The first transnational conference “Making the case for integrated community care” took place in Hamburg, Germany, on 24-26 September 2018. It aimed to:

  • develop a common understanding of the meaning of integrated community care;
  • demonstrate through evidence the positive impact that integrated community care can have on improving care experiences, tackling inequalities, promoting care outcomes as well as cost-effectiveness;
  • illustrate how integrated community care has been adopted in practice through established case examples as well as newly developed ‘promising practices’, including facilitated site visits to local innovations; and
  • explore the essential design elements in the provision of integrated community care that make the approach successful. This included a focus on care delivery models and core organisational issues such as management, funding, governance, information sharing and accountability.

Conference synthesis video

Conference synthesis video

Conference synthesis video

Conference synthesis video

John Howarth

Clinical leader, Integrated Care System of North Cumbria

Gisèle Maillet

Executive Director, Addiction and Mental Health Services Branch, Government of New-Brunswick, Canada

Anne-Françoise Berthon

French Ministry of Health, Ministerial delegation for innovation in health and care

Nick Goodwin

former CEO at International Foundation for Integrated Care

Sibyl Anthierens

Primary health care sociologist, University of Antwerp, Fund Dr. Daniël De Coninck

Case studies

NWGA (Netzwerk GesundAktiv)
Poliklinik Veddel
Health for Billstedt-Horn
Wellengang Hamburg and AG Jump
Port Büsum
PORT Healthcare Centre District of Reutlingen


From medicine to positive health: how can integrated community care contribute? Jean Macq, Université catholique de Louvain

Putting Community at the heart of Integrated Social Care: An Asset-Based Approach – Four essential elements of an asset-based approach, Cormac Russell, Nurture Development

An introduction to the German health and social system, Bernadette Klapper, Robert Bosch Stiftung