Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Personalisation Strategic Co-production Group

Using the experiences of people with long term conditions and disabilities, and their carers to shape policy and practice across Milton Keynes, Luton and Bedfordshire.
Woman at a patient co-production group

What is Personalised Care?

Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) and personal health budgets are part of a wider drive to personalise health, social care and education.

They promote a shift in power and decision-making to enable a changed, more effective relationship between the NHS and the people it serves, aligning to the NHS Five Year Forward View.

IPC is a partnership programme between NHS England and the Local Government Association (LGA). It supports the improvement, integration and personalisation of services, building on learning from personal budgets in social care and progress with personal health budgets.

What is Co-production?

Co-production is about the inclusion of people with lived experience of health and social care service, as well as their partners, family and friends who are all Experts by Experience, in the commissioning, planning and delivery of services as equal partners with service providers and professionals.

Some work on co-production looks at the relationship between individual service users and providers. More commonly co-production is centred on the relationship between the whole service and its actual and potential beneficiaries, which includes how Experts by Experience can be actively involved in the design and delivery of services, which is commonly called co-design and co-delivery and how people with lived experience can be involved in how commissioners plan, fund, manage and evaluate the overall programme of statutory, third sector and private services in a locality, which is referred to as co-commissioning.

What the Strategic Co-Production Group do

They work in partnership with professional decision makers to create co-designed solutions for personalised health and social care.

As a group they understand what Universal Personalised Care is working to achieve and its 3 main aims:

  • Whole population approaches to supporting people of all ages and their carers to manage their physical and mental health and wellbeing, building community resilience and make informed decisions and choices when their health changes
  • A proactive and universal offer of support to people with long term physical and mental health conditions to build knowledge, skills and confidence, and to live well with their health conditions
  • Intensive and integrated approaches to empowering people with more complex needs to have greater choices and control over the care they receive

Some of the ways the Group do this are:

  • Working in partnership with decision makers to mutually identify where we know we can have the greatest contribution
  • Being committed to having representation on the steering group with responsibility for universal personalised care
  • Focusing on specific pieces of work with our partners in Health  and Social Care
  • Constructively challenge is we notice things are going in the wrong direction and where we can, support to get things back on track

If you are interested in getting involved contact Healthwatch Milton Keynes and we will connect you to the right people.

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