Our History

The People Powered Health and Wellbeing (PPHW) programme has previously been funded by the Scottish Government as part of its person centred health and social care agenda. The highly successful first phase of the programme concluded in March 2016, with an aim of enabling people to influence their own health and wellbeing, and contribute to the design, delivery and improvements of support services.

The programme did so by bringing together partners in the third and statutory sectors in order to develop the capacity of people who use and deliver health and social care services. This ensured that the individual and community assets were used to improve health and wellbeing, and regular reports of the programme were provided to the Strategic Leads, and the Portfolio Steering Group for Health and Social Care.

During the 18 months of the programme, an effective reference group was established, made up of people with lived experience who contributed individually and collectively to the person centred agenda nationally and locally.

You can read the reference group’s Action Research findings: The Impact of Engagement on Wellbeing

You can read the materials from the first phase of the programme here:

Conversations That Change Lives

Assets-A New Social Currency

The Power of Lived Experience

Creating the Conditions For Change

The programme is now in a transitional phase, and is currently putting together a proposal for Scottish Government which will focus on helping Health and Social Care Partnerships to embed co-production approaches in their work, at both a strategic and frontline level.

To support our proposal, we have undertaken several scoping exercises:

  • We held an Open Space Event, which brought together leaders in health and social care, third sector representatives, and those who access support and services to discuss a national co-production strategy. Read the Open Space Event here.
  • Surveyed those who work in health and social care at both a frontline and strategic level about their current understanding and approach to co-production and to identify any barriers to using co-production in their and their organisation’s work.
  • Conducted follow up interviews with strategic leaders in the third sector and Health and Social Care Partnerships to scope how they use co-production and identify any barriers and challenges their organisation has faced when using co-production.


Stay up to date with the latest news of the programme by looking at our news section on the website, and following us on twitter @pphwscot