Next Steps for Co-production: Improving Services Together

This briefing will examine the latest policy developments and good practice in delivering more inclusive, sustainable and effective services.


Co-production is the process of utilising organisations, groups and individuals’ skills, lived and professional experience to develop better services.

The Christie Commission on the Future Delivery of Public Services, reporting in 2011, stated that ‘effective services must be designed with and for people and communities’.

In an era of increasingly constrained budgets, how can we draw on the knowledge, ability and resources of service providers and the people who use services to improve outcomes?

Key learning objectives:

  • Get an up-to-date brief on the latest developments within co-production
  • Consider how to embed co-production principles in ways of work to deliver tangible improvements
  • Learn from different co-production approaches and methods of practice


09:15 Registration, refreshments and opportunity to co-design the day’s discussions

Session one: Co-production in Scotland

10:00 Chair’s opening remarks​

Professor Alan Alexander OBE, General Secretary, Royal Society of Edinburgh

10:05 Co-production in Scotland

  • An overview of co-production policy and practice in Scotland
  • An outline of the co-production approach, principles and benefits
  • Highlight opportunities, support and next steps for co-production in Scotland

Sarah Currie, National Lead for Co-production and Community Capacity Building

10:30 Questions and discussion

10:35 Transition to co-production case studies

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit 2 of 3 case studies, each lasting 30 minutes which will run concurrently

  • Case study A: COPE Scotland - Tackling inequality in Glasgow​

Hilda Campbell, Chief Executive, COPE Scotland

  • Case study B: Glasgow Homelessness Network - Coproduction: Pathways and Empowerment

Overview of the NAVIGATE peer advocacy project
Participation in the voluntary sector
The pathways of coproduction

Douglas Gibson, David Ramsay and ​Derek Holliday, Glasgow Homelessness Network

  • Case study C: From Prison Cell to Parliament

Recognising opportunities to bring about changes for people with convictions
Working with politicians, government and employers from all sectors

Pete White, Chief Executive, Positive Prison? Positive Futures

11:35 Refreshments and networking

11:55 Session two: Workshop 

In this participatory session, drawing on the priorities, experience, expertise and knowledge in the room, attendees will co-design the content of discussions, reflecting on current practice and looking to future opportunities.

Facilitated by Nick Wilding, Lead, Transformation and Inquiry, Scottish Government

12:50 Lunch and networking


Session three: Moving to co-production

13:35 Case study A – From Consultation to Co-production

​A local Government example: Beginning to embrace and embed co-production throughout North Ayrshire Health & Social Care Partnership. Moving from consulting with people to engaging, to real co-production.

Gavin Paterson, Engagement Officer, North Ayrshire Health & Social Care Partnership 

13:50 Case study B - Opening up government in Scotland

This talk will cover:

  • The role of the international Open Government Partnership and Scotland’s place within it
  • Improving attempts to collaboratively develop proposals for open government
  • Opportunities to get involved in Scotland’s Civil Society Open Government Network

Paul Bradley, Project Coordinator (Open Government), SCVO, (Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations) 

14:05 Case study C - Next Steps for Co-production in Health and Social Care; Consolidation and Growth

  • A significant level of co-production based activity and practice is being undertaken across Scotland and this gives grounds for optimism.
  • It is argued however that the small scale and dispersed nature of this activity often makes it difficult for organisations to easily access and assimilate the wider lessons from this work.
  • This session explores the potential to improve knowledge exchange by better marshalling the learning from these  disparate resources. 

Gerry Power, Co-production Leader, Health and Social Care Alliance, Scotland

14:20 Questions and discussion 

14:30 Closing panel discussion 

14:55 Chair’s closing remarks

15:00 End of event

 *Agenda and speakers subject to change

Venue and costs

Event location:  NASUWT, The Mews, 35 Young Street North Lane, Edinburgh EH2 4JD


  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email or phone 0131 285 1635

31 May 2017
United Kingdom



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