Social enterprises: part of the NHS family – an explanatory guide for the wider NHS

23 / 07 / 2019

Social enterprises are central to the diversity of health and care provision in the UK. Collectively, they have a turnover of £1.5bn and employ around 100,000 staff. Around a third of all community health services are delivered by social enterprises and they play a significant role in the delivery of out of hours care and a host of other services and their leaders play a key role in system leadership across the country.

Many of the largest social enterprises originally ‘span out’ of the statutory NHS bodies – and staff and patients still recognise them now as fundamentally part of the NHS. Social enterprises reinvest their surpluses back into their services and into the communities they serve and the vast majority are rated good or outstanding by the CQC.

Our guide, produced with Social Enterprise UK, will help you get to grips with social enterprises and the role they play in delivering better health and social care outcomes for the communities they serve.

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