“Embracing integrated care will ultimately improve the quality of the services we offer at CareMalta and we can bring a positive change across all the services namely, the elderly sector, mental health services, motor-neuron, and in the disability field” stated James Sciriha, Chief Executive Officer of CareMalta Group, during a workshop organised in December titled ‘Designing and Implementing Integrated Care Solutions, Challenges, and Opportunities’.

The workshop, sponsored by CareMalta Group, was organised by the Department of Health Systems Management and Leadership, within the University of Malta with Professor Axel Kaehne, from the Health Services Research, Medical School, Edge Hill University, being the Keynote Speaker.

Professor Sandra Buttigieg, Head of the Health Systems Management and Leadership Department, explained how Prof. Kaehne was invited to lead the workshop as part of a study unit of the MSc in Healthcare Systems: Management and Leadership, offered at the Faculty of Health Sciences.

The title of the workshop itself brings forth an interest in how one perceives integrated care solutions, and the technicalities of it were in fact discussed with the attendees by Prof. Axel Kaehne.

“We do not have all the time in the world or all the resources so we need to work smart and strategically”, explained Prof. Kaehne, who also mentioned the importance of change – how to bring change, and the need to feel part of that change rather than being affected by it.

During the workshop, Professors, Doctors, and experts in the field of elderly care discussed various aspects of Integrated Care, namely, patient safety, how to implement cost-saving rather than cost-cutting in order to be more efficient, the importance of having relatives of the elderly residing in facilities part of the equation and how an IT system that is safe and secure is necessary for providing access and consent.

At the end of the workshop, Mr. Noel Borg, COO of CareMalta Group presented Prof. Kaehne and Prof. Buttigieg with a token of appreciation for believing and choosing CareMalta Group to be a partner in this workshop.

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