People Powered Health is about creating a healthcare system in which clinicians and patients collaborate to enable people to live better with their conditions. We know that 'co-production' is challenging for both professionals and for patients.
This resource focuses on the challenges for professionals and, in particular, how workforce culture needs to change to enable co-production to move from the margins to the mainstream. We asked a range of experts - clinical, academic, policy as well as commissioners and service providers - to write down their ideas about the relationship between co-production and workforce culture. We were interested in the extent to which they thought culture is a barrier and what can be done about it. The responses are an interesting snapshot of the perspectives of experienced professionals working in and around co-production and health. Some focus on incentive structures, such as recruitment, training and appraisal systems, while others focus on less tangible changes to professional practice, culture and behaviour.
Nesta, Innovation Unit