Evaluation of the Integrated Personal Commissioning Programme


In August 2016, the Department of Health (now the Department of Health and Social Care) commissioned an independent summative evaluation of the Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) Programme. IPC is an approach to joining up health and social care, and other services where appropriate. The purpose is to enable people, with help from carers and families, to combine the resources available to them in order to control their care. This is achieved through personalised care planning and personal budgets. IPC also aims to support people to develop the skills and confidence needed to self-manage their care in partnership with the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, community capacity and peer support.

The evaluation is being 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. It aims to identify key lessons about the effectiveness of IPC schemes, in particular, how far outcomes have improved and what were the key drivers of any change. It will also consider how far the changes that do occur represent value for money.

The evaluation is planned to run for two and a half years between November 2016 and May 2019. The first interim report looks at the progress of the IPC programme up to September 2017. The second interim report updates on progress and the development of the IPC model up to March 2018. Both interim reports can be accessed in the links below.

For more information regarding the project, please contact SQW's Project Director, Graham Thom

Download the first interim report here and the secod interim report here.