Transforming Integrated Care in the Community (TICC)

Value of EU Grant - €8 million

Name of funding programmeEU Interreg 2 Seas Programme 2014-2020

The Transforming Integrated Care in the Community (TICC) project is a four-year social innovation research project aiming to transform the delivery of community care, guided by the principles of Buurtzorg.

The project is a cross-border partnership involving 14 organisations from across the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. The project has been approved and funded by the Interreg 2 Seas Programme (co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund) and has a budget of more than €8 million.

Buurtzorg is a nurse led model of holistic care that revolutionised community nursing and care in the Netherlands, resulting in high staff and client satisfaction and generating savings of 40% to the Dutch healthcare system.

The Buurtzorg model:

  • was founded in 2007 by Jos de Blok starting with one team of four nurses
  • has set up 850 Buurtzorg teams within 10 years
  • allows for nursing and care teams to be completely self-managing
  • nurses are responsible for delivering care and support to those who need it as well as managing themselves as a team with support from a Coach, IT system and back office.

Kent County Council have set up the Ashford South Neighbourhood Care Team (ASNCT) which is a domiciliary led care team, working in line with the Buurtzorg principles.

The consists of 8 members of staff (3 Occupational therapists; 3 enablement support workers; 2 care workers) and are based at Farrow Court in Ashford.

The team are aligned with St Stephen’s Practice in Ashford and operate within a small postcode area. They officially went live on Monday 2 December 2019 and have been receiving a steady stream of referrals. They are currently helping clients with goal setting, enablement, accessing community facilities, promoting independence, assessing for equipment and small alterations.

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  • Buurtzorg Concepts (Netherlands)
  • Kent County Council (United Kingdom)
  • Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (United Kingdom)
  • Medway Community Healthcare (United Kingdom)
  • Soignons Humain (France)
  • Public World (United Kingdom)
  • Zorgbedrijf Antwerpen (Belgium)
  • Emmaus Elderly Care (Belgium)
  • Eurasante (France)
  • VIVAT homecare (France)
  • Lille Catholic Hospital (France)
  • HZ University (Netherlands)
  • La Vie Active (France).

There are also many observer partners:

  • Université d’Artois
  • East of England Local Government Association
  • Provincie Antwerpen
  • Wit-Gele Kruis van Antwerpen
  • Familiehulp
  • Landelijke Thuiszorg Zuiderkempe
  • Christelijke Mutualiteit
  • Heist-op-den-Berg
  • OCMW Heist-op-den-Berg
  • Vlaams minister van Wetzijn, Volksgezondheid en Gezin
  • Sociaal Huis Mechelen
  • Zorgnet-Icuro
  • NHS (England)
  • Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Centre communal d’action sociale de Lomme
  • Conseil départemental du Nord.

The Transforming Integrated Care in the Community fund aims to:

  • create changes in health and social care, providing services better suited to our ageing population and decrease of public funding
  • present a method to overcome blocking points in transferring socially innovative service models from one area to another
  • introduce the implementation of the Burrtzorg integrated care at home model, which consists of self-managing teams of 12 staff working at neighbourhood level handling every aspect of care and business
  • enable countries in the 2Seas area, to implement successful health and social care innovations quickly in a cost effective, sustainable way.

  • implement the principles of the Buurtzorg model of Community Care in three new countries; France, Belgium and the UK
  • explore changes to existing patient data gathering systems to improve communication
  • create a “blueprint” to support implementing the Buurtzorg model in different countries
  • a comprehensive evaluation to determine whether the principles of the Buurtzorg model have been a success in France, Belgium and the UK.