At the 15th International Conference on Integrated Care in Edinburgh May 2015, both the Cabinet Secretary and the COSLA spokesperson for Health and Wellbeing welcomed 500 delegates from 40 nations at a landmark moment in Scotland’s integration journey. During the conference, representatives from the Scottish Government, national health and care organisations, and the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) considered how they may work together to enhance education, knowledge transfer, research and enterprise on integrated care. Partners proposed the development of a Centre for Integrated Care in Scotland, hosted by an academic institution, and established with policy, delivery, academic, third sector and international partners.
Following on from the conference and building on the success of the BA (Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care programme; the University of West Scotland (UWS) convened an Advisory Board on Integrated Health and Social Care to inform the further development of a cross-school portfolio on integrated care. The Advisory Board discussed the broader benefits of collaboration beyond the university and endorsed the proposal to establish a centre of excellence on integrated care bringing together academic, policy and delivery partners from Scotland alongside other international partners. The Centre, hosted within the School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery at UWS, was officially launched on Friday 19th May as the International Centre for Integrated Care. Pictures from the event are below.
A significant element of the work of the International Centre for Integrated Care will be undertaken in partnership with IFIC. UWS will enter into a formal agreement to establish and develop, for mutual benefit, an IFIC Scotland collaboration within the Centre.
The Centre will host, oversee and seek to generate income to support and extend IFIC Scotland’s portfolio. The Centre will also provide a platform for the delivery of education and training activities through IFIC’s Integrated Care Academy, invest in a co-ordinator to support activities including generating content for an IFIC Scotland web presence and promote UWS’ contribution to international research and knowledge collaborations on integrated people-centred care.
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