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Co-production Week 2024

 1 – 5 July 2024

Addressing gaps in co-production: Kathryn Smith and Patrick Wood.

Co-production Week 2024 welcome message: John Evans

Theme 2024: ‘Co-production: What’s Missing’?

Co-production is about working in equal partnership with people using services, carers, families and citizens. Co-production offers the chance to transform social care and health provision to a model that offers people real choice and control.

Monday 1 July marks the start of Co-production Week 2024, a celebration of the power of co-production to design and develop better ways of doing things in social care, hosted by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

It celebrates the benefits of co-production, shares good practice and promotes the contribution of people who access care and support in developing better social care.

The theme this year, ‘Co-production: What’s Missing’?, invites us to look at the need to go beyond familiar voices and increase equity and diversity in co-production, think about how we can access better training and development and have clear definitions and language around co-production. We’ll also be thinking about how to show the impact and difference co-production makes and how we can make a good business case for it.

By focusing on what’s missing, we aim to spark discussions and innovations to address those gaps and improve people’s experience of co-production in social care.

There’ll be a programme of activity throughout the week including webinars and an online conference with guest speakers and workshops highlighting co-production in action as well as tools to show the difference co-production makes.

We’ll share resources, publish blogs and have plenty of interactive discussions on social media highlighting what’s missing in co-production and what’s needed to amplify the experiences and perspectives of diverse groups of people.

Online sessions – recordings available soon.

Kirklees: A co-production journey webinar

Recorded Monday 1 July, 11am-12.15pm.

From creating a vision for co-production to setting up a Co-production Board and a Direct Payments offer, Kirklees Council have embraced co-production creatively and meaningfully. Find out key activities including how they kick-started discussions about an evaluation tool rooted in living a good life, barriers encountered and how they were overcome with ambitions for the future of co-production in Kirklees.

Speakers: Tamsin Macdonald (Local Area Coordination Manager, Kirklees Council), Beve Smith (Co-production Partner), Jon Mills (Co-production Partner), Alex Chaplin (Strategy and Policy Officer, Kirklees Council), Claire Den Burger-Green (Co-production Partner).

SCIE’s online Co-production Week Conference 

Recorded Wednesday 3 July, 10am 4pm

We’re delighted to announce SCIE’s online Co-production Week Conference on Wednesday 3 July (10am-4pm) – a spotlight on and celebration of co-production and exploration of work still left to do.

Packed full of speakers, workshops, plenary discussions and more on the theme of Co-production Week this year: “Co-production: What’s Missing?”. We’ll focus on four themes:

  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and the need for more diverse voices.
  • The need for evidence showing the impact of co-production.
  • Language and definitions around co-production and social care.
  • Information, advice and guidance around co-production.

We’re hosting six workshops – find out more about each one below.

Workshop 1: Looking at impact and evidencing co-production

A deep dive into SCIE’s new impact resource – assessing impact and highlighting the difference co-production makes, funded by the Department of Health and Social Care.

Hosts: Daniel Jupp Kina and Tasnim Rahman (Researchers, Social Care Institute for Excellence) and members of SCIE’s Co-production Steering Group.

Workshop 2: The IMPACT Centre – improving adult care together

Find out more about this ambitious co-produced research on improving social care alongside a TLAP and Centre for Care co-produced research project ‘Technology and Living a Good Life’.

Host: Professor Kate Hamblin and members of the National Co-production Advisory Group (NCAG).

Workshop 3: The language of social care and co-production

This session will demonstrate why we need to pay attention to our language if we’re serious about working together as equals.

We’ll explore:

  • What definitions of co-production – and the language associated with this way of working – reveal about attitudes and practice.
  • The power of language and the impact of our words.
  • Why we need to change the way we communicate with and about people.
  • The words that are missing from our narrative.

Hosts: Co-facilitated by Glyn Butcher and Bryony Shannon.

Workshop 4: More diverse voices/EDI in co-production

Following on from SCIE’s Co-production Week Survey last year, there is a need to move beyond familiar voices without losing expertise but encourage diversity and increase a range of voices in co-production.

Host: Clenton Farquharson and Isaac Samuels.

Workshop 5: New tools and resources to support co-production

Find out about Halton’s Co-production Charter co-designed with people with learning disabilities and autism – a unique partnership between Halton Borough Council, the Integrated Care Board (ICB) and local partners and how this will inform the next stages of their co-production journey.

Host: Nicola Hallmark (Commissioning and Development Manager, Halton Borough Council) with members of Halton Speak Out.

Workshop 6: Hampshire’s ICB co-production experience

This workshop will look at how people with lived experience have worked together with health professionals from the CCG to ICBs for over five years. It will identify the key opportunities in a constructive working relationship and how we overcame barriers in the process including the pandemic and the changes of reorganisation of the ICB.

Hosts: John Evans OBE (PEP) Personalisation Expert Panel. A co-production group of people with lived experience.
Lara Blake, Head of Business Intelligence, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight ICB.
Tracey Knatt, Head of Personalisation and PHB Delivery, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight ICB. Claire Webster (Practice Development Consultant, SCIE).

Lived experience leadership in co-production – online event

Recorded Thursday 4 July, 2pm – 4pm

One of the main aims of co-production is to develop support and services that reflect the needs and wishes of people who access care and support but people with lived experience are usually excluded from the decision-making process. Equality is one of the core principles of co-production but people with lived experience often play a secondary role in co-production projects.

Join us to hear about a successful example of co-production led by people with lived experience, to learn about the benefits of this approach, and to discuss what we can do to implement it more widely in health and social care settings.

Hosts: The Mind CEO Event Planning Group (Chris, Leah, Nozomi, Suneel).

Co-production with people with lived experience of social care underpins and informs what SCIE does, enabling us to recommend best practice in social care.

Co-production as an agent of change

The theme of Co-production Week this year is ‘Co-production: What’s missing?’

It’s an interesting and wide-ranging theme, and I’m sure it will lead to all manner of useful debate and information sharing, probably including consideration of issues relating to time, resources, and support from decision makers to enable co-production to happen. The fact that this is likely to be the case indicates that the idea of co-production has made considerable headway in recent years, and this in itself is cause for optimism (although it should be recognised that when people talk about ‘co-production’, they’re not necessarily talking about the same thing).

I came to co-production from a background of active involvement in the mental health survivor movement, which included a focus on the principle that support and services should be developed in accordance with the needs and wishes of people with lived experience, rather than on what people without this direct experience thought was good for them. As a means of bringing people together on the basis of equality, co-production holds out the promise of enabling this to happen. If the core co-production principles of accessibility, diversity, equality, and reciprocity were put into practice in a meaningful way, the health and social care landscape would be transformed beyond all recognition. But evidence of transformation that makes a positive difference to people’s lives can sometimes seem thin on the ground.

From my perspective, what’s missing in co-production is a commitment to recognising it as an agent of change. Co-production should not be treated as a jargon word, or a more impressive sounding term for tokenistic involvement, or something to be paid lip service to while maintaining the status quo. Co-production practice should result in changes to relationships, behaviour and delivery that bring recognisable benefits to everyone. Otherwise, what’s the point?

Patrick Wood

Chair, SCIE Co-production Network

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Events, activities and online resources – 2023

Programmes, activities and events hosted by SCIE and other partners promoting Co-production Week 2023 are listed below.