TransForm envisages four international conferences that will take place in Europe and Canada between 2018 and 2021. The conferences are based around expert lectures, illustrative case studies and theme-based workshops. The study visits to ‘promising practices’ of ICC will provide insights into different approaches to ICC that have been put into practice in various settings.
The first conference “Making the case for Integrated Community Care”, grounded in both evidence and practical experience, made the compelling case for investment in integrated community care as a policy priority to support effective, high-quality and sustainable care. The conference took 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” focused 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 includes 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” focused 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 examined 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 fourth transnational conference will seek to assess how the spread and sustainability of integrated community care can be supported to achieve change at scale. It will analyse the key lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic and how ICC reinforces community strengths and emphasises prevention. 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.