Last week I travelled to Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands (near The Hague), to attend a conference regarding the 3-year project (2008-2011) INTERLINKS which has the aim of constructing and validating a general framework to describe and analyse long-term care (LTC) systems for older people from a European perspective. Also, it has and still is identifying a set of practical tools that measure and support progress in evidence-based good practice. Last but not least, it identifies acknowledged and established good practice.
Outstanding projects increasing the quality of LTC throughout Europe were presented. Also the homepage, which is already accessible for the general public, was introduced.
This homepage can help policy makers and professionals to assess and improve their LTC strategies. The INTERLINKS project focuses on formal and informal care, prevention, rehabilitation and quality management approaches. It has 16 partners (universities & national and international research institutes) and a total of 13 Member States are involved. The framework has six themes and various sub themes.
The conference was very interesting and well planned and we were looked after extremely well.
I learned a lot in a very short time and met lovely and inspiring people.
Thank you again to the wonderful INTERLINKS Team.