Evaluation of the Integrated Personal Commissioning Programme (IPC)

Members wanted for Co-production Panel supporting the evaluation

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is recruiting people who use services and carers to help co-produce an evaluation of the Integrated Personal Commissioning Programme (IPC)

Successful applicants will join a Co-production Panel which will support the evaluation of the IPC.

The evaluation will be carried out by a consortium led by SQW (a national research consultancy), in partnership with Bryson Purdon Social Research (BPSR), the Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU) and the Centre for Health Economic (CHE) who are both at the University of York, Mott MacDonald and SCIE.

SCIE is leading on the co-production of the evaluation. We have a strong track record of co-production and working with people who use services and carers. Find out more about co-production at SCIE.

What is Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC)

IPC is an approach to joining up health and social care, and other services where appropriate. The purpose is to enable people 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 carers, the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, community capacity and peer support.

The programme is currently working with demonstrator sites across the country. In 2016/17 the programme will be welcoming new areas as “early adopters” for the start of national roll-out of IPC.

The demonstrator sites work with specific groups of people who use services including people with dementia, people with learning difficulties, mental health service users and young people. There are also sites working with people with specific medical conditions including diabetes and breathing problems.

Further details are available from NHS England: Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) Programme

The panel

The role of the panel will be to make sure that the perspective of people who use services and carers is central to the overall approach of the evaluation and give advice on how to achieve this.

In particular, the panel will support the design and analysis of the qualitative parts of the study including individual interviews and group meetings.

Members of the panel may also be invited to join other project groups and meetings.

There will also be opportunities to contribute to the promotion of the results of the evaluation through activities like writing articles and blogs and making conference presentations.

The panel will meet approximately 4 times per year for two years.

Payments and expenses

Fees will be payable for all people who use services and carers who join the panel and take part in other activities for the evaluation. SCIE's standard fees for co-production activities are £150 per day and £75 for half a day.

We understand there can be issues about receiving fees for people who receive benefits and can arrange for independent support from Citizens’ Advice.

Full expenses, including costs like personal assistants and replacement carers, will be paid.

We will explain all this in full to successful applicants.

What we are looking for from applicants

We are looking for people with:

It would also be useful, but it not essential, for applicants to have direct experience of a personal budget that covers health and social care support or another form of self-directed support.

How to apply

If you would like to apply, please use the application form to tell us how you meet these requirements. Please address each bullet point listed above.

Please contact us if you need the form in a different format or if you have any difficulties completing it.

We will pick panel members based on how well they meet the requirements. We are also keen to recruit a panel which gives us a diverse range of perspectives.

If you have any questions please contact Pete Fleischmann or Michael Turner.

Closing date: 25 January 2017

Shortlisting is scheduled to take place on 26 January and we will contact applicants as soon as possible after we have completed this.

We will invite shortlisted candidates to a selection workshop on Monday 6 February. The first meeting of the panel is on Wednesday 1 March.