary to achieve an integrated continuum of long-term care service provision and to facilitate the integration of long-term services within existing health and social care systems.

The framework will guide countries in assessing system-level components to implement sustainable and equitable long-term care actions. By applying this framework, countries can begin to develop and shape their long-term care systems as part of their universal health coverage programmes and promote investment in long-term care and the health workforce, including carers.

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March 9, 2023 Western Pacific Publication

Factors and Mechanism Influencing Client Experience of Residential Integrated Health and Social Care for Older People: A Qualitative Model in Chinese Institutional Settings

An emerging service delivery model of integrating health and social care for older people has been actively promoted by the Chinese government since 2016, but the client experience and influencing mechanism still remain unclear. Methods: this study adopts a qualitative methodology to delve deeper into the factors and mechanism shaping the client experience of residential integrated health and social care for older people in the Chinese context, so as to understand the experiences of older residents during the whole process of receiving integrated care services, and on this basis, put forward suggestions for the improvement of a high-quality aged care service system. We coded and analyzed the in-depth interview data of twenty older adults and six staff members from June 2019 to February 2020, recruited from six institutions in Changsha, one of the ninety pilot cities for integrated health and social care in China. Results: the findings showed that the ...

June 27, 2023 Americas Publication

Case study of an integrated health and social care initiative for geriatric patients in rural Alberta

Rural regions in Canada are aging faster than urban centers, but access to health and social care is limited. Integrated health and social care (IHSC) through collaboration across different health and social care organizations can support enhanced care for older adults living in rural regions. However, IHSC is not well understood within a rural Canadian context.