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Time and culture are barriers to co-production

Time and organisational culture are among the key barriers experienced by social care staff when implementing co-production, a new report has found.

Experiences and understandings of co-production in adult social care published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) finds that as well as time pressures (reported by 47 per cent of respondents) and organisational culture (by 31 per cent), other pressures include cost (26 per cent) and communication (25 per cent).

The Care Act 2014 defines “co-production” as when an individual influences the support and services received, or when groups of people get together to influence the way that services are designed, commissioned and delivered.

In its report, SCIE finds a high degree of familiarity co-production (72 per cent) of staff working in adult social care. However, fewer people with lived experience (59 per cent) reported previous opportunities to be involved in co-producing their own care and support. Only 37 per cent had been involved in co-producing services or policies. Lack of inclusivity and representation were highlighted as barriers to co-production.

Statutory guidance for co-production has been published to support the Care Act 2014.

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