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What is co-production?

Co-production is a way of working that involves people who draw on health and care services, carers and communities in equal partnership. Co-production can also be referred to as co-design or co-creation.

Effective co-production engages groups of people at the earliest stages of service design, development and evaluation. Co-production is an important element in the design, development and evaluation of services, policies, research, communications and any projects that involve people.

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 in their lives.

A Co-production Model

C4PC’s widely referenced Co-production Model outlines the five values (pictured right) and seven steps to making co-production happen.

A graphic representation of the co-production model

Developing a culture of co-production

Working alongside our Partner organisations and people with lived experience, we have recently added to our existing Co-production Model in order to highlight the ways that organisations can effectively embed co-production.

Together, we identified a number of operational focus areas which combine to form the basis of an effective co-production culture. These elements can be thought of as a ‘co-production mindset’ rather than a strict set of rules, which work best when adapted to each situation.

This video (left) highlights the elements needed to develop a culture of co-production.

Resources and events

Through a number of workshops with Partner organisations, we have co-created several resources exploring co-production issues and processes:

Information and guidance about co-production is also available from: