National Co-production Week – Nothing about us without us

01 July 2016

Citizens and professionals working together for better services. Monday 4 – Thursday 8 July 2016

Co-production is about working in equal partnership with people using services, carers, families and citizens. SCIE's National Co-production Week is the first event of its kind. It will celebrate the benefits of co-production, share good practice and highlight the contribution of people who use services and carers to developing better public services.

It will include a Co-production Festival for SCIE’s Co-Production Network members on Thursday 7 July. Journalists are invited. Please contact

Co-production offers the chance to transform social care and health provision to a model that that offers people real choice and control.

SCIE will mark National Co-production Week by:

  • holding a co-production festival 7th July in London with members of its Co-production Network and invited guests
  • holding an Introduction to co-production training session on 30 June in central London
  • sharing good practice. In the run-up to the week and in the week itself SCIE will be tweeting and blogging about good practice in co-production.

The Co-production Festival is a fun way to learn more about co-production, to network and to share good practice. A range of musicians, comedians and poets will be performing, including:

A co-production song has been specially written for the week, performed by Kay-Jay Simmons – Nothing about us without us. The festival will include a Co-production Question Time based on the BBC format, with SCIE Chair Lord Michael Bichard in the David Dimbleby role. There will also be a co-production manifesto room, discussion groups, a video box and a chance to view a range of co-production films.

Here are some more co-production links:

The Care Act 2014 is one of the first pieces of legislation to specifically include the concept of co-production in its statutory guidance. The guidance defines co-production and suggests that it should be a key part of implementing the Care Act. In particular, co-production should be used to develop preventative, strength-based services, support assessment, shape the local care market and plan information and advice services.

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