Co-production: Working together to make things better

Co-production in Adult Social Care


A group of people and unpaid carers’, with lived experience are helping to shape the way Adult Social Care and Health services are developed by Nottinghamshire County Council.

We're looking for more people with experience of using any of our adult social care services to help improve what we do.  If you would like to get  involved or simply find out more please get in touch, email

Co-production means people who use adult care services and their family carers working as equals alongside staff sharing their experience, skills and influence to help design, develop, deliver and monitor services.

We have chosen to use the Think Local Act Personal definition of co-production in Adult Social Care:

‘Co-production is not just a word, it is not just a concept, it is a meeting of minds coming together to find shared solutions. In practice, co-production involves people who use services being consulted, included and working together from the start to the end of any project that affects them. When co-production works best, people who use services and carers are valued by organisations as equal partners, can share power and have influence over decisions made.’  

We are working in partnership with a steering group of people with experience of using adult social care. The group have developed the following principles for how we work together.

  • We will all value and work with people’s skills, knowledge, experience, and interests to improve services and make them better
  • We will all take positive action to let people know about what we are doing and make sure that any person or group of people that want to be involved is included and valued
  • Meetings will be made to work for everyone. We will use language, written information and other kinds of communication that works for all
  • We are all honest and open to promote mutual trust by respecting people’s views and wishes

The co-production group want to increase its size and diversity and are looking for people with experience of mental health services, younger people, and those from minority ethnic communities to get involved as they are currently under-represented voices in the group.   If you are interested please email

We are looking for people to get involved in lots of different areas of work. Recently we have had people helping us with issues around Direct Payments, Home care, Accessible information and Improving communication around complaints. But new projects are starting all of the time so if you want to make a difference please get in touch and we will arrange a time to have a conversation about what we are doing and  how you can get involved.    

We are looking for people who:

  • live in Nottinghamshire
  • have personal experience of using Nottinghamshire Adult Social Care either for themselves or a family member.
  • want to use their experience to make things better for other people.
  • have some time and willing to learn with us and share their ideas

If this is you please email and we will arrange a suitable time to have a chat with you.

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