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Co-production Working Group

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What is the Co-Production  Working Group?

The Co-Production Working Group is supported by Devon County Councils Involvement and Equalities Team.

The Co-Production Working Group are looking at ways of working in partnership with people who use services, carers and citizens to improve public services. The group have planned and developed Co-production awareness sessions.

The Group is made up of people with lived experience, carers and officers. All the meetings are run in a co-productive way.

What is the Co-Production Network?

These network meetings are informal and a chance for you to discuss and swap ideas with others about how you can apply co-production principles to your work The Co-Production working group members who ran the awareness sessions attend the Network meetings to give advice and guidance if needed.

You can find a film about the groups work here. The film shows our group made up of service users and carers grappling with the challenges co-production can create when trying to work towards a co-productively produced set of aims or just running a meeting in a true co-productive way. You will be able to see us experiencing the highs and lows with a view to advising and training Devon County Council commissioning staff and beyond.


“It’s been an absolute revelation” Hayley United Response

“Painful at times, but worth it” Lloyd People First

“I found it difficult not having a chair or papers “Derek Living Options Devon trustee.


First Online Co-Production Awareness Session a success!

More sessions to come…

We started our first training course on 5th December 2019 , since then we have trained over 100 people and set up our own Co – Production Network to offer facilitation, support and advice.

  • “I had no expectations at all of the course, it has been one of the most thought-provoking courses that I have attended, and I expect it has the potential for far reaching changes in the way I work”

  • “Really challenged and made me think about how to approach work in the future”.

  • Lots of excellent tips on working with Teams to ensure equality sharing ownership etc and which in turn gives higher satisfaction and greater productivity.

We had lots of positive feedback from those people who attended and due to popular demand we will be providing more opportunities to attend the same session throughout the year and follow up sessions that will give further opportunities to practice the Principles of Co-Production –  for more information please email our Co-Production Working Group Mailbox –


National Co-Production Weeks

Some members of the Co-Production Working Group Devon were able to take part in forums and seminars held during – Co-Production Week England. The next National Co – Production Week will take place from 4 to 9 July 2022.

National Co-production Week is back for a seventh year and takes place 4 July to 9 July 2022. It celebrates the benefits of co-production, share good practice and promote the contribution of people who use services and carers in developing better public services.

The theme is ‘The impact of co-production’.

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.

There are lots of events to choose from Click here to find out more National Co-production Week | SCIE

Why do we need Co-Production?

The Social Care Institute for Excellence describes Co-production as a key concept in the development of public services. It has the potential to make an important contribution to all of the big challenges that face social care services. Co-production can support:

  •  implementation of the Care Act 2014
  •  cost-effective services
  •  improved user and carer experience of services
  •  increased community capacity
  •  outcome-focused and preventative services integration.

The Care Act 2014 is one of the first pieces of legislation to specifically include the concept of co-production in its statutory guidance. 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. A useful guide and web resources can be found here.

For more information please contact Kathryn Bird

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