News and views from the Institute of Public Care

Extra care housing workshop 4 February

IPC is one of the market leaders in providing advice and guidance to local authorities and others in this high growth sector. We will be sharing this knowledge in our workshop, along with our guest presenter Shirley Hall, Head of Innovation and Wellbeing at the ExtraCare Charitable Trust.

A new performance framework for adult social care in England – Consultation with ADASS members

16 November - The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) is working with IPC to consult with ADASS members on options for a new performance framework for Adult Social Care.

Evaluating impact in innovation initiatives in Cornwall and North of Tyne

6 November - The Department for Education publishes IPC evaluations of the Making Integration Happen project in Cornwall and the North of Tyne Collaboration, both of which explored options for Alternative Delivery Models (ADMs) to achieve greater integration of health, social care, and education services.

Evaluating impact in innovation in Calderdale

5 November - The Department for Education publishes IPC evaluation of the ‘Positive Choices’ Programme in Calderdale, which has supported very vulnerable parents to care well for their baby or infant child.

Evaluating impact in innovation in Hampshire

4 November - The Department for Education publishes IPC evaluation of transformational change within children’s social care services in Hampshire.

Evaluating impact in innovation

3 November - The Department for Education publishes finding from round 2 of its Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme, and IPC has been heavily involved in the evaluations. 

Reducing exclusions, improving outcomes, reducing demand

21 October - A paper by IPC and Autism Education Trust shows evidence that the needs of children and young people with autism can be met within mainstream services. 

Seafarers as veterans: self-recognition and identifying support

7 October - The number of older Merchant Navy Veterans requiring social care support may be underestimated, and awareness of the needs of this particular veteran group may be deficient, not least among veterans themselves. 

Technology and digital support in the Winter Plan

30 September - Better Security, Better Care national support programme to help care providers implement the winter plan. 

New Director for IPC

21 September - Fiona Richardson has become the Interim Director of IPC for the coming year following the change of role for Keith Moultrie. 

Ordinary and unique lives for adults with a learning disability and /or autism: a six steps approach

18 September - In this report we consider how a performance management approach by health and social care commissioners can help people with learning disabilities and/or autism achieve ordinary and unique lives in their communities.

IPC are part of the 'upon' consortium supporting Directors of Children’s Services

14 September - IPC form part of the ‘upon’ consortium, who have today launched a DfE-supported programme to support up to 20 new Directors of Children’s Services.

Digital innovation in adult social care: how we’ve been supporting communities during COVID-19

2 September - IPC report on digital innovation in adult social care during the Covid-19 pandemic published by the LGA.

Step change in the use of technology during the pandemic

28 July - Our new report identifies significant benefits for care providers arising from the use of technology in the rapid response to the pandemic.

Supply management: opportunities for a new landscape in children’s commissioning post crisis

A new paper, written by Revolution Consulting’s Director Andrew Rome, supported by IPC’s Director Keith Moultrie, considers how historic commissioned interfaces with independent providers can be transformed to survive the aftermath of these unprecedented challenges.

Helping you to keep your data safe

3 June 2020 - new report and guidance on data and cyber security for social care services.

The view from the balcony: supporting local authority senior adult social care managers to lead beyond the Covid-19 crisis

22 May 2020 commentary by Lynda Bull.

Providing digital support for vulnerable young people

18 May - commentary by Katy Burch.

Potential reconstruction challenges for social care leaders post lockdown

18 May - blog by Mick Mellors.

Evaluation of Functional Family Therapy

15 May - IPC to undertake evaluation of Functional Family Therapy for younger children in Cornwall.

Evaluation of carers support services

11 May - IPC has been commissioned by Norfolk County Council to evaluate the impact of a Transformation Programme in Carer Support Services.

The impact of Covid-19 on children and families

4 May post by Clare Dodwell.

Helpline to provide digital support to social care providers

1 May - Digital Social Care launch a technical helpline for social care providers during coronavirus pandemic. IPC are working with Digital Social Care to collate feedback from the helpline and undertake action research.

Tomorrow's World, the role of digital technology in social care before, during and after the Covid-19 crisis

29 April blog by Jonathan Gardam.

Maintaining learning disability services during the Covid-19 crisis

20 April piece by Chris Watson.

After Covid-19 we can’t just leave primary care to the health service

20 April blog by Keith Moultrie.


Balcony or battlefield: supporting local authority senior adult social care managers through the Covid-19 crisis

15 April 2020 commentary by Lynda Bull.

Capturing the Covid-19 lessons in real time

14 April 2020 blog by Melanie Henwood.

How local authority adult care might approach Covid-19

10 April 2020 observations by John Bolton.

Covid-19 update

Update about IPC activities during the Coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic.

How to measure the real value of adult social care

ADASS to consult and make proposals to refresh the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF).

Evaluating services for people with learning disabilities

IPC has been engaged on behalf of the regional partnership North Wales Together, to evaluate their work on transformation of services for people with learning disabilities in the region.

How safe is your data?

IPC can carry out a data security audit.

Looked after children - learning from international approaches

January 2020 - IPC publishes report of international approaches to managing placement provision for looked after children.