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Practical Commissioning's Jargon Buster explains the meaning of the term 'Co-production'.

This is the new buzzword for describing breaking down organisational barriers where key partners work together for a common aim.

The thinking behind the phrase is that all parties have to work together to ‘co-produce' their common goal. In health and the NHS, the Government hopes that the patient can be engaged as a co-producer of their own healthcare. It wants to see the public viewing the NHS as a partner, adviser and co-manager for health rather than someone to go to when there's a problem.