Reimagining professionalism in mental health: towards co-production is an ESRC seminar series which focuses on developing new approaches to professionalism in mental health. Our understanding of co-production is that it should involve authentic power-sharing between service users, carers and professionals. From our personal and professional experience, we know that the term co-production is sometimes applied when authentic power-sharing is very far from being a reality.
One question which crops up quite often is “how does co-production differ from shared decision-making?” A quick answer, is that shared decision-making involves listening to service user perspectives, but, co-production goes further than this. Co-production requires a fundamental democratising of relationships.
The starting point for the seminar series is taken from political science, specifically Albert Dzur’s concept of democratic professionalism. Democratic professionalism is based on the idea that professional values, ethics and practices should be informed by public deliberation and debates.
Speakers and participants at the seminar series will come from diverse groups: service users, carers, professionals working in third sector, and public and statutory organisations, and academics. Academics in the research team are from diverse disciplinary backgrounds: mental health nursing, philosophy, political science, psychiatry, social work and sociology. Together we aim to build network of expertise which will inform the values and practices of mental health care.
The seminar series is timely as there is growing acknowledgement that new ways of working with service users are needed in mental health.
The initiatives outlined below have informed the development of the seminar series:
The Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice in Health and Social care has been set up to support the development of the field through shared learning. Based at St Catherine’s College in Oxford the Centre brings together a wide range of individuals and organisations working on different aspects of values-based practice around the world. Although originating primarily in mental health and social care a particular aim of the Collaborating Centre is to support extension of values-based approaches to other areas of health care such as surgery.
Volition is the network for third sector organisations working with people and their mental health and wellbeing. With 96 members organisations in Leeds, Volition support and bring together the strong and vibrant mental health third sector in Leeds as well as facilitating the mental health third sector voice at a strategic level. One of the core aims of Volition is to promote service user-led and recovery focused socially inclusive services. Volition is a strong advocate of people with lived experience being at the forefront of decisions around mental health, from mental health service design to co-production of a person’s own care and support. Within Leeds, one of the core principles of the redesign of the MH services in Leeds, which is a current 3 year project, is that people with lived experience are at the core of all of this work.
Leeds Involving People (LIP) is a user-led organisation, connecting citizen insight with service redesign for 20 years. LIP is a recognised centre of expertise in the coproduction of health, social care and community service solutions, with 600 members representing a range of seldom heard communities. LIP’s Together We Can network is an active partner in mental health strategic development and co-author of the Leeds Mental Health Framework 2014-17.
The Co-Creation Network began on October 2014 establishing a network of Communities of Practice for anyone interested in improving health and social care. The Network brings together service users, academics, researchers, professionals and service provider staff from all sectors to share knowledge and experiences and develop new practice. The regional initiative which began in Yorkshire & the Humber now also hosts communities with national and international interests.
The School of Healthcare at the University of Leeds has Service User and Carer Community who are actively engaged in the selection and education of mental health nurses and social work students and research studies. Having been informed by discussions with the above organisations, an early draft of the proposal was presented to the Involvement Advisory Group for their thoughts and input. A member of this group, Annie Dransfield will be a speaker at the first seminar.