NHS: Social Enterprises

House of Lords written question – answered on 29th July 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Masham of Ilton Baroness Masham of Ilton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of social enterprise providers in the delivery of National Health Service services; and what plans they have to enhance opportunities for social enterprise in the National Health Service.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

This Government believes that social enterprise providers make a valuable contribution to the delivery of NHS services.

In October 2013 the Government commissioned an independent review of staff engagement and empowerment in the National Health Service, led by Chris Ham, Chief Executive of the King’s Fund. The report was published in July 2014 sets out the impact of staff owned mutuals and social enterprises.

The publication notes that “a period of ‘accelerated evolution’ and evaluation of existing and alternative models would enable further evidence to be gathered about the impact of different organisational forms on staff engagement and performance.”

The publication by the Kings Fund can be found at:

www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/articles/improving-nhs-care-engaging-staff-and-devolving-decision-making

In response, the Government has set up a £1million fund to support “pathfinder” organisations in the acute sector explore how mutual models could increase staff engagement across their organisations.

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