Commissioning for Health and Social Care


Institute of Public Care

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    The Institute of Public Care (IPC) at Oxford Brookes University was established in 1987. It exists to promote well run evidence based public care. Commissioning, procurement and market facilitation in health and social care are key areas of practice for the Institute. The chapters in the book were written by a group of staff and Fellows at IPC and captures the learning from knowledge-transfer activities including consulting, research and teaching over those years. They are intended to be read as standalone chapters within a common overall framework, and as a result we include overlapping tools and ideas. IPC is very grateful to the many people we have worked with over the years from the National Health Service, local authorities and providers of care from the private, voluntary and non-for-profit sectors, as without them this book would not have been possible.

    Professor Keith Moultrie, Director, Institute of Public Care

    Publisher's Acknowledgements

    Fig 1.2: NHS Information Centre commissioning cycle is republished with the permission of The Health and Social Care Information Centre.

    Fig 1.3: National Audit Office (NAO) model of commisioning and civil society is republished with permission of the National Audit Office. To find out more visit

    Fig 3.8: Locating priorities is republished with permission of Karen Newbigging and Chris Heginbotham.

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