A masterclass in co-production, hosted by National Voices, in partnership with C4CC, has been hailed as a “classic collaboration” and is planned to be repeated during 2017.
National Voices, under its Wellbeing Our Way programme, used the event in December, as a practical introduction to co-production, including what it is and how to get started.
It was attended by representatives from a broad range of voluntary sector organisations such as Age UK and the Alzheimers Society, plus others with a specific interest or experience of utilising community assets.
“I think one of the big strengths the day is that it was co-produced in terms of planning and delivering the event,” said Natalie Koussa, programme lead for Wellbeing Our Way.
“We wanted to give people a real flavour of what co-production feels like,” she added.
The itinerary for the masterclass included a series of practical presentations on co-production and the use of personal health budgets, with attendees also breaking into smaller groups to discuss various scenarios and practical implementation.
There was also a very personal perspective from C4CC co-production group member Paula Fairweather, on how her life had turned around after she took control of her own treatment, in a classic example of co-production and the use of a personal health budget.
“Paula’s story really touched people,” said fellow C4CC co-production group member Anna Severwright, who also presented at the event.
“For me, personally it was great to meet people in all these different organisations keen to co-produce and to see how much interest in it there was. It was inspiring,” she added.
Innovative approaches to engage hard to reach communities were also highlighted, using website and marketing techniques.
“We asked organisations to really think about the communities they are reaching,” said Natalie.
Specific action points from the masterclass included a series of pledges by attendees, with C4CC co-production group members Anna, Paula and Sue Denmark each offering an hour per week of advice and support for interested organisations or individuals.
“This masterclass was important because we were able to pass on our knowledge and experience of co-production to a wide range of organisations who are actively involved in the health, social care, voluntary and community sector,” said Kristi Adams, C4CC’s Senior Co-production Advisor.
“Our co-production group members can bring real life experience to co-design and deliver workshops such as this and we are going to build on the success of the day at a second workshop in Manchester in March, as well as with other future collaborations with National Voices and other C4CC partners.
Details for the Manchester-based Co-production Masterclass have now been released:
Priority will be given to National Voices’ members and members of Wellbeing Our Way’s communities of practice; any remaining spaces will be available for Coalition for Collaborative Care partners.
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