Resources on co-production
Our partners in the Health and Wellbeing Alliance, Win Win Alliance, have produced some very short and simple guides to co-production.
This is in recognition that people with lived experience of disability, health conditions and using services welcome being able to contribute to service policy, design, delivery and evaluation of services. Many service users want to do this to help others in the same position as them, to ‘give something back’. Service users have valuable experience which organisations can benefit from.
However, service users cannot automatically become useful representatives – they need induction, training and support just like any paid member of staff would. They need to be valued and motivated and rewarded too.
The resources focus on co-production with people with disabilities, but are of use more widely. They include: a definition of co-production; essential elements for effective co-production; and top tips.
They are available to download from www.shapingourlives.org.uk/