3. Co-production projects

 Get a flavour of the current project activity in Adult Social Care.  

Who is involved? 

Carers, Commissioners from Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham City Council, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Bassetlaw Clinical Commissioning Group and representatives from carer services; Tu Vida and Nottinghamshire Carers Association. 

What are we doing? 

We are developing an all-age, Health and Social Care Carers Strategy for unpaid carers across Nottinghamshire and Nottingham City. 

What have we done so far? 

A Carers Strategy Board and Carers Panel (made up of carers) was set up and meet regularly. Work has been done to develop the content of the draft Carers Strategy which has now been approved and has been out to public consultation.

What are we planning next?  

To work with commissioners on developing the new service specifications for carers support services and develop action plans for the final strategy document.

What are people saying? 

The draft strategy produced is an excellent example of co-production and joint working where carers voices and experiences are at the heart of the strategy document.

If you’re interested in finding out more or joining a co-production project, please contact the project lead.

A Quality Assurance Framework (QAF) is being developed for the Adult Social Care & Health department (ASCH)

The framework is a collection of things that will help us know how well we are supporting people who use our services. It will detail the activities, measures and evidence required for us know how well we are doing and where we may fall short, to make sure we have plans in place to put it right.

Who is involved?

The Our Voice group comprising of people with lived experience of services, Group Managers from Nottinghamshire County Council and Officers from the Adult Social Care and Health Co-production group.

What have we done so far?

A Task and Finish group, co-chaired by a member of the Our Voice group and a Group Manager from within ASCH, has been established to progress work on the QAF. A co-production plan has been agreed that will see the Task and Finish group develop the themes of the QAF. This will ensure the themes are described in understandable language and are supported by a set of ‘I Statements’ which define what people with lived experience expect from the department so they can lead as active and fulfilled life as possible.

What are we planning to do next?

Once the themes have been agreed we will move on to explore how we can identify and work with a wider group of people who we provide services to so we can understand and learn from their experience. We will also be setting up a Community of Practice for ASCH staff so they can be involved in helping to design the QAF.

What are people saying?

“It is vital that this framework is co-produced as much as possible, as this is going to shape everything that the Council does in the future. It can be difficult at times knowing what all the strands are and how they fit together, and working to very tight timelines etc, but the more we are involved I believe the easier this will become.  This is an extremely important piece of work, that I find very rewarding”
- Dean (Our Voice member)

“Co-production is a work-in-progress which I believe is beginning to happen with the Quality Assurance Framework. We have a voice and are listened to so that staff have started to look outwards to those who use the services rather than just internally at their processes. We are starting to have honest and real dialogue leading to greater respect for each other.”
- Alyson (Our Voice member)

“Co-production is key to ensuring that we work in partnership with the people and carers who use Adult Social Care services in Nottinghamshire. I am finding the joint work with the co-production group on the framework inspiring and thought-provoking. It can be challenging at times but nothing this important is ever easy! I am looking forward to continuing with this work and want to thank the co-production group for their honesty, clarity and positivity.”
- Emma (Team Manager Living Well Service)

If you’re interested in finding out more or joining a co-production project, please contact the project lead.

Who is involved?

People with learning disabilities, carers, WebEnable (our website provider) and Nottinghamshire County Council.

What are we doing?

Re-designing our website for people with learning disabilities.

What have we done so far?

We have decided what information we want on the website, starting with easy read documents. WebEnable have created three different versions of the homepage using three different sets of easy read symbols.

What are we planning next?

Group members will share the three options with other experts by experience and with their networks to see which version people prefer. We will also make a video introducing the new site for the homepage. Lastly, we plan to find a group of people with learning disabilities to support the update and development of the website.

What are people saying?

People have said that having a learning disability friendly website is a good idea because it will have a layout that works best, and that having all the easy read information in one place will make it easier for people to find and keep up-to-date.

If you’re interested in finding out more or joining a co-production project, please contact the project lead.

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