Foundation Week – how it went
The Integrated Care Academy (ICA) launched at the end of May 2021 with a week of co-produced online events exploring and debating integrated care. 800 participants in 22 events contributed enthusiastically to taster training sessions and showcases presented by the ICA and people from across the health and care system. Discussion topics were wide-ranging, some touching people in personal ways, as well as promoting our thinking about how we support and improve integrated care.
For a full list of the events that took place during Foundation Week, please click here.
The breadth of topics covered highlighted the scale and complexity of integrated care. Of interest, four dominant themes emerged across the discussions:
1. The importance of compassion in care for better outcomes
2. The need for cultural change and consistency of this in every part of the system
3. Access to meaningful data and information for professionals and people
4. The challenge of identifying and meeting unreported needs.
• Over two sessions about care for older people, we explored how perceptions about ageing affect the capacity of staff and organisations to understand and meet the real needs. The ICA will tackle this issue via the UK’s first pilot site within the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) international network to promote person-centred integrated care for older people and their carers.
• Changing culture through education and training echoed across the week’s events. Integrated care is being built into all of the University’s undergraduate and postgraduate health and care courses as common indicative content, and the ICA’s leadership programmes, i.e. Integrated Care Fellowship for primary care clinicians and One Team programme for multidisciplinary teams.
• Discussions emphasised the challenge of accessing meaningful data that can lead to breakthroughs in service and workforce change. The ICA’s initiatives are working with innovative data analysis techniques, notably our collaboration with Health Education England’s National CLEAR Programme which equips clinicians with data visualisation tools and analytical skills to help transform the mental health workforce.
• The issue of unreported needs and link to inequalities was a cross-cutting theme across many discussions. The ICA is exploring the use of digital assessment tools, while its Co-production Hub will tap into the assets and knowledge of our local communities.
A clear message from Foundation Week was the value of the ICA in providing a platform for informal networking and partnerships. This will continue to develop over the following months as we build an ICA membership and offer programmes of activities.
The ICA will capitalise on the connections and offers made during Foundation Week through developing a digital platform that will support our networks.
Additionally, the ICA is embracing co-production as the way forward through its ‘Co-production Hub’. A summary of the ICA’s Delivery Plan has been published that sets out the aims and priorities for the ICA as well as its five core programmes and nine initiatives.
Please contact our Programme Office at email@example.com for a copy of the Summary Delivery Plan.