Co-production to inform commissioning: Working Together for Change evaluated in academic journal
02 June 2017 | By Amanda George
A UK-based research team has published their study into the effects of the 'Working Together for Change' co-production process on patient satisfaction; finding that ‘WTfC can be an impactful starting point for embedding co-production into the commissioning process’. The study was conducted with people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
The paper describes Working Together for Change as ‘a structured, clearly defined approach for putting co- production at the heart of strategic commissioning and engaging patients in a dialogue which incorporates their experiences and priorities for change’, and talks about how this approach goes beyond simply consultation to deliver co-production in practice.
The team concluded that ‘WTfC is a co-production process that is acceptable to and beneficial for, patients and healthcare professionals…[that] supported collaborative working, enhanced relationships and was person-centred, resulting in an agreed and prioritised action plan for service commissioning.’
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