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Association of Directors of Adult Social Services - South East Region. A Guide to Co-production in Adult Social Care

Guide | March 2023

Co-production describes a way of working, behaviours, a culture and process by which we (i.e., public bodies) share power with people who draw upon care and support, their families, carers and the wider, local community.

Co-production is not a new concept and as such there is a significant variety of literature, evidence and tools available on this topic. This guide aims to draw together all the key elements of co-production in one place to support health and care colleagues to consider the extent to which their organisations embed true and genuine co-production methods, when and where they are able to.

Statement from SE ADASS:

"South East ADASS is very pleased to have worked with the Institute of Public Care on this guide. In pressured times when the stories in the news are focused on beds or packages of care or waiting lists, we need to communicate more than ever the message that adult social care is about people. Incorporating the voice of people with lived experience in our work is essential in adult social care and co-production activity should be a core part of how we work.

There is much good practice in the region and beyond when it comes to co-production. In creating this guide, we have sought to bring together existing tools and learning from across the South East and beyond, sharing materials which were created in partnership with people with lived experience.

This co-production guide is just our starting point, and we hope to continue to share further learning and good practice in the future in a wider variety of formats."

Laura Gaudion

Director of Adult Social Care and Housing Needs, Isle of Wight Council

Rob Persey

Executive Director of Health & Adult Social Care, Brighton and Hove City Council

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