TransForm envisages four international conferences that will take place in Europe and Canada between 2018 and 2020.
The first conference “Making the case for Integrated Community Care”, grounded in both evidence and practical experience, makes the compelling case for investment in integrated community care as a policy priority to support effective, high-quality and sustainable care. The conference will take place in Hamburg, Germany, on 24-25-26 September 2018.
The conference “Towards people-driven care: engaging and empowering individuals, carers and families through integrated community care” focuses on examining the essential elements related to engaging and empowering people in the management of their own health and welfare in the context of where they live. This would include a focus on aspects that help people understand their talents and needs (e.g. health and care literacy, self-care, and access to health records).
The third conference “Building stronger communities through integrated community care” focuses on how to engage communities as pro-active co-producers of their health and how care systems can support an assets-based approach to community development. Specifically, the conference examines how to enable the participation and engagement of communities in decision-making, including an examination of responding to different cultural contexts and the building of social capital.
The final transnational conference “Making integrated community care a reality” will seek to assess how the spread and sustainability of integrated community care can be supported to achieve change at scale. It would also examine issues related to more effective evaluation methods to both demonstrate impact, but also to provide the essential information that can support quality improvements over time to enable integrated community care programmes to grow and mature.
Key learning outcomes
Participants attending the conference programmes will:
- Develop a common understanding of the meaning of integrated community care;
- Recognise the logic that links approaches to engaging and empowering people and communities as an essential component for the success of integrated community care projects;
- Appreciate the strength of the evidence in support of the different elements of integrated community care in relation to:
- – enhancing people’s experiences of care; – improving care quality and outcomes related to individuals and communities (with indicators at community level);- promoting cost-effectiveness in care delivery; and- contributing to the future sustainability of health and care systems.
- Learn from practical experiences of innovative case sites the design fundamentals that underpin the provision of integrated community care;
- Examine the practical methods and tools that enable the engagement and empowerment of patients, carers, families and communities as partners in care;
- Become familiar with how different partners in care may come together with local communities through new service models, including a focus on core organisational issues such as management, funding, governance, information sharing and accountability;
- Identify the many issues and challenges, especially with regard to cultural change, that will be faced in the implementation of integrated community care and the potential approaches and solutions that may be adopted to support transformational change;
- Value the essential role of policy and policy-making through sharing practice, promoting research and enabling legislation to the purpose of providing an enabling platform to support the adoptuion of integrated community care in practice;
- Identify the implications and challenges faced by different stakeholders (e.g. policy-makers; managers, professionals, community leaders, patients) when seeking to sustain and roll-out innovations in integrated community care.