About the Institute of Public Care

The Institute of Public Care (IPC) was established in 1987. We are part of Oxford Brookes University. Our team of 40 is based in Oxford and Bath and operates across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. We work for better outcomes through well-run, evidence-based public care. Our clients use us because we offer:

  • The evidence-based rigour of a university
  • Practical experience of public care at all levels, including management
  • Wide-ranging knowledge from national, regional and local projects across the UK and Ireland covering the full breadth of children’s and adults’ services
  • Cost-effective solutions to complex problems
  • A responsive and flexible approach to meeting our clients’ needs

We provide expertise in many areas including commissioning, market shaping, integration, and managing demand. We offer:

  • Consultancy - we can offer you a range of consultancy support based on our experience and knowledge of the sector developed over thirty years
  • Applied research and evaluation - we can help you to find out whether the right resources are delivering the right outcomes to the right people
  • Skills development - we deliver training programmes that offer the practical support you need to develop and improve your skills
  • System design - we can help you with information and systems advice, media design, and demand forecasting tools
  • Facilitation of learning networks - our partnerships and network programmes allow our clients to effectively share learning 

Our purpose

Our core purpose is to ensure that people needing care and support feel safer, healthier, happier and more in control. We strive to ensure that public, private and voluntary sectors work together successfully, and that public care resources are used effectively to secure the best outcomes for individuals, families and communities.