Health services provider awarded for dedication to local community
December 27, 2012Leicester-based Inclusion Healthcare has been awarded the Social Enterprise Mark, which proves they are in business to improve the lives of homeless people in Leicestershire.
Inclusion Healthcare is a Leicester based social enterprise set up by Dr Anna Hiley and Jane Gray in September 2010 to improve the local primary healthcare services for homeless people and other vulnerable groups. Previously part of Leicester City Primary Care Trust and known then as Homeless Healthcare, the service used a Department of Health initiative to leave the NHS and set up and run healthcare services themselves as a social enterprise.
Inclusion Healthcare offers permanent registration to homeless people, residents of two approved hostels, two learning difficulty units and women in working in prostitution, with access to the full range of GP services. Although currently commissioned by the NHS, staff are the shareholders of this “not for profit” organisation and make the decisions on how the service is run.
As the only guarantee to assure social enterprise credentials, the Social Enterprise Mark is proof that 50-100% of surpluses are used to fulfil social purposes, rather than providing dividends to shareholders.
Lucy Findlay, Managing Director of the Social Enterprise Mark:
“We’re pleased to present this award to Inclusion Healthcare. They are a shining example of how health services can be delivered, putting people first. With more and more opportunities opening up every day for social enterprises to deliver health services, the Social Enterprise Mark has an important role to play in helping people understand when their health provider is genuinely socially motivated.”
Jane Gray & Dr Anna Hiley, Executive Directors of Inclusion Healthcare:
“We are delighted to have been awarded the internationally recognised Social Enterprise Mark. This further demonstrates our absolute commitment to deliver high quality primary healthcare to our vulnerable population as we continue to put the people we serve before profit.”