The People’s Transformathon was a fantastic FREE event broadcast online on Monday 28 November and available to anyone across the world.

Bringing together patients, carers, service users, volunteers and staff from across health and care systems in the UK and overseas to connect, share, and learn from one another.

It showcased the latest innovations, practices, and methods to inspire you to enable change – and genuine coproduction – to happen.

If you thought the Transformathon in January 2016 was amazing, you’ll LOVE this.

The Transformathon is supported by the People and Communities Board, Five Year Forward View.

We started with a panel discussion, followed by seven sessions (based on the Six Principles for Engaging People and Communities) demonstrating the power of co-production and its impact using examples from all over the world.

The sessions were fully interactive, with opportunities to ask live questions via the webex, as well as by joining in the discussion on social media – #CoPro16.

Throughout the event we reflected on feedback, discussions, and actions to take forward.

You can read a summary of the Twitter interaction via our Storify, and recordings of each session are also available below.



Panel Discussion: 12pm

  • Introduction: Alison Cameron and Carol Read
  • Lone Wolves v Mobilisers v Organisers: Helen Bevan
  • Six Principles for Engaging People and Communities: Jeremy Taylor.

Session 1: Equality and Narrowing Inequalities: 1pm

In this session Rob Webster will introduce the Sustainable Transformation Plans (STPs) and discuss the experience in Leeds of what good patient and public engagement in the STPs looks like. You will then hear Becky Malby tell the story of Co Producing Leeds in which substance use service users were involved as equal partners in co-defining, co-designing and co-commissioning the services they use.

Session 2: Care and Support is person-centred, coordinated and empowering: 2pm

Led by National Voices and Lynne Craven this session will introduce you to personalised care and support planning as a way in which people can be linked in with ‘more than medicine’ and community support. You will hear some personal and clinical perspectives on supported self management and asset-based approaches will be introduced as a means for valuing the contributions of local people, carers and communities as an integral part of the health and care system.

Session 3: Services are created in partnership with citizens and communities: 3pm

This session is co designed by Experts by Experience on the People and Communities Board Mandy Rudzenko and Christine Morgan in partnership with National Voices. The session will introduce you to the mindset and model of genuine Co Production of Health and Care services, discuss how patients can be catalysts for change and what this looks like in practice with a great example from the Bradford on Avon Leg Club. They will be joined from the US by Jason Wolf of the Beryl Institute.

Session 4: Involving patients and their families. An International Perspective: 4pm

In this session you will hear Sarah Myers in Wisconsin talk about ‘Improve Care Now’, a Drucker Prize (2016) winning network of clinicians, researchers, parent and patients all learning and improving services for and with children and young people. You will also hear Michael Seres, Patient Innovator and Stanford EPatient talk about his own experiences of using his experiences as a patient to innovate and improve. He will also talk about the Stanford University #EveryoneIncluded principles.

Session 5: Involving patients and their families. A UK Perspective:: 5pm

In this session you will hear stories and experiences from parent Dawn Nicholls, community activist Melissa Smith and Mel Smith from Grapevine Coventry and Warwickshire about the work they are co producing that challenges the notion of being the leaders of change rather than the beneficiaries of it, supporting carers to take the initiative. Under the umbrella of #covmindthegap their work involves informal community assets in meeting need and providing support.

Session 6: Voluntary, community and social enterprise and housing sectors are involved as key partners and enablers: 5.30pm

In this session you will hear personal perspectives of the impact of Housing and homelessness on health from Alison Cameron. You will also hear from Family Mosaic staff, examples of how they promote the health and wellbeing of their customers – by encouraging them to Get Healthy and Get Active and get involved as peer support workers, consultants, and customer inspectors.

Session 7: Volunteering and social action are recognised as key enablers: 6.30pm

In this session Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust will talk about the Engage Programme where volunteers work to enhance the psychological wellbeing of older adults in hospital through person-centred support and interaction. You will hear personal narratives from staff, volunteers and patients of the impact of the programme on all who are involved. Research has been undertaken to demonstrate the value of the Engage programme on reducing length of stay and improving the patient experience. The programme won the Queens award for voluntary service in 2016.

Panel Discussion: 7.30pm

  • Summary and key points: Alison Cameron, Carol Read and Helen Bevan.

Please also check our resources page for a wealth of information connected to each of the sessions.


Everyone Included


We are very proud that Stanford University has granted us a license to use their trade marked Everyone Included logo and hashtag. We are the first event outside of the US to have been granted this license. There are four tiers for the license to cover the fact that some organisations are at an earlier stage in working across traditional boundaries in this way. We have been awarded the top tier which is entitled “Integration”.

Read the statement providing background to Everyone Included, and its ethos.