Connected to Care

In moving towards our goal of becoming a global leader in transforming the delivery of fundamental care, the ILC has created a tag line to encapsulate the work that we do and demonstrate our goals, mission and values.

The tagline – ‘Connected to Care’ – is multi-faceted. It represents a call to action – we as clinicians, researchers, educators, and leaders must connect with the art and science of caring. We must value the fundamentals of care and systematically embed them in practice, research, education and policy.

‘Connected to care’ also demonstrates the importance of relationship-centred care. A positive nurse-patient relationship, which is part of an integrated, team-based approach, is central to quality healthcare. It is only by connecting with people that we can properly care for them; we must be connected in order to care. Delivering high-quality, compassionate fundamental care therefore involves having therapeutic interactions with patients in the context of a positive, trusting relationship that places patients at the centre of their care.

The tag line also encompasses the way in which we as a collaborative work – we are connected. We have members from all over the globe, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Denmark, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden, the US and the UK. We connect so that we can bring together the best minds in healthcare research, education and policy. Our international collaborations ensure that we are at the forefront of global change in healthcare delivery.

Stay tuned for an update of the ILC’s logo, which will incorporate our new tagline.

A Wrap Up of the 2015 ILC Conference and Summit

Hosted by St Michael’s Hospital and Bridgepoint Active Healthcare in Toronto, Canada, this year’s annual ILC event saw a diverse range of nursing leaders, clinicians, researchers and policy-makers come together to discuss, debate and develop innovative solutions to ensure the delivery of high-quality fundamental care globally.  The theme for this year’s three-day event was ‘How Fundamentals of Care can transform Patient-centred Care and your Health System’. (more…)

ILC Awarded Green Templeton College Small Grant

The International Learning Collaborative (ILC) were recently successful in securing a Green Templeton College Small Grant to host its 9th annual Conference Day and Summit at Green Templeton College (GTC), University of Oxford, in 2016. The small grants were awarded to academics to undertake activities such as lectures, seminar series or research within the 2015/2016 academic year.

The ILC is excited to once again visit Green Templeton College. The College actively champions rigorous research around patient experience, organisational leadership and clinical excellence and this will provide the ideal backdrop for our 2016 event.

In 2016 the ILC Conference Day and Summit will focus on how we can better translate the evidence of the Fundamentals of Care into practice. Through the support of the Green Templeton College small grant we are able to continue our work to transform the delivery of fundamental care in increasingly complex and challenging environments.

Interview with Dr Barbara Orchard

Professor Alison Kitson from the International Learning Collaborative sat down with Dr Barbara Orchard to discuss the importance of personal values and observation when providing basic care in a clinical setting.

Dr Orchard worked in hospital and general practice in Australia and the United Kingdom prior to retirement and is interested in the Medical, Nursing and Social aspects of Australian Military History.

Caring for Somebody with Dementia

Merideth Sindel has published a book on her experience caring for her mother after she became ill with dementia. Merideth hopes that this non-academic book will bring comfort to other people caring for a family member with dementia.

Caring for Somebody with Dementia is out now.

ILC Website Launch

The International Learning Collaborative have launched a website!

The website is an online platform to demonstrate the work and activity on the go by the ILC. Lead by co-Founder Professor Alison Kitson, the ILC Steering Group are gearing up for their 8th ILC Summit in June to be held in Toronto. The Summit will once again bring together ILC members from around the world to this year consider ‘How the Fundamentals of Care can Transform Patient-centred Care and your Health System’.

If you believe you and your research can contribute to the ILC and would like to join their community, check out the website today.

2014 ILC Summit

Hosted by Oxford Brookes University and Green Templeton College in Oxford, United Kingdom the 2014 theme was ‘Leadership for Practical Action around the Fundamentals of Care’.

The 2014 ILC Summit was officially opened by Sir David Watson. In his opening address Sir David reflected upon the important role an Oxford College can play in enabling and encouraging debate around the complex problems of contemporary society. He challenged the delegates to think about the meaning of care in contemporary society and how a group such as the ILC could begin to shape some of the emerging debates. His thought-provoking presentation energised the 35+ group of international healthcare practitioners and researchers. (more…)

2013 ILC Summit

Hosted by Green Templeton College and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden the 2013 theme was ‘Reclaiming and Redefining the Fundamentals of Care: Responding to the patient centred care agenda’

The ILC look forward to hosting their 7th Summit in 2014 in Oxford, United Kingdom.