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Optimizing integrated care for older people: A service user, service provider, managerial and policy perspective


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About the Project

Health Service Executive/IT Sligo Collaboration: Optimizing integrated care for older people: A service user, service provider, managerial and policy perspective.

Health and social care services in Ireland will be radically reconfigured in the coming decade. (Sláinte
Care, 2017). Part of this reconfiguration will be the national roll out of the integrated care programme for older persons (IC POP). The HSE specifies that integrated care has four central objectives in the context of older person’s services; these are, to support older persons to live well; to enable older persons to remain in their home through provision of secondary care in the community; to provide integrated intermediate care (Hospital/Community Care); and to support older persons in residential care settings.

The overarching aim of the proposed funded Masters by Research (with opportunity to progress to
PhD pathway) is to evaluate current practice and approaches in integrated care teams for older people in Ireland and to develop innovative insights and advancements in this area.

It seeks to make a lasting contribution to policy debates in the area of health care design, resource allocation and care and quality of life for older persons with chronic illness. The programme of research requires a fusion of inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional expertise, which will include doctors, nurses, occupational, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, social workers and social scientists. In partnership with the HSE findings of the research will be used to inform practice and policy discussions on the development of integrated care pathways and models of care that align with the priorities of service providers, older persons, their families and caregivers.

The research study can be classified as a multiple mixed method case study, involving an evaluation
of a number of integrated care teams for older people from the perspectives of older people, their
caregivers and professionals working in these teams within the Irish context.

The project will be conducted in partnership with the Integrated Care Programme for Older People,
HSE, Institute of Technology, Sligo and Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). Mentorship
and supervision of the research programme will be provided by Dr. Martha Doyle and Dr. Niamh
Gallagher, Department of Social Sciences, IT Sligo, Dr. Carmel Heaney, Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Social Care, GMIT.

Profile of suitable candidate and Application Process
Applicants should hold a First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree and/or Masters in a relevant
Health/Social Services or Social Science discipline and have a keen interest in the area of older
people, health service research and/or integrated care. They should demonstrate excellent interpersonal and written communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team.

To Apply
Please send by email to Dr. Niamh Gallagher, ([Email Address Removed]) and CC Veronica Cawley ([Email Address Removed] )

With
1) A detailed cover letter
2) A full curriculum vitae
3) Academic transcripts for each year of study
4) Contact details of two academic referees

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit the original certificate of completion of an English test.

Please insert the subject line ‘IT Sligo CUA Bursary 2020’ with your electronic correspondence.

Closing Date for Applications: 17:00 local time, 21st of September 2020.


Funding Notes

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