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Alumni Network Launch

IPC is celebrating 20 years of successfully delivering adults’ and children’s commissioning courses to over 2,000 people from social care and health organisations across the UK. To build on this - and as a thank you to everyone who has participated - we have launched a new Alumni network.

This is an opportunity to grow your network and connect with fellow Alumni from across the UK. You can challenge your perspectives on the latest topics and trends and develop and share professional skills and ideas with like-minded peers.

All known alumni of the IPC Certificate in Commissioning and Purchasing for Public Care who gained an accredited pass or higher will be contacted directly about events or key information. If you do not receive our emails, and you believe you are an Alumni, please complete the following verification form and we will contact you.

Alumni Commissioning Conference November 2022

“A Celebration of 20 years of the IPC Commissioning Course”

Monday 28th November 2022 (note date change due to rail strike)

Conference Aston Hotel, Birmingham

Arrival from 09:00 Conference: 09:45-16:30

For the past 20 years, the Institute of Public Care (IPC) at Oxford Brookes University has delivered an accredited commissioning course, supporting over 2,000 colleagues across health and social care to implement excellent commissioning practice across the UK. To mark our notable 20 year anniversary, you are invited to celebrate with us at our Alumni Commissioning Conference for current and ex-students of the course.

The Conference will

  • recognise the achievements of the commissioning course and reflect on how the commissioning world has changed over the past 20 years
  • provide an opportunity to hear a number of talks and presentations on current innovative and/or evidence based commissioning practice across the UK
  • bring together commissioners from across England and Wales to share good practice and ideas, and make connections

Places are limited and filling fast so to book your place please visit our website events page here.

We are excited to let you know the following event topics and presentations are confirmed:

  • Working to improve the recruitment and retention of care workers
  • How can brokers affect the children’s placement market - Commissioning Alliance
  • Supporting people home from hospital - Discharge to Assess
  • Co-Production in Adult Social Care
  • Procurement with Negotiation - home for children, with children
  • Alternatives to traditional home care - outcome and asset based care (Community Catalysts)
  • Working together in partnership with and for young people
  • Relational and collaborative commissioning and procurement - Providers as Strategic Partners
  • Collaborative and Integrated Commissioning for health and care

With more to be announced……

We’ll also host a Q&A panel with panel members representing children’s and adult services and public health and care providers. The focus will be on, ‘Where do we see commissioning going in the next 20 years?'

This free event is exclusively for alumni of the IPC Certificate in Commissioning and Purchasing for Public Care who gained an accredited pass or higher.

All known alumni of the commissioning course will be contacted directly.

If you do not receive an email, and you believe you are an Alumni, please complete the following verification form and we will contact you.

Alumni Workshop series

We are delivering a series of Workshops (listed on the Events page). Each virtual workshop, led by one of our IPC consultants and guest speaker(s), will focus on a particular commissioning topic or issue.

Our first workshop was held in January and was aimed at adult commissioning course Alumni on the topic: Setting a Fair Price for Social Care Services and the feedback was excellent.

Our second workshop was delivered in April 2022 and was led by Chris Watson see his latest publication on ‘Personalising Commissioning – an Overview of Individual Service Funds’. One commissioner said, “I really liked the mix of presentations from both commissioner and provider viewpoints and the interaction and opportunity for discussion was great.” More insights from the workshop can be viewed on our website here.

More recently we hosted the workshop entitled “Show me the way to go home”, lessons and next steps for effective Discharge to Assess and Home First systems. Philip Provenzano, Assistant Director, and Melanie Henwood, Associate Consultant shared some of the good practice and lessons learnt by systems across England by drawing on the findings from a number of recent projects reviewing D2A arrangements as highlighted in their recent briefing paper.

Our next workshop will be held 8th November 2022 and the topic is 'Modern Slavery' led by Agnes Turnpenny from IPC who has produced a number of reports on this sensitive topic area. More details to follow please visit our events page.

We send invites to commissioning course Alumni for these free and exclusive events, so please check your email and new workshops are posted in the events section of our website.

If you do not receive an email, and you believe you are an Alumni, please complete the following verification form and we will contact you.

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