Valuing Lived Experience and Strategic Co-production
In July 2021 we secured further funding from the Health Foundation Q Community to test a new approach to strengthen collaboration between people with Lived Experience and decision-makers in health and social care. This builds on the exploration into what works well to promote productive relationships, improve insight and influence carried out by our advisory group between May 2020 and February 2021. Members have experience of shaping services at a strategic level.
Connecting a community of practice and learning
We are working with a small number of community partners and National Voices member organisations to start small scale testing of how to make the connections and invite prospective Lived Experience Partners to learn coaching and mentoring skills and to bring Lived Experience to the heart of decision-making. Between October 2021 and February 2022, we are testing roles and learning and development opportunities. We are delighted to be working with the Co-Production Collective who are contracted as our Learning Partner to help capture what we what we do and how we do it. We are planning a webinar on February 9 2022 to share what we discover.
Relationships and opportunities to influence – coaching and mentoring
The ambition for Voices for Improvement is to build respectful relationships through which insight, knowledge and experience can be shared and used to improve health and social care. We know from our exploratory work that across our membership there are many well-established schemes to elevate Lived Experience and provide opportunities to influence and shape services. At National Voices we want connect, learn and grow a community of Lived Experience Partners with coaching and mentoring skills who can take an active role to influence policy and decision makers. We particularly want to open opportunities for people in communities that are marginalised or overlooked.
Lived Experience Leadership and Strategic Co-production
The Voices for Improvement advisory group remain connected. Two members have evolved their roles with National Voices and have joined the team as Associates. Keymn Whervin is our first Associate Lived Experience Leader who shares a leadership role with Rachel Matthews (Head of Experience). Together they are promoting and modelling the benefits of shared leadership. Their work together and with partners is underpinned by the principles of co-production. Both Keymn and Rachel have extensive experience of working with people in different settings from strategy to community.
In September the Voices for Improvement Community event took place and attracted people with Lived experience and members of National Voices. Our community is at an early stage, members will start testing the process and follow the impact Lived Experience brings through reciprocal coaching and mentoring.
Supporting and influencing trustee recruitment
An independent panel of people with Lived Experience co-designed, led and chaired interviews for the Appointed Trustee roles in October 2021. Helen Hassell Chair, Pauline Kenton-Batt and Marlon Patrice supported an important stage of the selection process making recommendations to the nominations committee.
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