SIG Special Interest Groups

Self management and Co-production SIG

This Special Interest Group (SIG) aims to facilitate collaboration across sectors and between countries to enhance our understanding, adoption and evaluation of Self management and Co-production.

This SIG will build upon the collaboration fostered by the UK’s first Four Nations Summit on Self Management, hosted by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland in October 2017. The summit brought together a collective of 50 leaders from across the United Kingdom – reflecting the diversity of perspectives, disciplines and sectors which make up the health and care systems of the UK – to consider “what needs to be done in order that everyone is able to self manage on their terms?”

The SIG is for people with lived experience, practitioners, managers, researchers, students, policy makers and health economists engaged in planning, designing, delivering and evaluating Self management and Co-production principles and approaches to engage, empower and enable people centred integrated care in different health and care systems.

The SIG will provide a platform for members to share implementation experience, highlight examples of good practice, signpost practical resources, and agree and collaborate on research, education and evaluation priorities for self management and coproduction. Members will shape the scope of SIG activities and outputs. These may include:

  • Webinars and online peer support
  • Good practice case studies
  • Practical resources – guidance and tools
  • Study Visits
  • Blogs
  • Evidence reviews
  • Consensus documents
  • Collaborative action research
  • Benchmarking

Topics for 2018 – 2020 Options for the initial focus of the SIG include:

  • Understand the evidence base about self-management and evaluating self-management approaches, and associated concepts such as enablement: what works for individuals, families and systems in different context and life circumstances.
  • Ways of communicating public messages on self-management and wellbeing and gathering evidence on approaches to citizen engagement
  • Compare approaches to participation, co-design and peer research
  • Share experience and evidence on effective health literacy and social prescribing signposting and support for shared decision making
  • Exploring the role of the third sector, of volunteers, of people with lived experience and unpaid carers

Interested Stakeholders to link with

• Four Nations Summit delegates
• Realistic Medicine champions
• Coproduction Network – Scotland and Wales
• Self Care Forum
• National Voices
• Personal outcomes collaboration
• Institute for Positive Health – the Netherlands
• Qulturum and Esther Network – Sweden
• Bevan Commission Wales

Get Involved
If you have an interest in self-management and co-production, practical experience or resources to share, a question or challenge for SIG members, or suggestions for future SIG activities please contact Marie Curran, SIG facilitator. Please send Marie your name; organisation; and email contact to

This Special Interest Group (SIG) has an international membership with 213 members and still growing.  If you would like to be on the mailing list for this group, please email Marie Curran: and you will receive SIG updates, IFIC Scotland newsletters and information on our webinars.

Facilitated by:

Marie Curran
Coordinator of IFIC Scotland Special Interest Groups
International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC)