Co-production has been recognised as a fundamental building block across all areas of public service.
The Department of Health has worked together with people who use services and carers, to produce a definition of co-production:
"Co-production is when you as an individual influence the support and services you receive, or when groups of people get together to influence the way that services are designed, commissioned and delivered."
The National Co-production Advisory Group defines it as:
Co-production is not just a word, it is not just a concept, it is a meeting of minds coming together to find shared solutions.
In practice , co-production involves people who use services being consulted, included and working together from the start to the end of any project that affects them.
When co-production works best, people who use services and carers are valued by organisations as equal partners, can share power and have influence over decisions made.