Network Seminar - March 17, 2014

Dr. Mike Saks Biography

Professor Mike Saks is an internationally renowned Research Professor at University Campus Suffolk (UCS), UK. He was formerly Provost and Chief Executive at UCS, Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln and Dean of Faculty of Health and Community Studies at De Montfort University in the UK. He has published widely, and been involved in funded research projects nationally and internationally, on professions and health and social care. He has also been a member/chair of many NHS and other health committees in areas spanning from the changing healthcare workforce to research and development. He has advised the UK Departments of Health and various professional bodies on the regulation of health and social care and is the current Vice President, and former President, of the International Sociological Association Research Committee on Professional Groups.

Integrating Health and Social Care For High Needs Populations:  Challenges and Opportunities for the Health Professions

Monday March 17, 2014

A growing weight of international evidence demonstrates that integrating care for populations with ongoing, complex health and social needs is where you want to go. Not only does greater integration promise better outcomes for people requiring multiple services from multiple providers, it can make health care systems more cost-effective and sustainable.  In many jurisdictions integrating efforts have been slow, in part because they require a rethinking of the roles and responsibilities of health care professionals who are now increasingly expected to work in inter-disciplinary and inter-sectoral teams.  While challenging conventional professional boundaries, expanding the limits of professional practice offers new opportunities to draw upon complementary and alternative approaches to care, and to engage consumers and informal caregivers as active participants and partners. 

The Canadian Research Network for Care in the Community (CRNCC) in collaboration with the Health System Performance Research Network (HSPRN) is pleased to host this morning workshop with Professor Mike Saks, international Research Professor at University Campus Suffolk (UCS), formerly Provost and Chief Executive at UCS, Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, and Dean of Faculty of Health and Community Studies at De Montfort University in the UK.  Drawing on comparative international experience in England and elsewhere, Professor Saks looks at the health professions in the context of ongoing efforts to reform and restructure health systems to meet new needs.  He highlights how structural reforms and curriculum review in higher education can facilitate integrating projects.


HSPRN is a multi-university and institution collaborative network supported by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) www.hsprn.ca

CRNCC is a virtual knowledge network dedicated to advancing research and knowledge transfer in home and community care and is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and Ryerson University www.crncc.ca

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