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Co-production in mental health - call for practice examples

Published: 30/11/15

The National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) has been funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation to increase understanding of co-production in mental health. 

We are very keen to hear about examples of successful co-production and attempts that did not work, from within and outside statutory or mainstream mental health services. Please download and fill in the form on the right to share your experiences or telephone the office to organise a discussion.

This project builds on earlier work undertaken by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) and MIND and a subsequent survey of interested stakeholders conducted on social media. The survey identified two major barriers to coproduction being widely adopted: namely a lack of understanding of the concept in mental health, and a lack of engagement from people managing or delivering mainstream mental health services. In response to these findings a collaborative group of service users, carers, practitioners, policy and research experts has been established to:

  • Articulate the unique challenges for and responses to co-production in mental health services 
  • Develop a practical, evidence-based resource on how co-production can be understood and implemented in mental health.

A position paper looking at some of the research evidence on co-productive approaches in mental health has identified a number of unique challenges and set out some key markers for co-production in mainstream mental health services.

In order to gather evidence from practice, we are very keen to hear about examples of successful co-production and attempts that did not work, from within and outside statutory or mainstream mental health services. We would welcome feedback from:

  • People who identify as having a mental health problem, or as service users/survivors
  • User-led organisations (ULOs)
  • Non-user led mental health campaigning organisations
  • Local authority or NHS commissioners (including Clinical Commissioning Groups)
  • NHS Trusts
  • Local authorities
  • Voluntary and community sector mental health providers
  • Specialist voluntary and community sector groups/organisations (such as those supporting BAME or LGBT people).

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