What is Co-production?


What is co-production?

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“Co-production is about combining our mutual strengths and capacities so that we can work with one another on an equal basis to achieve positive change”.

– Fiona Garven, Scottish Community Development Centre and Co-Chair, Scottish Co-production Network.

Why Co-Production?

  • To keep people well
  • To empower people who use services and staff
  • To make the best use of time and resources
  • To improve quality of relationships and help achieve the outcomes that matter most to people
  • To connect better with communities and make the most of their assets and skills
  • Because human rights and equality must be at the centre of what we do.

This video gives a handy introduction to co-production:

We’re working to embed co-production approaches in health and social care in Scotland. The Christie Report noted the need to “design and deliver services with and for people.”

 “Reforms must aim to empower individuals and communities receiving public services by involving them in the design and delivery of the services they use.”

In this video, People Powered Health and Wellbeing Programme Director Lisa Curtice discusses the meaning of co-production and the next steps for co-production in Scotland:

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