A critical part of the way the Coalition for Collaborative Care works is known as ‘co-production’. Put simply, this means ensuring that people with long term health conditions, health and social care professionals, carers and charities work alongside one another to co-design services and support.
We model this within the Coalition with our own ‘Co-Production Group’ which brings together people with unique experiences and perspectives on living with long term conditions. Each one of them is an ‘expert by experience’.
Our Co-Production Group has a number of core members who meet regularly and a series of flexible members who can offer specific expertise and involvement when required.
Our membership collectively includes people caring for their children who have long term health conditions, people living with sensory and physical disabilities and carers of people with dementia.
The Co-Production Group is a powerful voice in the governance of C4CC, co-chairing the steering board of the Coalition and being represented in all key groups. They have a strong role in ensuring that co-production is driven forward in initiatives on the ground, as well as sharing good practice and creating core materials which support their activities.
As the Coalition grows and develops, ‘co-production’ will be at the heart of each and every strand of our work.