The ILC was founded in 2008 at Green Templeton College, Oxford University; the birthplace of the ILC. The ILC was developed in response to two key issues:
- The Francis inquiry into care in the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust, UK. This enquiry, which began in 2006, demonstrated poor levels of care for patients in Mid Staffordshire hospital. Most of this poor care centred on the fundamentals, such as nutrition, toileting, dignity, respect, communication and safety. The inquiry highlighted the need for radical transformation within our healthcare systems.
- The growth of Academic Health Science Centres. These Centres bring together academic institutions (Universities) with healthcare providers (e.g., hospitals) to ensure the latest, cutting-edge research is translated into practice and directly benefits patients. The development of Academic Health Science Centres internationally presents an opportunity to create robust empirical evidence for fundamental care that can be immediately translated into practice to positively influence the ways in which healthcare professionals deliver care.
The ILC held its first formal meeting in 2008 hosted by Green Templeton College and has since facilitated an annual Conference and Summit held in alternate years at Oxford University. The Conference and Summit provide an opportunity for ILC members and local delegates to engage in thought-provoking discussions and debate on how we work to improve the delivery of fundamental care globally.