Co-producing a brighter social care future

Published: 15/12/2023

Author: Research in Practice

What does wellbeing mean when it’s interpreted by those with lived experience of social care? A new co-produced Evidence Review by Research in Practice and Social Care Future explores the five key changes to unlock an equal life.

The Evidence Review started from the idea that adult social care has been under-imagined. Groups of people with different experiences worked together to discuss issues that are important to them, while reflecting on and interpreting the research.

The review is the result of those discussions and is structured around Social Care Future’s five key changes needed in social care to unlock an equal life: communities where everyone belongs; living in the place we call home; leading the lives we want to live; more resources, better used; and sharing power as equals.

Each section contains resources, research and commentary that explores and supports a key change alongside action and reflective points that aim to make a real impact.

The review offers an accessible and unique commentary of the research on adult social care - it contains practical suggestions for direct practice, supervising others, working in commissioning or senior management.

Using the Evidence Review

Everyone is encouraged to find action points that are relevant to them and consider how they can be achieved. Think about how these actions will have a direct impact on the lives of the people you work with. If you are someone who draws on social care yourself, please share the resource with any workers you know.

Research in Practice would like to hear from those who use the Evidence Review. In the spirit of co-production, you could contact us jointly with someone with care and support needs. We would be keen to feature your stories in podcasts and blogs.

The review can also be used at a national level, to make a case for political and policy changes and to promote the effectiveness of co-production itself.

Sharing power as equals

Too often the debates and decisions about social care are happening behind the scenes without us – the people who draw on social care - or we are invited as an afterthought or just as a ‘tick box’. Well, we have had enough of that.

Social Care Future, 2021

The Evidence Review is grounded in and shaped by the experiences, knowledge and preferences of the people involved.

One of the themes, ‘Sharing power as equals’ is a good metaphor when thinking about co-production. In a new blog, Jeanette Sutton reflects on the co-production process itself, particularly thinking about some of the emotions and relationship-based work it involved.

A message for people with care and support needs

Here Iggy Patel shares a message for people with care and support needs.

Why is communication and accurate information so important?

In this clip, Dave Bracher explains why communication and accurate information are so important.

The overall aim of the Evidence Review is to encourage people to act now and to unlock an equal life for all who draw on social care.

A brighter social care future: co-producing the evidence to make five key changes

This Evidence Review brought together groups of people, with different lived experiences of social care, to talk about five key changes needed in social care in order to unlock an equal life.
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