News from the Institute of Public Care

Social care digital transformation

New report to evidence care outcomes and financial savings.

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).

IPC at NCAS 2019

Meet us at the National Children and Adult Services Conference.

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.

Leaders are made not born

A forthcoming learning opportunity for heads of service level officers operating across Wales.

How safe is your data?

IPC can carry out a data security audit.

Social Care Digital Innovation Accelerator Programmme

IPC is independent evaluator of a programme to support co-funding of digital innovations in social care. Please complete our survey.

Looked after children - learning from international approaches

The Wales Centre for Public Policy has commissioned IPC to review international evidence on approaches to managing placement provision for looked after children.

Innovation in out of hospital care implemented across Wales

The Welsh Government NHS Delivery Unit has commissioned work to introduce a new model of ‘Out of Hospital’ care across the whole of Wales, based on a paper published by IPC visiting professor John Bolton.

Southwark's integrated care outstanding

The CQC has singled out Southwark’s Integrated Care approach as an example of “Outstanding Practice”, following support from IPC to design and implement a new initiative.

Supporting better commissioning for children and young people with complex needs in Wales

The National Commissioning Board in Wales has asked IPC to help support better commissioning for children and young people with complex needs.

Data and cyber security report and case studies 

Adult Social Care Data and Cyber Security Discovery Programme final report and best practice case studies published 

Social Care Wales - developing resources for social workers and practitioners

A new range of resources to support social workers and related professionals in Wales to embrace changes in the sector and achieve best practice in carers’ assessments.

Preventing older people dependency: IPC report reviews the evidence

IPC proposes a set of risk factors most likely to threaten older peoples' independence and increase demand for institutionalised care and support.

ADASS peer review team describes Intermediate Care Southwark as “enviable”

The ADASS Peer Review in February 2019 singled out Intermediate Care Southwark for the excellent service it provided. The review acknowledged both the operation of the service and the process of its development and implementation.

Suicide prevention; workshops to support and enable people with lived experience

IPC ran a series of four workshops for people with whose lives have been touched by suicide to explore how best to harness their skills and experience to help to prevent suicide locally and nationally.

Team around the Family Arrangements in Neath Port Talbot

A review of Team Around the Family (TAF) models and plans.

Support for children affected by domestic abuse

IPC has been commissioned to evaluate a £1 million Home Office-funded project provided by Barnardo’s Cymru.

Evaluation of support for parents with learning disabilities

IPC has been commissioned by Welsh Government to carry out a national evaluation of involvement of parents with learning disabilities with children's social care services.

New developments in adult social care

IPC are very pleased once again to host Professor John Bolton’s latest observations and comments on “what works” in a number of local authorities where they have made conscious decisions to introduce specific approaches for the delivery of effective outcome focused care and which contribute to the management of demand.

Market position statement update

IPC, in conjunction with the Local Government Association, are currently refreshing the MPS guidance and have updated our MPS database. Let us know if we have your most recent MPS. Contribute to the new MPS guidance.

Let's Agree to Agree

Let’s Agree to Agree is a toolkit for commissioners and providers of residential and nursing care for older people to assist with the complex process of seeking agreement on the cost of care in their local area. 

Stepping Up to the Place - a review of the vision

Does integration work? The LGA commissioned us to undertake an independent review of their shared vision for integrated care: Stepping up to the Place. We published our review of the evidence and exploration of how that vision is being delivered

Managing demand in adult social care: have you considered taking the "Six Steps" approach?

It's been 18 months since Professor John Bolton and Philip Provenzano published their Six Steps to Managing Demand in Adult Social Care.

Understanding the needs of older merchant navy veterans

The Institute of Public Care is working with Seafarers UK and Nautilus Welfare Fund to develop a better understanding of the size, location, health and social care needs of Veterans from the Merchant Navy, RFA and Fishing communities and their spouses/partners. Read our interim report from this research.

Transforming care and relationship-based commissioning

IPC consultants have been working with a group of providers to develop a model of relationship-based commissioning, which is based on the IPC commissioning model. It focuses on how commissioners can develop good relationships with providers that result in solutions for developing community-based provision for the Transforming Care cohort of people with learning disabilities, currently living in inpatient care.

MSP outcomes framework report

IPC and RiPfA were commissioned by ADASS, on behalf of the LGA CHIP programme, to work with stakeholders and a small group of local authorities to develop an MSP outcomes framework that built on local best practice, utilised existing data collection and included qualitative and quantitative information.


Findings from our large scale analysis of outcomes for children in care in Wales

Analysis of outcomes for children and young people 4 to 5 years after a final Care Order. Published in May 2018, this analysis was commissioned from IPC by the Welsh Government

Evaluation of the Adoption Support Fund for the Department for Education (DfE)

IPC commissioned to evaluate the Adoption Support Fund (ASF). The scheme started by the Department for Education five years ago, provides funding for adoptive families to access therapeutic support.

Messages on the Future of Domiciliary Care Services

IPC are really pleased to publish a report by our Professor John Bolton and Dr Jane Townson of Somerset Care that offers their thoughts and key messages on the commissioning, design and delivery of outcome based domiciliary care.

Learning disability market position statements, are they fit for purpose?

Sarah Broadhurst of IPC and Keri Landau analysed published learning disability market position statements to assess whether they are actually helping to shape the market and produced a learning disabilities market position statement checklist.

IPC paper Market Shaping in Adult Social Care

IPC paper captures the keys points of a presentation given by IPC Assistant Director Fiona Richardson at the Health plus Care conference in June 2017. It analyses changes in the care home market in England before and after the Care Act (2014) and summarises experience from IPC’s work on market shaping.

Commissioning an ordinary life for people with learning disabilities

A paper from IPC considers the role of commissioners in implementing change.

Transforming social care through the use of information and technology – sharing new and innovative practice

Information and technology is transforming the way adults and children’s services are designed and delivered.

Tools and guidance to support market shaping activity

IPC has developed a suite of tools and guidance to help inform local authority market shaping activities, based on extensive work with local authorities and providers.