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Getting to the heart of integrated care

Professor Chantal Ski

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Professor Chantal Ski
Wednesday, 14 June 2023,
19:00 to 20:30
Waterfront Building, University of Suffolk, Neptune Quay, Ipswich, IP4 1QJ


Professor Chantal Ski’s inaugural lecture describes a journey spanning the last three decades of a career that has advocated a holistic approach to care, placing people at the centre. Professor Ski, Director of the Integrated Care Academy, is a psychologist who has invested many years in research and practice developing, evaluating and integrating psychosocial interventions across a range of chronic diseases, with a specific focus on heart disease. She will explore the inextricable link between the heart and mind, describe the challenges of debunking common myths and misconceptions associated with psychological aspects of heart disease, and suggest how ‘integrated care’ is an essential element to improving outcomes for people who use health and social care services.

Professor Ski will explain how the Integrated Care Academy, the first of its kind in the UK to formally join higher education (University of Suffolk), local authority (Suffolk County Council), integrated care (Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System), and voluntary and community (Healthwatch Suffolk, Suffolk Mind and others), is moving rapidly toward fulfilling its vison of ‘supporting best integrated care for all’.


Chantal F Ski is Professor and Director of the Integrated Care Academy at University of Suffolk (UoS). She is a psychologist (PhD, Deakin University) with over 30 years clinical and research experience in development and evaluation of health service models of care for patients and families affected by chronic disease, specialising in cardiovascular disease. Her foci are coproduction and patient-centred care. Prior to UoS she was Reader, Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) and Director of Centre of the Heart and Mind, Australia (2013-2017). Honorary positions and fellowships include Associate Professor, University of Melbourne and Flinders University, Australia; Visiting Professor, QUB; Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology.

Professor Ski has made significant contributions to: synthesising and evaluating the evidence for holistic management of mental health and wellbeing of those affected by long-term conditions, and in designing, evaluating and integrating ‘optimal health programmes’ for patients and their informal caregivers into existing health services. She has over 150 publications and been recipient of over £17M in competitive research funding. Prof Ski believes that the Integrated Care Academy, a unique alliance between UoS, Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System, Suffolk City Council, and the voluntary and community sector represented by Healthwatch, Suffolk Mind and others offers huge potential to be responsive to local needs by transforming health and social care services to promote health equality and improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.


The lecture commences at 18:00, with teas and coffees from 17:30