In facilities offered by University College Dublin as part of the 17th International Conference on Integrated Care (ICIC) conference, a SCIROCCO focus group met on 9 May 2017. A series of focus groups is being organised to learn from the experience of European regions in using the SCIROCCO tool to assess their readiness for integrated care.
The session brought together European regions that are members of the European Regional and Local Health Authorities (EUREGHA) http://www.euregha.net and participants in a European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP-AHA) B3 Action Group ‘sprint’ https://ec.europa.eu/eip/ageing/actiongroup/index/b3_en.
Among the main observations that emerged from the session were:
- The tool can be put to a wide range of uses, including with regional policy-level decision-makers.
- The tool can be used either by individuals or by much larger groups of stakeholders/end-users.
- Besides its role in scaling-up, the tool can help enhance dialogue. It can also be used to monitor progress – perhaps even on an annual basis.
- The focus group provided a good in-depth learning exercise, alongside outcomes from the range of other presentations made at the ICIC conference.
SCIROCCO looks forward to continuing to liaise with EUREGHA and the EIP-AHA B3 AG sprint. SCIROCCO will run its next focus group once the self-assessment exercise with each of the five SCIROCCO regions has taken place.