I’ve been asked to write a blog about co-production in action, and I have a very good example which I was involved with that I’d like to share with you. The Multi Agency Clinical Risk Training Project started in 2016 with a series of workshops, open to a wide range of staff from various statutory and voluntary organisations, carers, and service users, to look at the issue of clinical risk training.
Guided by Heather McDonald from Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT), the project looked into the training various organisations provided on clinical risk, and if there was a way of both making the training more relevant, and consistent between different sectors (NHS, adult social care and the voluntary sector).
From the workshops many ideas were generated, and there was a lot of enthusiasm towards the project. A steering group was formed, which I became a member of, alongside Heather and other service users. We co-produced a training package, drawing on our own personal experiences and the themes that resulted from the workshops.
The training was then delivered to participants in sessions which cut across different job roles and sectors, and prompted the attendees to take a broader look at the concept of ‘risk’, and their own experiences – both within and outside their professional roles. The steering group worked as equal partners both in the planning and delivery of the project.
The basis of the training was two real life case studies detailing the experiences of myself and another service user. During my session at two points in the account participants were faced with a ‘What would you do?’ exercise. Then, after feeding back, I continued with what actually happened. This approach worked really well, and we gained very good feedback from the participants. They hadn’t been sitting watching a powerpoint all day!
Over 2016 and 2017 I was involved in delivering training to four cohorts, with participants drawn from various roles and sectors, and also a group of student mental health nurses. Additionally, as part of the project, I was able to access a funded place on the ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) course as a participant.
Due to our involvement in this project we were nominated, and shortlisted, for the Developing People Award in the LYPFT 2016 Trust Awards. For the 10 awards a total of 115 nominations were received, so it was an honour to be named as Runners-Up.
Overall I’ve really enjoyed being part of this project, and it shows what can be achieved with proper co-production. It was great to be recognised as equals regardless of either being Experts by Learning or Experts by Experience. Hopefully our success can inspire future projects, and make a strong case for what can be achieved with co-production.
Thanks to Leanne Winfield for her contribution.