Co-production has become the latest buzzword to capture the imagination of commissioners and health and social care providers, in their quest to provide genuine person centred support to the people they provide services for. Too often though, it has been reduced to being a simple rebranding of its predecessor, "user involvement", with no real or meaningful change taking place.
Last week saw publication of the NHS Planning Guidance 2017–2019. The document is deeply technical in parts, and I’ve read the full 69 pages so that I can provide you with a brief summary of headline elements relating to person centred care and creating the ‘new relationship with people and communities’ set out in the Five Year Forward View
Sam Bennett, Head of Integrated Personal Commissioning and Personal Health Budgets has written this blog which highlights the importance of personal health budgets in improving wellbeing outcomes and making choice and control a reality for people. This blog also outlines the need to see people as active participants in their care, not as passive recipients of services.