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Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) Strategic Co-production Group

Applications are being invited to join the NHS England Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) Strategic Co-production Group.

What is Integrated Personal Commissioning? (IPC)

Integrated Personal Commissioning is a new approach to the way the NHS and Local Authorities work with people with complex needs in their communities. In the future, it will be the main model of care for around 5% of the population with the highest health and care needs including: people with multiple long term conditions, people with severe and enduring mental health problems, and children and adults with complex learning disabilities and autism.

Through IPC, individuals, their carers and families can take an active role in their health and wellbeing, with greater choice and control over the care they receive. Alongside this, IPC also supports people to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence to self-manage their care, through stronger partnerships with the voluntary and community sector (VCSE), community capacity building and peer support.

The Purpose of Integrated Personal Commissioning is to achieve these outcomes:

  • Better quality of life and enhanced health and well-being
  • Fewer crises that lead to unplanned hospital and institution care
  • Enhanced experience of care through better coordination and personalisation of health, social care and other services

These are the places implementing IPC:

Barnsley; Cheshire West & Chester; Gloucestershire; Hampshire: My Life, My Way; Lincolnshire; Luton; Northern, Eastern and Western (NEW) Devon; Portsmouth; Somerset; South Devon and Torbay; South West consortium; Stockton-On-Tees: My Voice, My Choice; Tower Hamlets; Birmingham and Solihull; Hertfordshire; Islington; Nottingham City; Nottinghamshire and Sheffield.

Coproducing IPC

Coproduction is a key principle that underpins the Integrated Personal Commissioning programme. Put simply, coproduction is about “working together differently in order to make a meaningful impact”. It means developing a different relationship between people who use services and their families and the statutory sector, so that people are seen as allies in creating, commissioning and evaluating services. The overall intention of coproduction is to ensure that people get better support and treatment, professionals’ input is more effective and there is better use of public money. Done well, co-production is a win-win”.

The IPC Programme Board agreed a coproduction strategy in June 2015. This included setting up an IPC Strategic Coproduction group to help make the strategy happen. The IPC Strategic Coproduction group is made up of people with lived experience of a personal budget, personal health budget or integrated personal budget, including family carers.

The purpose of the IPC Strategic Co-production Group

The Strategic Co-production group has an important role to play in the NHS England IPC and PHB programme. The aim is to:

  • Ensure that what people are being offered through IPC is clear, empowering and makes sense to them.
  • Play a leadership role and to ‘champion’ IPC and Personal Health Budgets.
  • Create a feedback loop to the IPC Programme Board so Board members know how things are going ‘on the ground’.
  • To ‘bring to the table’ what’s important and what works for people with lived experience about IPC and PHBs.

How the group works

Our approach is to create a ‘safe’ space where people can ‘work together and learn together’. People are encouraged and supported to reflect on their lived experience in the context of the ‘bigger picture’ and to contribute their understanding and perspective to wider discussions.

Membership of the group is reviewed on an annual basis and will not increase beyond 10 members. Members are expected to attend an initial two-day training residential, attend monthly IPC strategic co-production group meetings and read relevant materials. Group members may also choose to speak at events and input to other developments in IPC on a voluntary basis.

How to find out more

Additional information about the Strategic Co-production group can be provided by Jo Fitzgerald.

Jo’s contact details are jo.fitzgerald@nhs.net or 07736 484339. Her preferred contact method is e-mail

If there is sufficient interest, there may be an opportunity to attend an open IPC Strategic Co-production Group meeting on either 14th Feb or 15th March in London. Travel can be organised on behalf of attendees.

The application process and important dates to note:

The closing date for applications will be 17th March.

Application forms can be requested from England.integratedpersonalcommissioning@nhs.net

Interviews will be held at the end of March

An IPC Strategic Co-production group residential will be scheduled for early April 2017.


Read more here:http://solihullccg.nhs.uk/yourhealth/personal-health-budgets