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Co-Production Working Group

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Next awareness session: Friday 10th September 2021, 9.45am  

We run sessions throughout the year, we also offer tailor-made awareness sessions for specific groups and projects. Here is a link to some of the projects that we have helped .

Please contact us for more information.

What is the Co-Production  Working Group?

The Co-Production Working  Group exists to work with Devon County Council and exists help integrate Co-Production into Social Care Commissioning.

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 is made up of people with lived experience and or carers. All the meetings are run in a co-productive way. Over the next year the group will be working on the following;

  •  Co-Production Awareness Raising Session
  •  A Film highlighting examples of Co-Productive working within Devon County Council
  •  A Guide on the Principles of Co-Production for Staff and Service Users
  • Striving for True Co-production – A Short  Co-Production Film from Devon

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.

On Thursday 8th October we held our first online Co-Production Awareness Session. Because of the current Covid -19 situation, the Co-Production Working Group have worked hard to modify the already existing version of the awareness session to make it accessible online using the Microsoft Teams platform.

  • “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 –


Co-Production Week

Some members of the Co-Production Working Group Devon were able to take part in forums and seminars held during – Co-Production Week England 2020, 6th – 10th July

Co-production Week was started by SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence) in 2016. It is about highlighting the benefits of working together positively, sharing good practice, learning from one another, making connection and emphasising the importance of fully involving people who use services and carers in developing better public services. SCIE web page ‘Co-Production Week 2021

The group were able to share the Devon Co-production group “Challenges of Co-Production” Video and received an invitation to join and observe the Oxfordshire Councils Co-production Board in the future

Oxford County Council Co-Production Programme where you can find more information about how they are using Co-Production methods as part of their work.

Oxford County Council have produced a handbook that contains some tools for working in a Co-Productive way. Oxford County Council Handbook.

The Co-Production Working Group at Devon County Council will be using what they have learnt from Oxford County Council influence how they continue encouraging others to work in a Co-Productive way as part of the Adult Social Care processes.


The first Co-Production Awareness Session – December 5th 2019 was a huge success!

Feedback from the session:

‘I would really like to use this in my work and I will review all my current projects to see if there are ways I can introduce this’

‘Very good session’

‘Loved it!’

‘I will ensure I think about when , how and where to use the Co-Production method and brief my team at next team meeting’

‘A really useful new lense to view my work through! Thankyou!’

If you are interested in taking part in a Co-Production Awareness Session please contact Kath Bird

A free Awareness Session developed and delivered by The Co-Production Working Group working in conjunction with Devon County Council.

  •   A chance to hear the opportunities and challenges of Co-Productive working,
  •  Learn about how you can plan to integrate Co-Production methods into Social Care Commissioning.

You can find a film about the groups work here



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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