1. What is co-production?

Co-production means people who use Adult Social 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.

The Our Voice co-production group has chosen the following definition to explain what we mean by the word co-production​:

"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."​ 
- National co-production advisory group, Think Local Act Personal.

To find out more about what co-production is, visit the National Co-production Advisory Group page.

The ladder of participation shows the different ways that people can be involved.

Ladder of terms describing the progression towards achieving co-production at the top
The Ladder of Participation diagram description [Word]

Our vision is for services, policies and strategies in Adult Social Care to be developed by people with lived experience, our staff and other stakeholders working together as equals from start to finish.

Why does co-production matter?

Co-production can mean different things to different people. Listen to people and carers with lived experience, and professionals talk about what co-production means to them.

Ami and Dean Thomas (people with lived experience)

Marion (carer with lived experience)

Eddie Morecroft (person with lived experience)

Melanie Brooks (Corporate Director Adult Social Care and Health)

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