Dates and Theme for ILC 2018

In 2018 the ILC annual Conference and Summit will be back at Oxford, jointly hosted by Green Templeton College, Oxford University, and Oxford Brookes University. The dates for the event are June 11-13, 2018. The theme will focus on Methods, Metrics and Mobilization.

Further information about registration and accommodation will be available in early 2018.

Welcome to the ILC 2017!

The conference committee and the International Learning Collaborative (ILC) Steering Group welcome you to the 9th International Learning Collaborative Annual Conference and Summit 2017 in Uppsala, Sweden.

To register and pick up your conference badge and bag, please go to Grönwallsalen (entrance 70, Uppsala University Hospital) on Monday between 8.30-09.00am. If you are only participating in the summit days, registration will take place at Wieselsalen (entrance 10, Uppsala University Hospital) on Tuesday at 09.00-09.30am.

Have a safe trip to Uppsala and we look forward meeting you all!

Registrations for ILC 2017 now open

The ILC’s annual three-day Conference and Summit will be held this year at Uppsala University and Uppsala University Hospital, Sweden, on 12-14 June. This year’s event centres on the theme: “Involving the Patient”. The aim is to explore innovative strategies for harnessing, synthesising and operationalising evidence and effectively involving patients in healthcare research, education, practice and policy, in order to transform the delivery of fundamental care.

The event promises to bring an exciting three days of discussion, debate and networking. A detailed event program is available here. The three days are set out as follows:

  • Day 1 Conference (Grönwallsalen: Uppsala University Hospital, entrance 70): the conference will showcase the latest research on fundamental care from around the world, focusing specifically on the Swedish healthcare landscape and the international ILC agenda. It will consist of a series of keynotes, plenaries and workshops, designed to identify local and international challenges and innovations, particularly in relation to involving patients in healthcare research, education and policy. The conference is open to the public. Associated registration fees can be found on the registration form below. Maximum capacity: 300 participants.
  • Days 2 and 3 Summit (Wieselsalen: Uppsala University Hospital, entrance 10): the summit is for members only and provides an overview of ILC planning, growth and development. If you’re interested in becoming a member of the ILC, please visit the Membership page. This year’s Summit will feature presentations and interactive workshops on reorganising clinical practice, rethinking fundamental education, and generating fundamentals of care minimum data sets. Associated registration fees for the summit are also available on the registration form below. Maximum capacity: 50 participants.

To register for the event, please click here. This year, registration forms will be completed via hardcopy and sent directly to  Payment will be made via bank transfer. The registration form contains all necessary details for transferring money when located in or outside of Sweden. This registration and payment process is quick, simple, effective and safe. Registrations close 5pm 31 May (Central European Time).

If you have any questions regarding registration or payment, please contact or the ILC Steering group on

We look forward to seeing you there!

ILC 2017 Accommodation

Details for accommodation for this year’s ILC conference and summit are now available (more…)

New CPD articles

ILC members have recently had two Continuing Professional Development (CPD) articles accepted by Nursing Standard. One article provides guidance on how nurses can develop trusting and positive relationships with their patients in real-time. The second focuses on implementing person-centred fundamental care in practice, and guides nurses on the use of the Fundamentals of Care Practice Process, which provides an intuitive way for nurses to combine their tacit knowledge, the Fundamentals of Care Framework and their knowledge of theories to the real-time care of their patients.

Be on the lookout for the articles in the coming months.

Save the Date – ILC 2017

Don’t forget to Save the Date for next year’s ILC Conference and Summit to be held on June 12-14 in Uppsala, Sweden. It promises to be another exciting three days of discussion, debate, networking and showcasing the latest research on the fundamentals of care from around the world.

For more information, see the attached save-the-date-flyer

If you have any questions, please contact ILC members Asa Muntlin Athlin ( or Eva Jangland (

We look forward to seeing you there!

Journal of Clinical Nursing Special Issue on the Fundamentals of Care

We are excited to announce a Call for Papers for a Special Issue on the Fundamentals of Care to be edited by the ILC. The Special Issue will feature in the Journal of Clinical Nursing and be available in March 2018.

The Special Issue welcomes submissions of theoretical papers; original research; review papers; exploration of methodological issues; discursive papers; safety and quality implications around neglecting or not prioritizing fundamental care; policy initiatives around fundamental care; workforce issues, such as skill mix, roles, and leadership styles; issues around how fundamental care is taught; and, innovations in care and service delivery. The deadline for submissions has now been extended to 31 May. For more information please see the attached call-for-papers.

ILC 2016 Newsletter

This year, the ILC Conference and Summit saw us back in the beautiful grounds of Green Templeton College, Oxford University. With a focus on translating evidence into practice, the annual event offered engaging presentations, thought-provoking discussions, and excellent opportunities for networking and collaboration. Professor Denise Lievelsey, Principal, Green Templeton College, welcomed more than 50 international and multi-disciplinary healthcare practitioners, researchers, leaders and students to the conference on Monday June 13.



New ILC Publication

ILC members have had a paper accepted in Nursing Inquiry on transforming empirical evidence into practice-relevant recommendations for nurses. The paper describes the development of a novel methodological approach, called holistic interpretive synthesis, which synthesises empirical research evidence with knowledge based on clinical and research expertise and experience in order to generate recommendations to inform and enhance nursing practice. With a focus on the nurse-patient relationship and the fundamentals of care, the paper describes the development of a set of practical behaviours that inform nurses how to establish, maintain and evaluate therapeutic relationships with patients in order to deliver person-centred fundamental care. These behaviours were also the topic of a presentation and workshop at this year’s ILC conference.

The paper will be available online in the coming months. However, in the meantime, if you learned about the behaviours at the ILC conference and would like to use or reference them in your work, please use the following citation: Feo, R., Conroy, T., Marshall, R., Rasmussen, P., Wiechula, R., & Kitson, A. (in press). Using holistic interpretive synthesis to create practice-relevant guidance for person-centred fundamental care delivered by nurses. Nursing Inquiry.

For more information on the article, please contact the lead author:


ILC at the AAHC Global Issues Forum

In April this year, ILC members Alison Kitson, Jack Needleman, Yvonne Wengstrom and Rebecca Feo, together with Eileen Breslin, Dean and Professor, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Nursing, attended the Association of Academic Health Centres Global Issues Forum in Washington, DC. The forum brought together an international group of healthcare leaders and experts to discuss how academic health centres can best include the social determinants of health in their education, research and clinical programs. Alison, Jack, Yvonne and Eileen delivered a panel focusing on ways to harness the huge potential of the nursing workforce to impact positively on these social determinants and to improve care more generally.

To find out more about ILC’s participation in the forum, click here