Co-Production Conference

Co-Producing Co-Production was a conference held in Brighton in March.

In March 2023, Possability People, Changing Futures Sussex and SCALE organised a conference about co-production.

It had two main aims:

  • To share good practice and values for working in co-production across Sussex.
  • To encourage networking and strengthen communication between people working in co-production across Sussex.
“Co-production is not just a word, it’s not just a concept, it is a meeting of minds coming together to find a shared solution.”

Social Care Institute for Excellence (2022)

How do Possability People and SCALE engage and support people with lived experience?

  • We facilitate Lived Experience Advisory Groups across Sussex for people to share their experiences and opinions about mental health services.
  • We support the attendance of people in strategic meetings when they have had lived experience of those specific services/themes.
  • We offer check-ins with people before, during and after meetings to check their well-being and understanding.
  • We offer reimbursement of people’s time for their involvement.
    Mentoring and peer support opportunities are encouraged within the groups.
  • We arrange social meet-ups for the groups and support making connections across the group.
  • Offering regular opportunities for people to meet with the facilitators to discuss their support needs and personal development.
“Co-production is a way of working that involves people who use health and care service, carers and communities in equal partnership; and which engages groups of people at the earliest stages of service design, development and evaluation. Co- production acknowledges that people with ‘lived experience’ of a particular condition or healthcare pathway are often best placed to advise on what support and services will make a positive difference to their lives.”

Coalition for Personalised Care