Integrated Personal Commissioning programme

The Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) programme is a new voluntary approach to blending health and social care funding for individuals with complex needs, as set out in the Next Steps in the NHS Five Year Forward View.

As well as care plans and voluntary sector advocacy and support, IPC will provide an integrated, “year of care” budget that will be managed by people themselves or on their behalf by councils, the NHS or a voluntary organisation.

Tower Hamlets is the only London borough participating in the three year national programme, alongside eight other sites across the country. The learning from these sites will help to inform the roll out of the IPC programme more widely.

The aim of the programme is to enable people with complex needs to have a better quality of life and achieve the outcomes that are important to them. It also aims to reduce unplanned hospital and institutional care and better integrate local health and care services.

Tower Hamlets is focusing on the following four groups of people:

  • Children and young people with complex needs, including those eligible for education, health and care plans.
  • Adults with multiple long-term conditions including COPD.
  • Adults with learning disabilities with high support needs, including those who are in or at risk of being placed in institutional settings
  • Adults with significant mental health needs, including those eligible for the Care Programme Approach

A Frequently Asked Questions document has been prepared to answer any questions you might have about PHBs, how they work and who you need to contacted if you are interested in finding out more.