Co-Production Presentations

In recent years, the idea of co-production has become one of the central planks of recovery oriented services. This goes far beyond mere ‘involvement’, to a genuine partnership of professional mental health workers and people who use their services. Together they are able to co-create more relevant services, which can more effectively meet people’s needs.

Co-production is defined as follows:
“Co-production means delivering public services in an equal and reciprocal relationship between professionals, people using services, their families and their neighbors. Where activities are co-produced in this way, both services and neighborhoods become far more effective agents of change.”

In the past, people with lived experience of mental health issues have sometimes been disappointed with their attempts to involve with and improve the services they have been offered.

As Alison Cameron puts it, “I became increasingly disillusioned that I was simply being wheeled out to create the illusion of commitment to … ‘involvement’, ’empowerment’, etc. but I could see that my involvement was to a great degree tokenistic and that professionals often had a profound fear of competent, forthright service users who were often at least as well-informed as they were.”

A Better Future
Hopefully, as co-production of services becomes more widespread, and eventually the norm, problems like this will become a thing of the past. As it states in ‘Putting Recovery at the heart of all we do‘, ‘There will be no more”‘them and us”, only us – sharing struggles and challenges as part of being human.’