Survey update what next for mental health and co-production

Mind and nef have recently published a literature review on how coproduction is being applied in mental health settings, which you can find here.

The natural question that follows from this publication is: “What next?” To help answer that question, a survey was put together by some folks* with a real interest in this and a little bit of time.

This post briefly gives an updated on the types of responses received so far.

In total, there have been 83 responses so far, which is pretty good going. Just over a third of responses are from people who identify as having a mental health problem. The next biggest response comes from mental health providers in the voluntary and community sector (15%) and then User-Led Organisations (12%).

The biggest barriers to coproduction in mental health are felt so far to be the following:

  • Lack of engagement from people who deliver services (24%)
  • Lack of understanding of the concept of coproduction (23%)
  • Lack of commissioner support (12%)
  • Other answers regularly mention lack of resources, including both time and money and insufficient recognition of people’s contributions/resources.

To take forward coproduction in mental health, the following so far were felt to be the most useful:

  • A network of people specifically interested in mental health and coproduction (25%)
  • Training to help understand what coproduction is, the difference it makes and how to do it (13%)
  • A campaign to promote coproduction in mental health (13%).

Other than a notable number of respondents who think all policy areas should be prioritised, people who have completed the questionnaire so far think that health (46%) is the policy area that should be prioritised for mental health and coproduction, followed by social care (16%). Very few have mentioned, for example, employment (4%), welfare (0%) or criminal justice (3%).

This is all really useful information so far, and want to make sure there are as many views shared as possible. As such, the survey will be open until the end of January. If you, an organisation or someone / an organisation you know might be interested in completing the survey, please do pass it on.

Mental health and coproduction survey:

*Paola Pierri (Mind), Julia Slay and Lucie Stephens (nef), Shahana Ramsden (National Coproduction Advisory Group), Rich Watts (NDTi)



Social care user survey results, 2010/11

Being a bit of a geek, I always look forward to the publication of the Personal Social Services Adult Social Care Survey.

This year’s (2010/11) provisional report was published in September, and the final report will be available next month.

Here are some of the findings I found most interesting. (Read the full report for comprehensive methodology statement, including sample size and a return rate – get this – of 40%!)

Satisfaction with care and support services

  • 62% of service users who responded said that they were extremely or very satisfied with the care and support services they receive
  • 28% said they were quite satisfied
  • 7% said they were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied
  • 3% said they were dissatisfied


  • 30% reported they have as much control as they want over their daily life
  • 45% reported they have adequate control
  • 20% reported they have some control but not enough
  • 5% reported they had no control

Quality of life

  • 26% of respondents reported their quality of life was so good it could not be better, or very good
  • 31% reported it was good
  • 33% reported it was alright
  • 7% reported their quality of life was bad
  • 3% reported their quality of their life was very bad, or so bad it could not be worse


  • 62% of respondents felt as safe as they wanted
  • 30% felt adequately safe, but not as safe as they would like
  • 5% felt less than adequately safe
  • 2% did not feel safe at all.