We believe that the voices of mental health service users and family carers should be at the heart of all mental health care service design, delivery, review and transformation. Coproduction is about valuing people and their lived experience, seeing this as a real asset in how we shape and design services. It is based on working together with professionals to understand the problems and to find shared solutions.
Co-production is people, carers and professionals working together as equal partners to: design, develop, commission, deliver and review services, information and support.Suffolk County Council – A co-produced definition for Suffolk
We are currently supporting coproduction in the following areas:
1. A new online/digital self assessment offer from Suffolk County Council, Adult Social Care.
Between May and September 2023 service users and family/parent carers joined us to explore and road test a new digital self-assessment support offer designed by Suffolk County Council, Adult Social Care.
This online self-assessment will be a new way for people (aged 18+) and their family/parent carers to access social care advice, information, and support, to find out what help is available for them.
Together we have explored.
- What a good referral pathway would look like for you, to access this offer?
- What would you like to achieve from an offer like this?
- Whether you find the questions in the forms easy to understand and engage with?
- Is there anything else you feel would be of use e.g. rewording of questions, improved layout, better explanatory guidance, links to advice, information, and services etc.
This workshop included a demonstration of the Supported Self-Assessment form, with opportunities for discussion and to share views and feedback.
2. Making Lived Experience a golden thread within the Mental Health Collaborative Board for East and West Suffolk.
Working together SUF, service users and the co-production and engagement lead for mental health services within the Suffolk & North East Essex Integrated Care Board (ICB) are developing proposals for how the voice of lived experience can be a golden thread within the Mental Health Collaborative Board for East and West Suffolk.
The next meeting is on Wednesday, 9th August 2023. If you would like to take part in this coproduction project please call Jayne on 01473 907087.
3. Service user review of the East and West Suffolk Personality Disorder Strategy, as delivered by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT).
In September to October 2023 we will be working with NSFT to review the East and West Suffolk Personality Disorders Strategy.
A workshop planning meeting will take place on Tuesday, 29th August 2023. This is an inperson meeting at Suffolk User Forum office in Kesgrave. Anyone with an interest in planning this coproduction workshop is welcome to join us. Please call Jayne on 01473 907087 to find out more.
Interested in taking part and working with us to share your lived experience through coproduction?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Chloe on 01473 907087 if you are interested in finding out more or if you would like to take part in any of our coproduction projects.
Find out more about some of our coproduction projects below:
Review of the Approved Mental Health Practitioner (AMHP) Team .
Coproduction exploring how the new Approved Mental Health Practitioners (AMHP) team can be further developed to better meet peoples needs at
Understand more about living with suicidal thoughts and he award wining Stay Alive App, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis.
LISTEN for suicide prevention
LISTEN for suicide prevention is written by service users and those bereaved by suicide. It provides a helpful guide to help ourlselves and others to stay safe and to be supported to get help.
Coproducing a refresh for the Suffolk Suicide Prevention Strategy – Autumn 2020
In the Autumn of 2020, we shared 142 peoples experiences of living with suicidal thoughts to help inform the Suffolk County Council Suicide Prevention Strategy.
Stay Alive App for Suffolk
Find out more about our coproduction journey that led to the introduction of the Stay Alive app for Suffolk, which is used by over 1500 people in Suffolk each year.
LISTEN was coproduced in 2013. It has evolved into one of the most powerful and successful coproduction projects in Suffolk. Endorsed by Skills for Care. LISTEN is now adapted for coproduction and mental health transformation.
in 2016 we led coproduction for supported housing in Suffolk, identifying peoples top priorities for the design of mental health supported housing.