Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland
Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland

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Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland

2.2 Co-production in Scotland

The definition of co-production we will use in this course is one used to inform policy in Scotland, which says that co-production is:

The public sector and citizens making better use of each other’s assets, resources and contributions to achieve better outcomes or improved efficiency.

(Governance International/Joint Improvement Team, 2012a)

Activity 2.1: Co-production in Scotland

Timing: (Allow about 15 minutes)

Watch this short video [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] (4½ minutes) in which Gerry Power from Scotland's Joint Improvement Team talks about the shift to co-production in health and social care in Scotland:

What does Gerry Power say about what needs to happen if health and social care services in Scotland are to be co-produced?


You will have heard Gerry describing co-production as the 'golden thread' – a vital part of the Scottish Government's approach to a wide range of public services, including health, social care and housing. He emphasises the need to 'change mindsets', especially at a strategic level, to shift the way services are delivered so that they become more about working with people than doing things for them. This means going beyond seeing services at purely 'face value' to exploring what their potential is for strengthening the capacity of individuals and groups to take an active role in designing and planning services. Gerry mentions a number of examples of co-production, such as community-run food banks, which illustrate how co-production can work and what the benefits are for individuals and communities. You will be exploring examples of these kinds of projects later in this section.

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