Taoiseach and Minister for Health welcome launch of €20m Slaintecare Integration Fund for new models of health and social care

Monday March 25th, 2019

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD and Minister for Health Simon Harris TD have today (22.3.2019) welcomed the launch of the €20m Sláintecare Integration Fund and invited health and social care providers to pitch their ideas.Government Opportunities

Successful service delivery projects will clearly demonstrate how citizens can be offered the right care in the right place at the right time. They will offer new approaches to sickness prevention, hospital avoidance, and the delivery of care in the community.

The Integration Fund will focus on supporting the development of existing and new best practice projects that are capable of being scaled nationally, and which:

• Promote the engagement and empowerment of citizens in the care of their own health
• Scale and share examples of best practice and processes for chronic disease management and care of older people
• Encourage innovations in the shift of care to the community or provide hospital avoidance measures

Welcoming the announcement, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said

“Sláintecare is our ten year cross party plan to significantly improve and modernise the health service.”

“However, we certainly don’t think we have a monopoly on good ideas, and we now want to hear directly from health and social care providers on how we can better provide care in the community.”

“Through this €20m Integration Fund, we can put good ideas into action and share best practice to help care for people closer to home and keep them out of hospital.”

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