Our co-production team review activities over 2017 for our annual report.
The importance of co-production as a cornerstone in the reform of health and social care has long been recognised by the Scottish Government both in legislation and policy and by encouraging the adoption of asset based approaches through supported programmes such the ALLIANCE’s People Powered Health and Wellbeing (PPHW). Since the completion of PPHW in 2016 the ALLIANCE has continued to promote the principles of co-production as part of the ‘DNA’ within all its work programmes.
Whilst there has been a discernible increase in the understanding and practice of co-production over recent years the ALLIANCE recognises that much remains to be done in embedding co-production as an integral part of service design and provision if we are to achieve the best outcomes for Scotland’s health and well-being within available resources.
During the year the ALLIANCE has given considerable thought as to the best way to build upon the foundations established by PPHW. This process has included listening and communicating with partners across the public and third sectors and with wider audiences through for example the; ‘Next Steps for Co-production’ conference in May 2017; ‘Empowering our Communities’ event in June 2017 and as part of the Scottish Government hosted Co-production Roundtable in August 2017. The ALLIANCE was also invited to speak at number of international events through 2016/17 on the Scottish approach to co-production.
During the year several ‘Viewpoints’ have also been published which have further excited debate on the future direction for co-production in achieving Scotland’s aspirations for health and wellbeing.
The conclusion from our engagement process is the establishment of the ALLIANCE Self Management and Co-production Hub which is also referred to in other parts of this document. This brings together the Third Sector Integration Team, Scotland’s House of Care Programme and the Self Management Fund and Programme to create a resource which optimises the skills and resources of these work programmes in supporting the sector and partnerships achieve a model of health and social care integration based on the principles of co-production which value and empower all citizens in contributing to their own and society’s health and wellbeing.
Going forward promotion of co-production will be at the centre of the aims and objectives of the Self Management and Co-production Hub.