Health and social care SIG

An opportunity for members working in the health and social care sector to meet and discuss their experiences and challenges.

Next meeting:

  • Date: Tuesday 26 March 
  • Time: 13.45 - 17.00, optional networking drinks 17.00 - 18.00
  • Venue: Hempsons, 100 Wood Street, London, EC2V 7AN

Topic: Co-production and lived experience

Speakers: Charlotte Augst, CEO, National Voices, Dot Turton, CEO, Recovery Connections, Alex Fox, CEO, Shared Lives 

Evidence shows that the amount of control people have over their lives has a direct effect on their and health and wellbeing. 

Working in partnership with people at a community level to address their needs in a more holistic way, through co-production and engaging those with lived experience in programme development and delivery, will help us tackle health inequalities and support individuals to take greater control of their own health.

But delivering genuine co-production is not easy. There are challenges in reaching the most marginalised populations and in identifying where your approach or organisational culture may need to change. There are also financial constraints and limitations of short-term projects and programmes. 

This event will enable leaders in civil society health and social care organisations explore what is working well with co-production initiatives, what we can do better, and how we can engage influencers in government and the NHS in this approach.


13:45 – 14:00


14:00 – 14:05


Vicky Browning, CEO, ACEVO 

14:05 – 14.15

Welcome from Hempsons

Ian Hempseed, partner, Hempsons 

14:15 – 14:20


Lesley Dixon, CEO, PSS, and chair of health and social care special interest group 

14:20 – 15:20

Charlotte Augst, CEO, National Voices

What do patients want from their health and social care? Are charities listening and delivering? 


Dot Turton, CEO, Recovery Connections

With over 80% of staff having lived experience of recovery, Recovery Connections is led by the people and the community it serves to empower and support all those affected by substance use to sustain visible, long term recovery and lasting positive change.

Dot will share the challenges she’s faced and overcome as CEO of a peer-led organisation, and discuss the benefits of co-production and lived experience. She will draw out lessons that other charities and social enterprises can learn from Recovery Connections’ approach. 


15:20 – 15:40


15:40 – 16:00

Alex Fox, CEO, Shared Lives

How do we engage with NHS and government to move the co-production agenda forward? Alex will share his experience of working with both NHS and government: what works, what doesn’t, the frustrations and opportunities, and why we should not give up.

 16:00 – 16:45



16:45 - 17:00

Closing comments and topics for next time

Lesley Dixon, CEO, PSS 

17:00 - 18:00

Networking drinks

Kindly sponsored by Hempsons