Integrated Primary Care

What does this SIG stand for?

The Integrated Primary Care SIG is open to all pharmacists interested in a collaborative approach to health care. 
‘Integrated care’ is a term that reflects a concern to improve patient experience and achieve greater efficiency and value from health
delivery systems. The aim is to address fragmentation in patient services, and enable better coordinated and more continuous care, frequently for an ageing population which has increasing incidence of chronic disease.

(Reference: What is integrated care? An overview of integrated care in the NHS. Research report. Sara Shaw, Rebecca Rosen and Benedict Rumbold. June 2011.)

Who is chairing this SIG? 

Chair of SIG, elected October 2006: 
Anne Gilchrist BSc MSc MRPharmS, GPhC registered, Lead Pharmacist, Medicines Management Team, NHS Lothian, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
To contact the SIG Integrated Primary Care, use the contact form with SIG Integrated Primary Care in the object line. 

What did the SIG already do? *

Workshop presentation ‘Sharing care’, Copenhagen, October 2014
Workshop presentation, ‘Coughs, colds and cystitis: personalised and safe management of minor ailments’, Barcelona, October 2012
Hot Topics presentation, ‘How does a national approach to antimicrobial stewardship influence local primary care prescribing?’, Dublin, October 2011
Hot Topics presentation, ‘Patient Access to New Medicines. A Scottish perspective’, Lyon, October 2010
* Only Members have access to pdf files of activities listed above (see example for Lyon 2010). If you are a member, click here

Where can you read more about Integrated Primary Care ? 

The SIMPATHY project: The mission of the SIMPATHY (Stimulating Innovation Management of Polypharmacy and Adherence in the Elderly) project is to stimulate, promote and support innovartion across the EU in the management of appropriate polypharmacy and adherence in the elderly. A Specialist Interest Group has been launched within the IFIC (International Foundation for Integrated Care) which is hoped to maintain and further develop networking to address this WHO global medication safety challenge.

Place-based systems of care. A way forward for the NHS in England. The King’s Fund. Chris Ham and Hugh Alderwick. November 2015.
Course on Interface Management of Pharmacotherapy, Barcelona, October 17-19 2016.  Organized by the WHO Collaborating Centre in conjunction with the Catalan Health Service.

What other information is on the Web ? 

Integrated care, Health topic. The King’s Fund
Delivering better integrated care, guidance, NHS England
The International Journal of Integrated Care (IJIC), an online, open-access, peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes original articles in the field of integrated care on a continuous basis

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