March 5, 2014
Urgent Health UK and the Social Enterprise Mark Company have published a joint statement calling for a consortium of government, commissioners and health care providers to work on ways to apply the Social Value Act in the commissioning of public services.
The call comes soon after the first anniversary of the Social Value Act 2012 going live and follows research carried out by the Social Enterprise Mark which revealed a gap in the way the act is being implemented among commissioners and healthcare providers.
Lucy Findlay, Managing Director of the Social Enterprise Mark Company, said: “There are two issues at stake – one is a lack of awareness about the Act and second is the complex landscape of the health sector. A framework is clearly needed to speed up the impact the Act has the potential to deliver.”
Dr John Horrocks, Chief Executive of Urgent Health UK, said: “Social enterprises are the vehicles that enable the Act to be delivered more effectively to people. By working more closely with one another we will be able to achieve more.”
Dr Michael Dixon, Chair of the NHS Alliance has commented on the statement “Promoting local social capital and providing a counter balance to Section 75, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Monitor is essential. Social value as opposed to purely commercial value is essential and resonates with our values and belief in fairness.”