Gloucestershire County Council’s Building Better Lives policy aims to improve the council’s services for people with disabilities through an all-age, all-disability approach, underpinned by the Care Act’s statutory guidance. The policy sets out the council’s shared commitment to a new way of working, where decision makers and the important people in someone’s life will work with people with disabilities, carers and equality groups to improve their lives – in a nut shell ‘co-production’.
Working in partnership with service users and staff from across the council we designed bespoke interactive and engaging half day sessions focusing on co-production, positive risk-taking and the new Building Better Lives policy.
The sessions involved employees, disabled people, families, partners and providers to identify their part in making co-production a reality. Over 90% of attendees said they would recommend this training to others. The majority of social care teams stated they now have a greater understanding of their role in co-production, with over 85% of all participants committing to an action as a result of the training.
The Care Act states than local authorities should, where possible, actively promote participation in providing services that involve individuals, families, friends, carers and the community.