Co-production – where service providers and users work together as equals to develop and deliver services – is at the heart of the way I try to work. But how do we measure how effective it is for everyone involved? Put it another way, what does good look like?
Today I saw co-production in action. Commissioners want to achieve a different experience for patients. They worked with a patient champion group to develop the tender. Together they defined the outcomes and experience that they wanted to see delivered.
Many people with dementia are lonely, bored and have little in their lives that feels purposeful. A Community Circle is an evidence-based approach, that has been shown to enable people living with dementia to do more of what matters to them and feel less isolated. Here are 9 reasons why I am excited about the potential of Community Circles to make a difference.
Joanne was a work colleague of mine. We shared an office for a year whilst she was on a short-term contract developing a new website. We had a mutual friend, Fiona. Joanne would describe herself as a huge foodie – she had worked as a chef and loved great food. A big fan of hockey she would see the occasional match at home with her brother.