Working Well Together Positive Practice

The working well together to enable co-production within mental health commissioning evidence and tools document has been published!

By setting out the evidence, including examples of positive practice, this document aims to improve local strategic decisions about, and the provision of, current and future mental health services for children, young people, adults and older adults.

This includes people who are not in contact with mental health services, because of existing barriers to access or for other reasons. The document also talks about co-production with people who are in at-risk populations, including those who have an increased risk of being detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 and people who may face discrimination because of their protected characteristics.

The recommendations from the document are aimed at commissioners of mental health services, and will also be relevant for the following in mental health:

• drug and alcohol (addiction) services

• health professionals and other staff in contact with people with mental health problems within healthcare settings

• physical health services including acute, primary and secondary care • people who need mental health support, and their families, friends and carers

• service providers

• voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations.

The document will support commissioners in end-to-end co-production, providing guidance and tools for coproduced commissioning, practical recommendations for each step and ways of measuring the effectiveness of the process. It includes key co-production principles for creating measurable standards, describes the existing evidence gaps and identifies examples of positive practice.

To read and download the document, click here.

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