The Leadership of Co-Production in Health and Social Care Integration in Scotland: A Qualitative Study

John Connolly*, Alison Munro, Stephen MacGillivray, Tamara Mulherin, Madalina Toma, Julie Anderson, Nicola Gray

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The involvement of citizens in the production and creation of public services has become a central tenet for administrations internationally. In Scotland, co-production has underpinned the integration of health and social care via the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014. We report on a qualitative study that examined the experiences and perspectives of local and national leaders in Scotland on undertaking and sustaining co-production in public services. By adopting a meso and macro perspective, we interviewed senior planning officers from eight health and social care partnership areas in Scotland and key actors in national agencies. The findings suggest that an overly complex Scottish governance landscape undermines the sustainability of co-production efforts. As part of a COVID-19 recovery, both the implementation of meaningful co-production and coordinated leadership for health and social care in Scotland need to be addressed, as should the development of evaluation capacities of those working across health and social care boundaries so that co-production can be evaluated and report to inform the future of the integration agenda.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)620-639
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Social Policy
Issue number3
Early online date3 Feb 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2023
Externally publishedYes

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