International conference on Integrated Care
A major international conference on integrated care will be held in Dublin in May, with the work of ICPs highlighted in a series of presentations.
Running from 8 to 10 May, the conference brings together researchers, clinicians and managers from around the world who are engaged in the design and delivery of integrated health and social care. This year’s theme will focus on building for integrated care, delivering change that matters to people.
The conference is organised by the International Foundation of Integrated Care (IFIC), in partnership with the Health Service Executive in association with the 5th World Congress on Integrated Care.
This is a valuable opportunity for those working within Integrated Care Partnerships to share their progress and work to date and also to learn about models of integrated care from across the world.
Presentations highlighting the impact ICPs have made include Compassionate Communities, Nursing Home In-Reach and the vision for the model of working, which have been shortlisted for the International Integrated Care Award. Scored by the Scientific Committee, the best paper and runner-up awards will be announced at the Gala Dinner at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on Tuesday, 9 May.
The winner receives a trophy and and €1,000 in prize money. The runner-up will receive a certificate and €500 in prize money.
The full list of ICP presentations are as follows:
- Integrated Care Partnerships Northern Ireland – Leading Integration; Delivering Better Outcomes (Martin Hayes, Project Director, Health and Social Care Board)
- Compassionate Communities in the West (Linda Morris, Foyle Hospice)
A Compassionate Communities pilot project in Londonderry aimed at reaching out to people who have become isolated as a result of living with advanced illness. The pilot is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland and is funded by the Western Local Commissioning Group.
- Integrated Community Respiratory service in the West (Deborah Clifford and Paula Devine, Community Respiratory Team, Western Health and Social Care Trust)
An enhanced Trust-wide service offering an integrated pathway for the effective management of patients with respiratory illness within a range of settings, including their own home, clinics and GP practices.
- Nursing Home In- Reach in the North (Elizabeth Graham and Mandy Ellis, Northern Health and Social Care Trust)
This initiative focuses on very frail, older people living in nursing homes, who commonly experience a high level of attendance at Emergency Departments. Staff in nursing homes in the Antrim/Ballymena area receive specialist education, training and development programmes to enable them to provide more care for their residents in the home, which has already resulted in a one third reduction in the number of older people from nursing homes attending the Emergency Department
- Acute Care at Home in the South (Eamon Farrell and Roisin Toner, Southern Trust)
Focusing on people aged 75 years and over, this initiative provides patients with expert medical and social care in their own home.
- Integrated Falls Service in the South East (Dr Chris Leggett, GP, Julie Jess, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust and Ruth McNamara, Northern Ireland Ambulance Service)
A new co-ordinated service to reduce the risk of frail older people falling and to allow elderly patients to safely stay at home following a fall, instead of being admitted to hospital.
- Project ECHO NI (Professor Max Watson)
A new initiative, aimed at helping people with complex long term conditions, which trains GPs, nurses and other clinicians, via video conference, to provide more specialised care to patients in their local community.
More information about the conference is available at http://integratedcarefoundation.org/events/icic17-17th-international-conference-on-integrated-care-dublin