Over the past few years, there has been increasing interest in both the idea of social investment and the phenomenon of public service ‘spin-outs’ and mutuals. Meanwhile, almost unheralded, a new breed of organisations have emerged from Primary Care Trusts and other parts of an evolving public sector, hiving ourselves off as independent social enterprises. Some identify as mutuals, some as employee-owned businesses, and some have developed models of service user or community ownership.
“Since becoming a social enterprise we are much more in tune with our stakeholders, and our staff have never been this engaged or motivated. Members of the team have genuine ownership, and the result is that they’re creative and not afraid to challenge traditional ways of thinking. Being in control means we’re able to provide a diverse range of services that truly work for people in our community. It’s opened our eyes to a new way of working.”
Lyn Bacon, Chief Executive, Nottingham CityCare
The Right to Run is for public sector staff thinking about taking up the opportunities being offered them to provide services themselves, independently of the public sector, by setting up a social enterprise. It aims to be of use to staff in Local Authorities, NHS Trusts and other public bodies; from frontline clinicians and corporate services professionals through to senior managers, board and council members.
It aims to provide groups of public sector staff with a simple, practical how-to guide to help them on their journey. It also explains some of the potential pitfalls and risks, as well as the opportunities that come with ‘spinning out’ of the public sector.
Spin Out, Step Up: A report on the finance challenge for health & social care spin outs the aim of this report is to increase understanding of the finance needs of the health and social care spin-out social enterprises; and to prompt the development of appropriate investment solutions to address those needs. Published June 2013.
Mutuals Advice and Funding Routemap - There are several different sources of advice, support and funding available to staff, community groups and social entrepreneurs thinking of taking over and running public services independently. This interactive routemap is designed to help you decide which is best for you. http://mutuals.cabinetoffice.gov.uk
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