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Examples of co-production in social care

This resource provides good practice examples including case studies and scenarios of co-production in social care and beyond.

Local authorities

Oxfordshire County Council's Co-production Programme

The Co-production Programme is about embedding co-production in Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) so it becomes the way the Council works.

Co-production project in Hammersmith & Fulham

Find out how setting up a Disabled People’s Commission, led by disabled residents in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham led to eight co-production recommendations for transforming public services.

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council’s My Day My Way project

Myday Myway is a new way of delivering learning disability services by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council.

Community support

Am I Invisible? Using co-production to advocate change in social care

Learning from the COVID-19 pandemic: A co-production project with people with learning disabilities and autism.

Supporting Each Other Equals Power! (SEOEP)

A project to empower people with learning difficulties to help other people with learning difficulties. It was a partnership between the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), People First (Self Advocacy) (PFSA) and Breaking Out of the Bubble (BOB, formerly People First Lambeth).

Learning Disabilities Innovation Fund (LDIF) provides opportunities for people with learning disabilities

A joint effort by Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services (PAVS), the Dream Team and Pembrokeshire People First (PPF), they co-produced the Learning Disabilities Innovation Fund (LDIF) providing an opportunity for people with learning disabilities to come up with ideas for new activities and services and access funding to test them out in practice.

Mind’s co-produced project to diversify those involved in influencing

Looking at how to diversify who Mind involves in their lived experience work, specifically looking at Black, Asian and minority ethnic (racialised) communities and at opportunities to maximise the influence of people with lived experience. Involvement included Mind staff and board members, and an external project lead and six advisors, to add insights and to work together to find solutions.

Co-production project in the South Wales Valleys

Swansea University are working with the community in the village of Troedrhiwfuwch to explore and organise their historical archive, and develop digital technologies through co-production methods. The aim is to preserve the historic legacy of the village for future generations.

Disability Rights UK’s project to increase participation in sport and physical activity

Disability Rights UK working alongside Disabled people and Disabled people’s user-led organisations to lead change in the social care, social work and sport sectors, in order to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for Disabled people and help them to get active in a way that is right for them.

Co-producing improved design and delivery in Rhondda Cynon Taf

The RCT Learning Disability Transformation Programme, a project within Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is aimed at changing and improving the way learning disability and autism services are designed and delivered within the county. Encouraging co-production at all levels of the project, from strategic Board level to open processes for allowing local people to suggest ideas or solutions.

Healthwatch Suffolk’s project to encourage co-production between local people and organisations

Find out how Healthwatch Suffolk invited local community and partner organisations together to understand what co-production means, and how it can and should be embedded into the culture of health and social care provision. One flagship example of co-production locally is the design of a new hospital facility.

Young people in or leaving care

Five Rivers Child Care: The Masks We Wear

The young people worked alongside creative professionals in a spirit of openness and equality to devise and create a project that shines a light on the importance of speaking up and disclosure of abuse. ‘The Masks We Wear’ is a blend of the young people’s stories that they kept silent about in the past.

Care to Listen? How a podcast series led by young people could create a power shift in children’s care

Produced by care experienced young people from Five Rivers (Child Care), Care to Listen is a powerful podcast series. We hear first-hand experiences of what it is like to live and work in the care system.

Education and research

University of Nottingham

Sharing power – Tipping the balance.

Specialist consultancy

Co-production Works specialist co-production support for organisations

Co-production Works is a consultancy which specialises in supporting organisations across public services to work in co-production with people who use services, carers and citizens.

Animated film: Examples of co-production in social care

This animated film about examples of co-production in social care has been released as part of Co-production Week 2023.

This film accompanies the resource which provides good practice examples including case studies and scenarios of co-production in social care and beyond.

The term ‘co-production’ describes working in partnership by sharing power between people who draw on care and support, carers, families and citizens.

Examples of co-production in social care