The Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) programme links health and social care funding for individuals with complex, long-term needs. It aims to explore how to link system redesign and funding models with giving people more control through person-centred care, support planning and integrated personal budgets. The objectives of the programme are to:
The programme is mainly targeted towards: children and young people with complex needs; people with multiple long-term conditions (e.g. older frail people); people with learning disabilities with high support needs; and people with significant mental health needs. The programme began in April 2015 and is being implemented in nine sites in England.
PIRU, along with colleagues from the Economics of Social and Healthcare Research Unit (ESHCRU) at the University of Kent, was commissioned by the Department of Health to undertake an early evaluation of the IPC programme, and to provide advice and recommendations on feasible research questions and methods for a longer-term outcome evaluation of IPC.
Building on work undertaken by RAND Europe in summer 2015, which looked at the early stages of the IPC programme, our evaluation focuses on:
The work is taking place in two phases:
The evaluation methods include carrying out semi-structured interviews with the leads and other staff in each of the IPC sites, and the collection of administrative data that may be available relating to people who have been assessed for integrated personal budgets.
One objective of this early evaluation is to provide advice on feasible research questions and methods for a longer-term evaluation. An interim report on this topic was submitted to DH in February 2016.
The final report of the early evaluation of the IPC programme should be available by the end of 2016.