Co-production is a central tenet of our work and we help others to facilitate or develop co-production in their environment.
What is Co-production?
Co-production is a way of working that involves people who use health and care services, carers and communities in equal partnership; and which engages groups of people at the earliest stages of service design, development and evaluation. Co-production acknowledges that people with ‘lived experience’ of a particular condition or healthcare pathway are often best placed to advise on what support and services will make a positive difference to their lives.
Co-production in Dementia Care
Co-production allows every voice to be heard equally. It is important to have the right people involved in the process and create an environment which removes any power dynamics which may prevent everyone from having parity of contribution.
All too often, the process can be distilled into something which is simply tokenistic, resulting in little tangible benefit. The Ladder of Co-production created by Think Local Act Personal demonstrates the different levels of engagement leading up to true co-production.
We can help organisations facilitate effective co-production by sharing our collective experiences, knowledge and resources. Co-production isn’t easy but when approached with genuine curiosity and a desire to work collaboratively to solve problems, it is a powerfully effective way to design and deliver health and social care.