Co-production is a difficult thing to do well. My Way are intending to develop all our support and services with Co-production at the heart of what we do. What this means is that people who use services are recognised as experts in their own right.

Co-production means services working together with people who use services
and carers. Co-production starts from the idea that no one group or person is more important than any other group or person.

We aim to ensure that involvement is conducted in a consistent, robust and genuinely meaningful fashion and has become a part of our culture, part of the “way we always do things”.

Co-production is not just a word, it’s not just a concept, it is a
meeting of minds coming together to find a shared solution. In
practice, it involves people who use services being consulted,
included and working together from the start to the end of any
project that affects them.

Think Local Act Personal (2011) Making it real: Marking progress towards personalised,
community based support, London: TLAP.

Co-production has been broken down into the following:

  • co-design, including planning of services
  • co-decision making in the allocation of resources
  • co-delivery of services, including the role of volunteers in providing the service, and
  • co-evaluation of the service

A way of working whereby citizens and decision makers, or
people who use services, family carers and service providers work
together to create a decision or service which works for them all.
The approach is value driven and built on the principle that those
who use a service are best placed to help design it.’

National Occupational Standards (undated) SFHMH63: Work with people and
significant others to develop services to improve their mental health.

We recognise that involving people we support is an important method in improving our services. By enabling people to feed in their ideas and preferences we can also promote their independence. Through effective involvement we can support and enable vulnerable people to develop their capacity to live independently while being integrated into, and contributing to, local communities.

To find out more about Co-production from the Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE) please Click Here.

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