Supporting NHS staff to establish new Social Enterprise solutions to enhance patient benefit.

Health care providers – and public services more generally – are currently undergoing a period of significant organisational change. The Cabinet Office and Department of Health are promoting social enterprises as one of their preferred models for delivering publicly funded health care services. Social enterprises that have established themselves in health care range from a single GP practice or small centre for the homeless through to entire PCT provider arms. Their internal governance structures and processes vary, as do their ownership options and levels of employee engagement.   

All public-sector employees have the right to form mutual (Right to Provide) or other types of social enterprises, which will then negotiate contracts with their relevant government department or commissioning agency.

Together there are more than 400 spin-outs across the country, including housing associations, leisure trusts and others.  They exhibit a mix of social, employee-owned, not-for-profit or mutual characteristics.