Co-production not happening for care users

Pete Fleischmann, head of co-production, SCIE

Almost two-thirds (62%) of people who access social care support services feel they do not get a say in the design and delivery of them.

A survey of attitudes towards co-production found a third (34%) of respondents felt they had a say. But only 11% of 343 people surveyed positively, strongly or completely agreed that they had a say in how their services were designed and delivered.

Overall, 96% of surveyed professionals in the sector said they would prefer to work as part of services that were designed and delivered in equal partnership between themselves, carers and people who use services.

The survey was carried out by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) on co-production, which focuses on developing more equal partnerships.

Its head of co-production Pete Fleischmann said: ‘The majority of those working in the sector, carers and people who use services that responded to our survey, want to see co-production put into practice – something which is not currently happening for everyone.

‘Co-production offers the chance to transform social care and health provision to a model that that gives people real choice and control, improving services for all.’

Kate Pieroudis, co-production development manager at SCIE, added: ‘We have to take steps to change this imbalance of power when it comes to designing and delivering services, in the hope that social care works for everyone.’