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Scaling-up integrated care is becoming ever more urgent in Europe. Many regional health and care authorities are looking for how to expand their integrated care services.

Five simple steps in the SCIROCCO maturity model

This expansion of integrated care is especially important in an era in which an infectious disease crisis is exposing to us some tough realities. Health and social care systems could work together even more closely to face up to challenges.

European regions are now, however, really starting to share their experiences. Today, nine European authorities from around Europe are working together to fine-tune a method for assessing how far down the line they are to integrating their health and care systems. Four of the authorities come from eastern Europe (Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia). Five are from other countries in central, southern and northern Europe. The leader of the initiative is the Scottish Government (United Kingdom).

In your region, your team of stakeholders just has to conduct five simple steps to explore integrating care. These steps range from objectives-setting to outlining an action plan. You can move from expressing your opinion as an individual to consensus-building with your colleagues in diverse other areas of health and care around the region. Gain oversight into 12 basic dimensions of your health and care system to reach maturity. Think about your readiness to change and your capacity-building, for example.

Free to use, the SCIROCCO tool is available electronically in nine European languages. The SCIROCCO Exchange initiative is a real pan-European exercise, based on work validated earlier by over 70 regions! You can learn more about this well-tested tools in just 25 minutes or less by viewing the initiative’s wide range of videos.

Learn about the SCIROCCO maturity model through webinars and videos

On 26 March 2020, SCIROCCO Exchange held a webinar. Three European regions described their experiences with this maturity model tool. In Puglia, Italy, the EHTEL Member Regional Authority of Health and Social Care (AReSS), recounted how it had drawn together “information, consultation, participation, and feedback” from each of its six regional authorities. The “emerging picture” and the “very dynamic scenario”, were drawn by Efthimia PANTZARTIS. It shows that “the implementation of integrated care is the only viable way forward”. For the region, both knowledge-sharing and training are of tremendous importance. Webinar attendees agreed on their general conclusions. According to the conclusions, the SCIROCCO tool can be really useful in:

  • Bringing staff and citizens together,
  • Enabling people to see and understand each other’s perspectives,
  • Spotting a region’s strengths as well as the gaps that need to be filled and barriers to be overcome.

In the future, SCIROCCO Exchange plans to hold more Webinars and, when the ending of the COVID-19 outbreak permits it, organise study visits and hold staff exchanges. Watch this space to be updated about all the future initiatives.


How EHTEL is helping mature this maturity model


EHTEL is assisting SCIROCCO Exchange in expanding the exploitation of the SCIROCCO tool, to include areas such as demand-driven innovation and digital neighbourhoods.


More information on SCIROCCO Exchange

To learn different aspects of the SCIROCCO Exchange project and its aspects:

- See the background to SCIROCCO Exchange

- Get general information on health and care authorities

- Watch simple videos explaining the model (‘Webinars and Recordings’)

- Explore in-depth the SCIROCCO maturity model



Sourced thanks to the SCIROCCO Exchange project








With the support of AReSS 










 With the support of the Scottish Government (NHS National Services Scotland/Digital Health and Care Scotland)

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