Background, Introduction and Aims
Co-production in mental health is about progression towards ‘the transformation of power and control’. There is no single, universal model of co-production and the way in which it is done is specific to the task, context and the people involved. It requires thinking about people (service users, carers, groups and staff), power, partnerships, resources and risk in ways that are very different to what has gone before in mental health services.
To ensure full collaboration, the co-production process should seek to achieve equality and parity by bringing together people who can work as equals, to develop a shared understanding of what needs to change and a commitment to bringing that about. Change will happen during the process of co-production as well as being a consequence of it.
The purpose of this framework is to support strategic leads, commissioners and managers responsible for mental health, to consider and bring about the cultural and behavioural changes that are required, in order for co-production to become the ‘norm’, in the design, commissioning and delivery of mental health services and supports.
This framework forms part of a set of resources aimed at different audiences, including
• A position paper aimed at anyone with an interest in understanding the challenges for progressing co-production in mental health. It is particularly designed for those involved in mental health policy and development as well as service users and practitioners who want to engage with and understand transformative c-oproduction.
• A guide ‘Progressing transformative co-production in mental health: some practical advice aimed at those with an interest in making co-production work in mental health services, especially mental health service users, their organisations and practitioners who want to engage with and understand transformative coproduction
• A checklist of key questions to consider and actions to take before, during and following any co-produced activity aimed at everyone involved
The National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) received funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for a collaborative project to demonstrably increase understanding of co-production in mental health. This project builds on the New Economics Foundation and Mind report ‘Co-production in mental health: A literature review.’ (Slay & Stephens, 2013).
NDTI's strategic framework MH_Coproduction_framework