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A global review of current and emerging education and training to advance integrated systems of care


Anne Wojtak ,

University of Toronto, CA
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Cara Fleming,

Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioural Health Studies, Arizona, US
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Frances Barraclough

University Centre for Rural Health, New South Wales, AU
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Background: As healthcare systems around the world increasingly shift towards more integrated models of delivery for health and social care, there is growing recognition that we need to transform education and training to support clinical professionals, managers and leaders to work in new ways. Delivering care in an integrated system requires different competencies and skills at every positional level in order to support more collaborative and seamless care for patients. Traditional leadership and clinical training programs are insufficient to meet the needs of integrated care delivery and as a result, many educational institutions and training programs are looking to address this as a critical gap. In fall 2018, IFIC launched a new Special Interest Group (SIG) for Education and Training for Integrated Systems of Care, which wasestablished as a global network of institutions that have created or are planning for the development of program curricula and advanced education for developing, delivering and leading integrated care systems. 

Aims and objectives: During this workshop, members of the IFIC SIG for Education and Training will review their findings of a global review of existing and emerging training and education programs that support leaders, managers, and professional staff to develop, implement and succeed in integrated care delivery. The workshop will review the SIG’s early findings on alignment in course content and curricula and highlight innovative pedagogical practices. A panel discussion and interactive audience session will explore questions such as: what are the challenges we face in developing and implementing advanced education and training in integrated care? What are the skills and competencies we need to embed in our healthcare professionals and leaders? What do we need to consider in reshaping traditional healthcare education and training curricula? What are our biggest opportunities for collaboration in advancing education and training in integrated systems of care around the world? How can we better engage people in the design and delivery of education programs?

Format: The workshop is formatted as follows:

Introduction and review of SIG findings on global review of education and training for integrated care (20 minutes)

Panel discussion with representation from existing academic programs, including challenges and successes in delivery of education and training for integrated care (30 minutes)

Facilitated discussion with panellists and audience on challenges and opportunities for reshaping education and training to ensure that all levels of healthcare staff are supported to work in integrated systems of care (30 minutes)

Conclusion/Summary (10 minutes)

Target Audience: The target participants are individuals who are interested in the challenges of advancing education and training for integrated care and those who wish to connect with other organizations and education specialists about integrated care training programs.

Learnings: This workshop is intended to raise awareness of the range of existing and emerging education and training programs for integrated care across different jurisdictions, share knowledge about best pedagogical best practices, and encourage the development of global partnerships among institutions and programs that support education and research in integrated care.

How to Cite: Wojtak A, Fleming C, Barraclough F. A global review of current and emerging education and training to advance integrated systems of care. International Journal of Integrated Care. 2019;19(4):361. DOI:
Published on 08 Aug 2019.


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