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Coproduction in mental health care

Guest Editor

Dr. Michael Clark
PSSRU & NIHR School for Social Care Research
London School of Economics
[email protected]

Coproduction is another concept (added to those such as recovery, personalisation, service user involvement, shared decision making and peer workers) that, in recent years, has sought to define particular philosophies and practices for mental health and social care.  It is proposed that coproduction can transform health and social care systems and outcomes for individuals.  Yet, what do we know about how real this is, and, if it is achievable, how this potential can be achieved?  This special edition of the Journal seeks to establish a foundation for better understanding of the place and processes of coproduction specifically in the context of UK mental health and social care: where we are, where we might get to, and what would help us to get there.

Call for papers

The guest editor of this Special Issue is seeking contributions from a range of disciplines examining (but not limited to) the following questions:

  • What is meant by coproduction in mental health and social care, and in different mental health care contexts?
  • What are the core components of coproduction, and how are these different from, or similar to, related concepts and practices?
  • How does coproduction fit in to a vision for mental health and social care systems?
  • How well does the concept of coproduction fit with the social, political and economic context of mental health and social care?
  • What are the challenges of consumerist/individualised health and social care, public sector budgets, social diversity and demographic developments for developing coproduction?  What about politics at a more micro level and issues of power and control?
  • How well does coproduction fit with the current structural arrangements for mental health and social care?  In England this might mean guideline-based care, moves to different commissioning and payment arrangements for services, and/or personal budgets.
  • How well does coproduction fit with wider welfare or social security systems?
  • How/what does coproduction potentially contribute to outcomes for people?
  • What are the challenges of coproduction? What risks may it involve?
  • Are there examples of effective coproduction in practice? And what does the empirical evidence tell us about coproduction in mental health?
  • What are the perspectives on coproduction of different groups involved in mental health care, including service users, carers, frontline staff, managers and commissioners?
  • What processes and cultures do care systems and organizations need/use to enable appropriate coproduction?
  • What are the key knowledge gaps and research priorities relating to coproduction?

We are interested in empirical research articles, viewpoints, conceptual or technical papers, case studies, literature reviews and general review papers.  We welcome papers which use either quantitative, qualitative or mixed-method studies.

Submission instructions

  • Manuscripts should be between 4,000 and 7,000 words and formatted according to the journal author guidelines.
  • Submissions must be received by 19th May 2014 via the online submission system Scholar One Manuscripts:
  • Authors should indicate that the manuscript is for this special issue by selecting this from the dropdown list on Scholar One Manuscripts

For further information

Please see the journal homepage: or contact the guest editor.