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

The Manchester Macmillan Supportive Palliative Care Programme is currently developing a city-wide community palliative care and end of life service for Manchester and there are opportunities to help co-produce this based on your experiences or that of a family member or friend.

The programme also hosts a user involvement group for people affected by cancer and other life limiting conditions who may be receiving palliative care.

They are also are looking 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.

How to get involved

If you would like to get involved in any of the above mentioned opportunities, please contact Mel Atack, User Involvement Facilitator by email melanie.atack@nhs.net or call 07970 948 684.

Personal health budget peer support group

personal health budget is an amount of money to support the identified healthcare and well-being needs of an individual. A support plan is agreed between the individual, or their representative, and the local clinical commissioning group.

How to get involved

If you have a personal health budget in Manchester, you are welcome to attend the monthly Peer Support Group meetings. carers, family members and personal assistants are also welcome.

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 val.bayliss-brideaux@nhs.net  or call 0161 213 1756.

Note, as these meetings are held face to face, they are currently cancelled due to COVID restrictions and the safety of our patients. 

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.

How to get involved

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 val.bayliss-brideaux@nhs.net or call 0161 213 1756 for further information.

Note, as these meetings are held face to face, they are currently cancelled due to COVID restrictions and the safety of our patients. 

Mental Health Liaison Group 

If you live in Manchester and are affected by mental health, you are welcome to attend our Mental Health Liaison Group meetings.

These meetings provide you with an opportunity to meet with our lead commissioners for mental health and discuss your thoughts on how mental services could be improved. Your feedback then helps to inform and influence the commissioning (planning and buying) of services.

When you attend one of these meetings, reasonable travel expenses can be reimbursed and a lunch is also provided.

How to get involved

Meetings are held on a bi-monthly basis. However, these meetings are held face to face, they are currently cancelled due to COVID restrictions and the safety of our patients. 

If you would like further information about the meetings, please contact Val Bayliss-Brideaux, Head of Engagement by email val.bayliss-brideaux@nhs.net or call 0161 213 1756.