Newsletter 14
February 2022
A digest of successful transformation stories, news and other resources available on
The state of Integrated Care Systems 2021/22 

In view of the Integrated Care Boards expected to be set as statutory bodies from July 2022, this report, developed by the NHS Confederation’s Integrated Care Systems Network, seeks to assess the progress made across integrated care systems so far. It reflects the views of system leaders across England, both on where they feel they have progressed well and where improvements are needed. It also assesses the prospect of further progression over the coming years, outlining where system leaders believe there are opportunities and identifying key barriers to the success of systems in future.

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Health and Social Care Integration: Joining up Care for People, Places and Populations. White Paper

The government's proposals for health and care integration set 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.

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1st All-Ireland Conference on Integrated Care "Transforming Health and Social Care across Ireland: Delivering Lifelong People-Centred Care

In view of the policy frameworks developed to support the transition to a new integrated care system across the island of Ireland, IFIC Ireland in association with the International Foundation for Integrated Care presents “Transforming Health and Social Care across Ireland: Delivering Lifelong People-Centred Care” to take place on Thursday, 10 March 2022 in O’Reilly Hall University College Dublin.

This forum will enable those at the forefront of taking integrated care forward to share their experience, success and failures with others, to avoid the same mistakes being made, unnecessary duplication of effort and can help build commitment by enabling leaders to work together in a community of practice.

Introducing The Lancet Global Health Commission on Financing Primary Health Care: Putting People at the Centre

Despite the calls to action in the Declarations of Alma Ata and Astana, PHC is failing to meet the needs of the people who should be firmly at its centre. The way in which health systems are financed can drive changes in how services are delivered, for example by encouraging new models of provision and service delivery that are more people-centred than existing models.

How financing arrangements can enable PHC to reach its potential as the locus of people-centred care is the question addressed by the Lancet Global Health Commission on financing PHC in low-income and middle-income countries. 
Caring for Those who Care: Guide for the Development and Implementation of Occupational Health and Safety Programmes for Health Workers 

While contributing to the enjoyment of the right to health for all, health workers should also enjoy the right to healthy and safe working conditions to maintain their own health.

This guide, developed by the World Health Organization and the International Labour Organization, provides an overview of the necessary elements of occupational health and safety programmes at national, subnational and facility levels, as well as advice for the development and implementation of such programmes.
The Evolving Roles of Nurses Providing Care at Home: A Qualitative Case Study Research of a Transitional Care Team

Transitional care teams have been introduced to enable the seamless transfer of patients from acute-care to the home settings.

This study aimed to examine the roles of transitional care nurses in an integrated healthcare system and how the integrated healthcare system influences their evolving roles. 

What Constitutes "Good" Home Care for People with Dementia? An Investigation of the Views of Home Care Service Recipients and Providers

The lack of a clear understanding of what constitutes good care, particularly by those who give and receive care, affects our ability to design effective models of care, and to understand and measure how "effective" the care is.
This study aimed to describe the views of people receiving and providing care on what they consider to be "good" in-home care for people living with dementia.

Person-Centred Care Practices in Nursing Homes: Staff Perceptions and the Organizational Environment    

Person-centered care is considered the standard to assure quality of care and quality of life in long-term care, benefiting both residents and staff.

This study examines the associations between nursing home staff perceptions of person-centred care practices, the organizational system, and work-related attitude.

Caregiving and Caregiver Health One Year into the COVID-19 Pandemic (CUIDA-SE Study): A Gender Analysis

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of informal care and shown that women continue to shoulder the brunt of responsibilities in this area.

The aim of this study was to analyse differences in care provision and self-perceived health among informal male and female caregivers one year into the COVID-19 pandemic. The study specifically investigated the characteristics of care and the perceived consequences of the pandemic associated with the perceived health of caregivers in both sexes.

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Nurse Perceptions of a Nurse Family Liaison Implemented during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Qualitative Thematic Analysis

This study aimed to describe the experience of a nurse family liaison role implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic from the dual perspectives of nurses who functioned in the liaison role and ICU nurses who worked with the liaisons.

Knowledge gained from this study will facilitate an understanding of the unique contribution of this role during the pandemic.


3rd Global Nursing Congress 


With the theme “Challenges, Innovations, and Approaches in Nursing Education and Research”, the 3rd Global Nursing Congress will take place in London, on 24 and 25 March 2022.

This international conference is a place to showcase your great achievements in health research, service improvement and patient-centred care, and also a chance to learn from best practices from around the world.


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