Getting people involved

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One of the key principles of the SWIPC Programme is to ensure people are involved in its development at every stage. We have produced a SWIPC Co-Production Engagement Strategy to identify how we will make sure that we involve the people with lived experience of Personal Health Budgets (PHBs) and personalised care in the design and delivery of Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC).

What is Co-Production?

Co-production is about developing equal partnerships between people who use services, carers and professionals.

There are different definitions of coproduction but a consensus that working co-productively leads to improved outcomes for people who use services and carers, as well as a positive impact on the workforce.



Here are some of our latest films showing people’s experience of having PHBs and IPC support produced by the regional team.

NHS England are currently looking for people individuals or family carers who have a personal health budget or an IPC personal budget for health and social care. We are looking for people who have lived experience of personalised approaches to health and social care with direct relevance to the Integrated Personal Commissioning and personal health budget programmes. Click here for more information.

South West IPC helping VCSE organisations gain funding

The Voluntary and Community Enterprise Sector (VCSE) are key partners of the SWIPC programme and the IPC team have subsequently helped Danu Blue CIC successfully secure a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Awards for All. Danu Blue are a CIC based in Devon who were keen to set up a social prescribing project with the Coleridge Medical Centre in Ottery St Mary. We advised, researched, and helped them shape their application for a pilot project using Social and Therapeutic Horticulture for people with fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a debilitating neurological disorder characterised by chronic widespread pain and fatigue. General practitioners in the local surgery identified the need for this patient group. Evidence from evaluating the pilot will apply both to the target group and can also be expanded to other patient groups, particularly those with mild to moderate mental health conditions

Useful Resources:

NHS England Involvement Hub

National Peer Network PeopleHub

The Better Care Fund

NHS England Personal Health Budgets

IPC Learning Network