• To identify that co-production is developing in health and social care services, research and higher education
• To be aware of the benefits and challenges of co-production
• To recognise that with careful design, co-production can become an essential part of leading and managing groups of people and organisations
Co-production is a process adopted in health, social care, research, policy development and higher education that aims to bring together the skills and experiences of service users and professionals. It has a range of advantages, such as enabling users of a service to have a voice and to equalise power among service users, professionals and leaders. Co-production is continually developing and is often referred to in contemporary health and social care policy. When designed well, co-production can create a variety of advantages for service users, professionals and the wider community.
This article demonstrates that co-production can be an effective framework to improve experiences for service users and healthcare staff. It is an empowering process that can happen in varying degrees and can be a key part of nurse managers’ practice. The article explores how co-production can be successfully used in a range of healthcare and higher education environments. Ideas about how nurse managers can use co-production to address diversity and inclusion in services are explored.
Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2022.e2046Peer review
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Makey LM, Walsh CL, Salih I (2022) Co-production: what it is and how it can ensure inclusive practice for service users and staff. Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2022.e2046
Published online: 12 July 2022
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