Why we coproduce Why we coproduce We believe that our health and social care system is flawed and needs to be radically reimagined. To achieve this, we believe that communities must have an equal say in decisions about their neighbourhoods and the health care systems that serve them. They must be equal partners in developing new solutions to any complex, systemic problems as well as collaborating on radical new ideas together. We believe that people are never just 'service users' and that patients should not be defined solely by diagnosis or illness. People must be seen for all of the gifts they have. We bring local people with lived experience of using the NHS and social care systems to work with in partnership with professionals at all levels - in a process called coproduction. Coproduction benefits everyone; local people, professionals and the community. Coproduction means planning services together in partnerships based on mutual trust and respect, drawing on a variety of life skills and lived experience to deliver exciting results. Always sharing decision-making. It also means developing our local resilience and agency. All stakeholders have an important part to play - local people, commissioners, chief executives, health care assistants, carers and nurses - everyone's skills, knowledge and experience is valued - even those with whom we disagree. Together we are able to work on big system re-design, integration, transformation and policy and development. This can minimise the impact of difficult financial decisions and create solutions that are created with local people - not 'done to' them. We are partners, not suppliers. To model the coproduction process, We Coproduce collaborates with health care organisations and commissioners only as equal partners. This means that together we push boundaries and challenge each others thinking towards braver ideas and better outcomes.