We aim to engage and involve people in the development of our services & plans to ensure we meet the needs of our communities
Our key principles of co-production:
- Upholding the value of shared decision-making - ‘Nothing about me, without me’
- Co-production engages groups of people in equal partnership at the earliest stages of service design, development and evaluation.
- People with ‘lived experience’ are often best placed to advise on what support and services will make a positive difference. This is known as 'experience-based co-design'.
- All contributions are equal. It is important to have diverse representation, from those who use/have used services and those who understand the wider community
- Barriers to inclusive participation should be addressed - e.g. accessibility, expenses, reasonable adjustments.
- All participants should be willing to explore and negotiate different ways forward. It is important to avoid pre-conceived outcomes.
- There are different levels of co-production. The level employed should be overtly recognised and identified during projects.
- Effective co-production takes time. Realistic pace and project timescales are essential.
- Evidencing ‘we said, we did’ is essential to ensure the value, time and resources involved are justified.
An example of our co-production work, is the Bright Space Family Room project:
Current projects we're working on with co-production:
- Refurbishment of Inpatient Unit at Ipswich hospice site to be more accessible and increase participation events with staff, patients and families
- Hospice for All Project- increasing awareness about hospice services in areas where English is a second language, working with Ipswich Community Media. Discover how this project has been co-produced from this PhD study at the University of Suffolk, through the Integrated Care Academy.