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IPC Commissioning Alumni Network

NEW for 2024 - Regional Action Learning Sets

We are pleased to launch the Regional Action Learning Set Series exclusively for the IPC Commissioning Alumni Network in 2024.

Action Learning Sets are a powerful method for commissioning colleagues to learn from others, and support self-development to include:

  • working on real challenges, using the knowledge and support of a peer group to stimulate new ideas and drive action
  • sets with a maximum of 15 alumni members and covering 2-3 topics
  • attendees providing a brief of a commissioning challenge or topic.

We hope this will create smaller, regional networks that will support meaningful connections that ultimately become self-running events.


To book your exclusive place on the Regional Action Learning Sets, then please visit the IPC Alumni Online Forum where you will find all the dates and further details.

Commissioning Alumni Network

In 2022, IPC celebrated 20 years of successfully delivering commissioning courses to over 2,000 people from social care and health organisations across the UK. To build on this landmark achievement we created the IPC Alumni Network.

It provides an opportunity to grow networks and connect with fellow alumni from across the UK. Network members can attend exclusive workshops and, via the forum, our alumni are discussing the latest topics and trends and sharing professional skills and ideas with like-minded peers.

We invite all known commissioning course alumni to join the network. If you do not receive an email, and you believe you are an alumni, please email us at and we will contact you.

Commissioning Alumni Forum

We have created an exclusive online forum for alumni. This members-only forum enables our alumni to connect, discuss and share information across the country. The forum topic threads cover areas such as:

- Integrated or collaborative commissioning

- Adult commissioning

- Children’s commissioning

- National legislation and research

- Contract management and monitoring

- General procurement

All materials from our Alumni Conference and 2023 webinar programme are posted on the forum.

New year kick off - Commissioning Alumni webinar

Investing in in-house children’s Residential Homes

Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss experiences and advice on investing in internal children residential homes with other colleagues on the call and we will be joined by two local authorities – Somerset Council and Oxfordshire County Council – who are investing in internal residential children provision for their regions.


Wednesday 28th February 2024, 14:00-16:00, Microsoft Teams


This free and exclusive event is offered to the Academic Partners of IPC and the Alumni of the IPC Certificate in Commissioning and Purchasing for Public Care. Alumni members can register their place at the webinar via the IPC Alumni Online Forum.

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2024 Commissioning Alumni webinar series

Future 2024 webinar topics TBC:

  • Outcome based commissioning at the edge of care: Use of Social Impact Bonds in Children Services, from a providers perspective

  • How commissioners can support adult social care providers to provide better care through improving their data security

More to be announced.

If you are interested in hosting or sharing any good practice or learning with your commissioning colleagues via this network, or have any requests for webinar topics for 2024, please email IPC at

Alumni sign up

We send network invites to all known alumni of the accredited IPC Certificate in Commissioning and Purchasing for Public Care, so please check your email. New workshops are posted in the events section of our website and on the Alumni Forum.

If you do not receive an email, and you believe you are an alumni, please email us at and we will contact you.

2023 Webinar Highlights

  1. The key enablers and principles for strategic and collaborative commissioning and planning across health and social care. This webinar focussed on a Local Government Association publication, supported by IPC, and is available here.
  2. Thriving Babies: Confident Parents (TBCP) Programme - Joined by Nicola Bailey, the Team Manager of the TBCP pilot programme in Manchester City Council, attendees heard about the pilot programme, its impact, outcomes and any lessons learnt so far. Insights from this webinar can be seen here.
  3. 15 years of describing, measuring and monitoring outcomes in social care - have we got it right yet?: Philip Provenzano and Michael Mellors offered a summary of recent research and evidence on outcomes based monitoring in social care. Insights from this webinar can be seen here
  4. Prioritising in commissioning: Joined by guest speaker, Dr Kevin Petts from West Wales, the network heard about the increasing importance of prioritisation in commissioning - in regards to limited resources and increasing demand on public services. Insights from this webinar can be seen here.
  5. Digital inclusion in adult social care: Joined by speakers from Oxford Brookes University, we heard about recent research into the potential inclusion and exclusion of implementing digital technology methods for delivering care and support in adult services. Insights from this webinar can be seen here.
  6. Co-Production in adult social care: Co-delivered by an expert by experience, this webinar considered Arnstein’s Ladder of Participation (1969) and the journey beyond consultation to co-design and co-production with local people and communities in adult social care. Insights from this webinar can be found here.

I am sure the network joins us in thanking everyone who contributed to these events. Sharing our knowledge and experiences is key to the value of this network.

Commissioning Alumni Conference November 2022

IPC hosted the first Alumni Conference on 28th November 2022 at Conference Aston Hotel Birmingham. The event was incredibly well attended by over 70 commissioning course alumni from all over the country.

Some of the feedback included:

It was great to meet colleagues & hear about course developments”
“It was interesting to hear about what commissioners are grappling with and how much we are prepared for the future”
“It was good to reach out to members outside of my immediate network, especially those who have really embraced coproduction”

Amy Harmsworth, Senior Consultant
Amy Harmsworth, Senior Consultant

Contact us to find out more about the IPC Commissioning Alumni Network

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