Newsletter 11
July 2021
A digest of successful transformation stories, news and other resources available on
EFPC 2021 BERGEN CONFERENCE. Primary and long-term care in the age of changing boundaries: policy, practice and imagination


The European Forum for Primary Care will be holding their annual conference next September 5 to 7, in beautiful Bergen (Norway). The conference will focus on the future of primary and long-term care, both proved crucial to providing quality of life and healthy life years rather than living longer.

In the current changing boundaries, with the COVID crisis as a accelerant of changes, we need to re-think our policies and enhance the practice. Through imagination we can explore different perspectives. Searching for different approaches has, for many years, led us to interesting new techniques in care provision like using art, sports or cooking. The same is valid when we try to teach or convince colleagues the various ways in which they can provide care for patients. A one-direction approach is very limited and will not have the same effect as using a variety of approaches.
A Cross-European Study of Informal Carer's Needs in the Context of Caring for Older People, and their Experiences with Professionals Working in Integrated Care Settings

Informal carers are increasingly relied on for support by older people and the health and social care systems that serve them. It is therefore important that health and social care professionals are knowledgeable about and responsive to informal carers’ needs.

This study explores informal carers’ own needs within the context of caregiving, and examines, from the informal carers’ perspective, the extent to which professionals assess, understand and are responsive to informal carers’ needs.

Can Integrated Care Help in Meeting the Challenges Posed on our Health Care Systems by COVID-19?

As part of the VIGOUR project, Sonja Lindner, from the Medical University of Graz, along with VIGOUR project partners have published a paper titled Can Integrated Care Help in Meeting the Challenges Posed on Our Health Care Systems by COVID-19? Some Preliminary Lessons Learned from the European VIGOUR Project, published in the International Journal of Integrated Care.

In this podcast we hear all about the writing of the paper with the Vigour project partners and, of course, what integrated care means to Sonja Lindner.

The Role of Primary Health Care in the COVID-19 Pandemic Response and Leading Equitable Recovery. High-Level Event


The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the urgent need to ensure continuous access to essential health services. In emergency situations, PHC plays a substantial role in prevention, preparedness, response and recovery, but it  also has a role to play in improving the equity of efforts to manage health emergencies and maintain health service access, with effective involvement of communities as partners.

Watch the global ministerial event, held last June 22, hosted by WHO, UNICEF and the Ministry of Health Care of Kazakhstan to reaffirm the importance of PHC in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and other health emergencies. The event also discusses
the PHC Operational Framework adopted last November 2020 to help countries implement the Declaration of Astana and build sustainable health systems based on PHC.
How Can Digital Solutions Support Self-Management

The proliferation of remote health monitoring options, reduced cost and time to delivery for mobile apps combined with a pressing need to reduce physical and social contacts in the time of a pandemic, has lead to swift implementation of innovative solutions.

This event, held last July 7, is part of IFIC Ireland's Realising Integrated Care 2021 webinar series, 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.

Find out how remote monitoring can benefit and/or challenge patients and clinicians, how it helps to create a partnership approach to health management between activated, engaged patients and supportive clinicians and healthcare workers, and what the future of self-management can look like in the context of enhanced support for remote outpatient interventions and monitoring

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