All of our work is rooted in coproduction. We take this approach as we know from experience that when people, with different levels of support dependent on their need, design their own solutions, these are invariably more meaningful, sustainable and can often be more economical. In recent years this approach has been termed ‘coproduction’ but at its heart are the principles of good community development work.

As we have developed our practice, we have many examples of coproduced approaches and tools that we often share. These include examples of strategic coproduction where local people are developed and supported as equal partners to bring about changes to policy, systems and staff practice across teams. We also have examples of more individualised coproduction, working with groups of local people, or individual local people to design their own supports and purchase their own packages of care.

Who is this training for?

This training is for anyone who wants to explore how to deliver a personalised and outcome-focussed approach to their work. Whether it’s a board of directors implementing culture change, commissioners wanting to design and shape services, or a service provider/social worker wanting to improve practice and embed an asset-based approach, this training will put people at the heart of what you do.

Learning outcomes:
  • understand what coproduction is and isn’t and examine some basic approaches and tools to embed coproduction into your work.

  • understand the importance of positive relationships and the means by which these can be established and maintained.

  • recognise some of the barriers and challenges to working in coproduction and potential solutions.

  • identify good practice examples to debate and learn from.

  • understand and facilitate coproduction at both an individual and strategic level.

  • reflect and think creatively on personal working practices and those of colleagues that need developing.

  • explore how coproduction can lead to improved outcomes for the people that you work with.

Why is this training important?

Coproduction is underpinned by a power shift that sees disabled people and people with lived experience of mental health difficulties as equal partners.

It is a key element of legislation such as The Care Act and Children and Families Act, both in relation to work with individuals and at a strategic level.

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