Co-production and User Involvement

Co-production and user involvement is important. It helps us to improve all aspects of health care, including patient safety, dignity and respect, experience and health and care outcomes. 

  “Co-production is when you as an individual influence the support and services you receive, or when groups of people get together to influence the way that services are designed, commissioned and delivered”

Manchester Macmillan Supportive Palliative Care Programme

This programme of work is developing a city-wide community palliative care and end of life service for Manchester. There are opportunities to help co-produce the service based on your experiences or that of a family member or friend. There is a user involvement group for people affected by cancer and other life limiting conditions who may be receiving palliative care. We also want to develop a community of unpaid carers who would like to share and use their experiences of caring for someone who is receiving palliative care or who may have been bereaved. An user involvement strategy has been co-produced to provide assurance that user and carer involvement and participation is key to the development of this programme of work.

As part of the learning and legacy of the Macmillan Cancer Improvement Partnership, user involvement testimonials were gathered and are being used to promote patient and public involvement in our work. People taking part in this role will have access to Macmillan training and development opportunities.

If you would like to get involved, please contact Mel Atack, User Involvement Facilitator by email to or telephone 07970 948684.

Lung Health Checks in north and east Manchester

Lung health checks will be taking place in north and east Manchester from 1 April 2019. We are working with a range of individuals and organisations to promote awareness of the lung health checks. If you are interested in working with us to promote the lung health checks, please contact Susan Burridge, Communications and Engagement Manager on or telephone 07866-981469.

Personal Health Budget Peer Support Group

A personal health budget is an amount of money to support the identified healthcare and wellbeing needs of an individual. A support plan is agreed between the individual, or their representative, and the local clinical commissioning group. If you have a personal health budget in Manchester you can attend the monthly Peer Support Group meetings. Carers, family members and personal assistants are also welcome to attend.

The Peer Support Group meetings take place on a Saturday from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Parkway 3, Parkway Business Centre, Princess Road, M14 7LU. The meeting dates for 2020 are available on request. If you would like to know more about the meetings, please contact Val Bayliss-Brideaux, Head of Engagement by email to or telephone 0161 765 4168.

Our Manchester Disability Plan – Health and Social Care Reference Group

Disabled people face significant barriers, and experience disadvantage and discrimination accessing services, opportunities and facilities. The Our Manchester Disability Plan is Manchester’s pledge to support disabled people and remove barriers so they can fully integrate into all the opportunities, facilities, activities and communities in the city. As part of the plan, work-streams have been developed to ensure that disabled people are co-producing solutions, influencing services and making improvements. The health and social care reference group meets bi-monthly. If you are a disabled person and would like to join the reference group, please contact Val Bayliss-Brideaux, Head of Engagement by email to or telephone 0161 765 4168 for further information.

Mental Health Liaison Group 

If you live in Manchester and affected by mental health, you are welcome to attend the Mental Health Liaison Group meetings. Meetings are held on a bi-monthly basis and are held at the Macc offices in the city-centre. This is an opportunity to meet with lead commissioners for mental health from Manchester Health and Care Commissioning to inform and influence commissioning of services.

  • Wednesday 22 January 2020 from 12.30pm to 3pm – Ground Floor Training Room, Macc, Swan Buildings, Swan Street, Manchester.

Reasonable travel expenses are reimbursed and lunch is provided. If you would like further information about the meetings, please contact Val Bayliss-Brideaux, Head of Engagement by email on or telephone 0161 765 4168.

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