This good practice guide describes the ideas behind co-production and offers suggestions for how they can be used to make sure personal health budgets work well for people locally.
Co-production is a concept that applies across all public services. Its heart is in community development and tackling social injustice. It is based on the idea that health and social “problems” can’t be resolved by either government, or public service professionals, or individual citizens alone, but are best tackled in genuine partnership, with each party contributing their particular skills and knowledge.
Edgar Cahn  framed four core values that define co-production:
- recognising people as assets
- valuing work differently
- promoting reciprocity
- building social networks
This guide explores what each of the four core values means. It exposes the traps we fall into and the myths we perpetuate as we design and deliver care and support. It also offer ways to challenge these myths through the framework of personal health budgets.
1. Cahn, E.S. (2000) No more throw-away people: the co-production imperative. Essential Books. www.nomorethrowawaypeople.org