Evaluation of the Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) programme

19 February 2020

Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) is an approach to joining up health and social care, and other services where appropriate. The purpose is to enable service users, with help from carers and families, to combine and direct the resources available to them and control their care. This is achieved through personalised care and support planning, and personal budgets. The testing of IPC began in April 2015. In total 17 local areas were involved in the process.

The Department of Health and Social Care commissioned an independent evaluation of IPC. The evaluation was carried out by a consortium led by SQW, in partnership with Bryson Purdon Social Research (BPSR), Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), the Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU) and the Centre for Health Economics (CHE) both at the University of York, and Mott MacDonald. The evaluation ran between November 2016 and May 2019 and comprised three strands of work: process, impact and economic.

SCIEs main role has been to establish and facilitate the evaluation co-production group provided invaluable feedback and insights to inform the evaluation processes and analysis and included members of the SCIE Coproduction Network and qualitative interviews with people who use services and carers.

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