Why We Coproduce?

Everyone benefits from coproducing  – local people, professionals and the community. People move on from being seen as simply 'service users' and patients - defined just by their illness or use of services to being active citizens who engage fully in their community and care about its future.

Research* has demonstrated the benefits of coproduction.  Participants living with mental health issues have gained a greater sense of belonging, improved their connections with local groups and strengthened their relationships with peers, family and friends. In one case 90 per cent of participants reported reduced isolation. Participants also said they experienced less stigma from mental health professionals and the wider community. Coproduction also improved their skills and access to education and made them more employable.
At a time of increasing financial pressures, coproduction can make services more effective and increase capacity to deliver. This in turn improves staff morale, building a happier workforce who are more likely to be retained, creating consistent care and so improving patient and carer experience.
We do not agree that coproduction is about one off coproduction events where people are asked what they think and never hear back - we believe in building genuine partnerships where power is shared from the point of naming the issue to delivering the solution. We use Nesta's 6 principles of coproduction because authentic co-production enables us to achieve more together.
We Coproduce runs a number of workshops through out the year to help local people and professionals explore the differences between co-production and user involvement and to begin to understand the impact this way of working together has on everyone.
* NESTA - People Powered Health, NEF
Image: Jane McGrath - CEO