Useful Links

Joint Improvement Team

The Joint Improvement Team (JIT) was established in late 2004 to work directly with local health and social care partnerships across Scotland.

As part of the 10 year change programme for ‘Reshaping Care for Older People’ , JIT have commissioned a programme of training opportunities to help partnerships to develop practical approaches to co-production in their areas and have recently launched the ‘Co-production in health and social care: what it is and how to do it’ booklet which is available in the Resources section.

NHS Tayside

In 2009 NHS Tayside Board commissioned the Health Equity Strategy which was designed to be radical in its approach to address health inequalities within Tayside communities. The Strategy aimed to use principles of co-production and assets based approach, a substantial ‘engagement work stream’ developed which shaped the strategic direction, giving rise to its title ‘Communities in Control’.  Catriona Ness of NHS Tayside is currently co-chair of the Scottish Co-production Network.

Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC)

As the national lead agency for community development in Scotland, SCDC began exploring co-production within the context delivering the Meeting the Shared Challenge national capacity building programme for community-led health, and since then in its role as co-chair of the Scottish Co-production Network. SCDC has produced a series of papers exploring co-production within the broader context of community empowerment, and in relation to some of the key elements of a community development approach such as community capacity building, community resilience and an assets-based approach. These papers can be found in the Resources section.

SCDC currently hosts the dedicated part-time Coordinator of the Scottish Co-production Network, who you can contact here.

People Powered Health and Wellbeing

People Powered Health and Wellbeing is the name of a national programme that a range of partner organisations will be contributing to the National Person Centred Health and Care Programme. The programme is led by the Health and Social Care Alliance and the Scottish Co-production Network is one of the partners supporting the programme.

The aim of People Powered Health and Wellbeing is to ensure that people are able to influence their services and supports for their own health and wellbeing, and contribute to the design, delivery and improvement of support and services (including through peer support).

Throughout the programme, the Health and Social Care Alliance will be working closely with Healthcare Improvement Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland and the Joint Improvement Team to support local health and care teams to make their services more person-centred.  The programme will co-ordinate a range of third sector partners to offer their experience in personal outcomes approaches, peer working, community capacity building and asset mapping.  The programme aims to create a real culture change that will transform the experiences of the people who use and provide services.

For further information contact the Programme Director, Lisa Curtice on 0141 404 0231 or email:


NESTA's Lab and nef (the New Economics Foundation) have worked in partnership over recent years to increase understanding of co-production and how it can be applied to public services. They have developed a series of useful reports and publications which are highlighted in our resources section. They currently host a UK wide Practitioners Network where you can exchange practice with practitioners from around the UK. The Scottish Co-production Network Coordinator is in regular contact with NESTA and nef to keep Scottish practitioners up to date. 

New Economics Foundation (nef)

In support of the work on co-production across the UK, nef and NESTA's Lab host a Co-production Practitioner's Network site. This resource provides a forum for debate and an opportunity to link to other national networks.

Click here if you would like more information, or would like to join the UK wide network.


Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) 

Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) is an independent Scottish Charity funded by a grant from the Scottish Government. The ALLIANCE is led by its members - a growing community of over 300 bodies and individuals working hard to make the lives of people with long term conditions, disabilities and unpaid carers better.The ALLIANCE has three core aims; we seek to:

  • Ensure people are at the centre, that their voices, expertise and rights drive policy and sit at the heart of design, delivery and improvement of support and services.
  •  Support transformational change, towards approaches that work with individual and community assets, helping people to stay well, supporting human rights, self management, co-production and independent living.
  • Champion and support the third sector as a vital strategic and delivery partner and foster better cross-sector understanding and partnership.

The ALLIANCE launched the My Condition, My Terms, My Life self management campaign to help improve public understanding of what self management means for people living with long term conditions and their unpaid carers. It also supports the Discover the Third Sector website, an online resourceto help partnership working between the statutory and third sectors. The resource is run by a small core team from across the third and statutory sectors, co-ordinated by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland and supported by the Scottish Government.

Equal Partners in Care

Equal Partners in Care is a joint project between NHS Education and the Scottish Social Services Council to support workfoce learning on carers. EPIC has recently developed core principles for working with carers and young carers and other learning resources. The theme of 'equal partners' is central to the principles and also to co-production. Find out more here

Inclusion Scotland

Inclusion Scotland (IS) is a consortium of organisations of disabled people and disabled individuals which aims to draw attention to the physical, social, economic, cultural and attitudinal barriers that affect our everyday lives as disabled people in Scotland. IS has supported a Scottish Government Co-Production pilot helping develop the housing strategy in North Lanarkshire and have a keen interest in how co-production will inform and benefit key agendas such as Self-Directed Support & the Integration of Health & Social Care.

And from Wales... Co-production Wales (All in this Together)

Co-production Wales (All in this Together) is a hearts and minds initiative, a growing network of people who want to encourage inclusive and values-based ways of working in Wales, particularly in relation to public service delivery. Their aim is to produce a Welsh co-production model for public-service commissioning, design, delivery and evaluation. Visit their website and find out more...

Participatory Budgeting Network

The Participatory Budgeting Network is an indendent body to advocate learning and innovations in participatory budgeting. 

The aim of the network is for PB to be recognised as a key and effective tool for:

  • Addressing inequalities in service provision and resource allocation;
  • Engaging and empowering citizens in discussions on public budgets;
  • Stimulating co-production and mutual responsibility between citizens and the state.

They also have a regular newsletter which you can sign up for.

Go to for more.

Young Digital

This site provides information and guidance around social media and young people, especially in relation to involvement and co-production. Digital media can give young people the opportunity to shape projects and services and co-produce how they work.

They point out there's many ways social media can help people co-produce:

  • Digital media may resonate with young people’s interests and habits, e.g. the use of social media
  • Young people with digital media skills can bring this expertise to the research process
  • The research process can be an opportunity for young people to learn new digital media skills
  • Using digital media may result in engaging young people who otherwise might not be involved

You can view the website here