We are working with our partners across the Fylde Coast to redesign mental health pathways across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. The focus is on primary and community support for mental health and will include prevention, self-help, and support available in the community, as well as the crisis pathway.
A co-production working group – involving representatives from NHS organisations, the local authority, the voluntary, community and faith sector, as well as people with lived experience – has been established.
There are numerous definitions of co-production that have been developed. What they all have in common is the recognition that people who access services, and their families and carers, have the expertise and skills to help innovate and improve service provision. Having looked at a number of different definitions the co-production group adopted the following:
“Our approach is value driven and built on the principle that those who use a service are best placed to help design, improve and develop it. Citizens and professionals share power to create a shared solution that will improve quality of life for people and communities.”
Engagement and co-production plan
The initial focus of the group was to develop an overarching engagement and co-production plan. Through a number of workshop style meetings the group looked at who we should involve in the future and how we could best do this, as well as the areas of work we should focus on – which was all pulled together in a plan.
The plan is now in the process of being signed off by the group before we embark on our next piece of co-production work in relation to the single point of access service.
Single point of access