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IPC presentation on early intervention and social care for children

IPC Principal Consultant Katy Burch will be speaking Capita Conferences logoat the Capita Early Intervention Conference in Cardiff on 30th April about 'The Interface between Early Intervention and Social Care', considering how to make these arrangements work effectively so that children don't fall through the gaps. IPC works with organisations across the United Kingdom to implement effective early intervention services and pathways for children and families.

Further information about the conference can be found here.

IPC publishes the definitive guide to commissioning

IPC has published a new book on commissioning in health and social care,Commissioning guide cover offering a clear, straightforward guide for those involved across the public sector.  The new guide uses the popular IPC commissioning cycle, considering the four stages - analyse, plan, do, review - with a mix of theory and practical tools. The book, written by a number of IPC consultants, covers a range of areas and reflects the evidence-based approach to commissioning adopted by IPC in its consultancy and research work.  The guide draws on legislation, research and regulation to support the analysis and will prove invaluable to commissioners working across all sectors of health and social care.

More details about the new guide can be found here.

Further details of one day workshops programme added

A new season of one day skills development workshops has been announcedIPC logo by IPC, with details published on the website.  The workshops this year cover a diverse range of areas including adoption, sheltered housing, people who fund their own care and data analysis.

The one day workshops offer excellent value for money for participants and Network and Partnership members can benefit from a number of free places each year.  Further details of all the workshops for 2014 can be found here.

The role of housing in care and support highlighted by IPC Visiting Professor

IPC Visiting Professor John Bolton took part in a round table discussion to consider the important role housing plays in supporting communities and individuals throughout their lives. The round table was organised by the Guardian with housing provider Midland Heart. Guardian Newspaper logo

Participants considered the key role housing plays in the health of children and adults, including those with care needs, and the important role housing providers can play in the provision of integrated care. This role has been highlighted in IPC's work to develop housing choices for older people through the Strategic Housing for Older People resource developed for the Housing LIN. The resources are available on the IPC website and details of the latest SHOP workshop on sheltered housing can be found here.

The article is available on the Guardian website.

Greenwich wins transformation award for co-ordinated care services

Joint IPC partnership members Royal Borough of Greenwich, Greenwich CCG & Oxleas NHS Trust Project Greenwich Co-ordinated Care won the ‘Transformation in Health and Social Care’ category at the fifth Improvement & Efficiency Awards held in Westminster on 4 March. The awards celebrate the work of authorities which have Royal Greenwich Council logotransformed services and introduced innovative new practices.

The award for Greenwich recognised their integrated health and care teams which now offer a single point of access, with care co-ordination being developed around GP practices. Driven by staff engagement, shared resources and a strong client and prevention focus, the new approach has saved £900,000 from care budgets in recent years, reduced long term care packages and cut delayed hospital discharges by 13%.

IPC has worked with Greenwich since 2008, supporting the Council and their partners in the development and transformation of care and support services.   IPC has 7 Partners and 29 Network Members. Information about our Partnerships and Network can be found here.

IPC delivers successful care training to Macintyre

IPC has completed the first of a series of training and support programmes designed for staff working for Macintyre, a charity which supports people with learning disabilities. Macintyre logoEight participants spent 18 months working on a tailored version of IPC's popular Advanced Diploma in Leading Care Services focused on the specific needs of the organisation.  The participants all considered the training to have been useful and comments noted that their confidence had increased and that they felt the course had improved their work. IPC continues to provide development training for Macintyre staff.

Details of IPC's popular one day training and development workshops, short courses and longer management development courses can be found here.

IPC support and advice for the Care Council for Wales

The Director of IPC, Professor Keith Moultrie, spoke to the Care Council for Wales (CCW) about the need for a strategy for developing the social care workforce over the next three years.Care Council for Wales, Cyngor Gofal Cymru  Professor Moultrie spoke to the CCW board about this challenge, as new legislation is set to be introduced in Wales covering social care and health integration. The presentation considered the policy context and the challenges which Welsh authorities and health organisations will face. It also highlighted the value of links with other areas of the UK. More on Keith's presentation can be found on the CCW website.

Hard work, good company and space to think at the 2014 Network Conference

The IPC Network Conference in Cardiff was considered a great success by IPC logoattendees, with feedback on the event overwhelmingly positive. Around 35 people attended the two day event, coming from organisations across Wales and England.  The conference this year focused on aspects of integration, looking at the current drive towards health and social care services working together to deliver high quality care and support to service users and carers.  More comment on the event can be found here.

SHOP workshop to be repeated in April following successful event

IPC workshops introducing elements of the Strategic Housing for Older People (SHOP) have proven popular with professionals working in housing.  Following the success of the most recent workshop on sheltered housing in January, this workshop will now be repeated on 29th April in Cardiff.  For more details about this workshop, 'Making the best use of our sheltered housing asset', visit the workshops page here.  Details of the SHOP programme can be found here.

Workforce integration intelligence

The Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) has produced a paper with input from IPC Centre for Workforce Intelligence logowhich considers the implications for the respective workforces of health and social care integration. The report, 'Think integration, think workforce: three steps to workforce integration', is aimed at workforce leaders and senior workforce specialists and identifies clear steps to support integration. The report is based on a literature review and interviews with sector leaders and workforce specialists. It identifies steps for workforce leaders to promote integration from a workforce perspective.

Keith Moultrie, Director of IPC said: "Better joined up services offer the potential for better outcomes for service users. This paper explores different approaches to integration and how leaders can use better workforce management to make integration work."

IPC leads on dementia research, reflecting national priority

IPC has been commissioned by The Guinness Partnership to carry out research to identify good practice in the housing and care and support sectors for people with dementia. The Guinness Partnership LogoThe research will identify ways for The Guinness Partnership to improve its range of services, ensuring that staff properly understand dementia and have the means to respond to the needs of those people who are affected.

IPC has worked with the Guinness Partnership on a number of projects to help develop and modernise housing provision and services for older people.  Professor Andrew Kerslake, Associate Director of IPC, commented: “Good quality housing can be a crucial part of enabling older people to stay within the community. That is as true for older people with dementia as it is of the wider population of older people.”

The new research project demonstrates IPC's leading role in dementia research in a week when the Prime Minister announced a doubling of annual research funding into the condition by 2025.

IPC to consider market stability in support of the Care Bill

IPC has been asked by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)Care Quality Commission logo to produce an analysis of market stability covering the adult learning disability and older people’s social care market. This work is being undertaken as part of CQC’s preparations for taking on future additional responsibilities in relation to market oversight as set out by Government in the Care Bill. IPC will examine a variety of factors which may influence market stability but the major focus will be on two particular areas:

  • What factors are most likely to make the market unstable?
  • What constitutes a company ‘in difficulties’ and how might such a judgement be arrived at?

As part of this work IPC will consult with a sample of care providers as well as other interested parties. The project will take place over the coming months with the intention of a report being produced for CQC by the end of March 2014.

IPC helps to develop new guidance for working with older people in Wales

IPC has supported the Welsh Government in developing new guidance for professionals supporting older people. The guidance from the Minister for Health and Social Services Welsh Governmentsets out the responsibilities and duties on health and social care services to provide integrated arrangements for assessment and care management for older people, renewing earlier requirements. IPC worked with the Welsh Government to provide the underpinning analysis and to support the development of the guidance. A link to the new document can be found here

Research into violence against social care workers

Most social care and support staff will encounter violence or be threatened in their work at some point but there is little research into this important matter. Skills for Care logoIPC has conducted a review for Skills for Care to gather evidence about violence against social care and support staff and to find out what support exists to tackle this violence.

The project involved a survey of social care staff and a review of research conducted since 2000. The project discovered that there has been limited research in this area so it offers a valuable additional resource for practitioners to support them in making the workplace safer for everyone. IPC will be gathering further evidence on local policies and practice which will help to contribute to a deeper understanding of this important issue.

The report can be found on the Skills for Care website here.

IPC explores integration, innovation and the social care workforce for Skills for Care

IPC conducted a review for Skills for Care's Workforce InnovationSkills for Care logo Programme which explored how care and support needs change and how the care workforce has to adapt to that change. The review sought to understand the characteristics of effective practice in integrated health and social care.

The review considered current reported practices to support workforce intelligence, planning and development, what works and what does not, key characteristics of effective practice, relevant international evidence and gaps in the evidence base. The research found that the evidence was often weak, based on the views of staff rather than relating to outcomes for service users. The range of definitions and service models means that approaches are often most effectively developed locally, although this makes comparative studies more difficult.

The report concluded that there was a need for further research to better understand what works in these areas, particularly how workforce management and development needs to be different in integrated settings.  The report can be found here.

IPC produces high-level analysis of new Care Bill for WalesWelsh NHS Confederation logo

IPC has prepared a report for the Welsh Local Government Association and the Welsh NHS Confederation which analyses the long-term implications of the new Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill. The new Bill will set out a legal framework for care serviceswlga logo in Wales, seeking to introduce a whole system approach. It emphasises the need to develop preventative, community based care shaped by the needs of citizens.

The Bill will be enacted during a period of significant austerity and rising demand for services, putting additional pressure on care services in Wales. The report prepared by IPC highlights a range of implications for services in Wales and emphasises the role of the Welsh Government in co-ordinating developments across the country and ensuring that resources are used wisely.

Details of the report can be found on the WLGA website and the full report can be found here.

High quality commissioning training provided to Enfield Council

Enfield Council has welcomed the work of IPC in providing a 'great' workshop on commissioning for efficiencies at the authority. The interactive one day event was delivered to eight staff in Enfield and covered a range of topics including an exploration of the concept of ‘value for money’, Enfield Council logousing commissioning to identify opportunities to improve value for money, key elements of strategic options appraisal, cost-benefit analysis, social return on investment, multi-criteria analysis and the application of tools and techniques for decision-making on resource allocation and developing strategic business cases.

The workshop gave participants an opportunity to reflect on how they could improve their approach to commissioning. Attendees commended the event and all said how useful and informative it had been.

IPC offers a range of training, from one day workshops to courses and in-depth development programmes. The support offered can be tailored to suit individual organisations or authorities. More information about how we can support you with training and development is available here.