Social enterprises and mutuals
The Government determined some time ago that staff-led social enterprises and mutuals will play a central role in the delivery of services to our community and many such organisations were created from Primary Care Trusts when their provider functions were separated from their commissioning functions between 2010 and 2012. Increasingly, Local Authorities are encouraging public sector staff to develop social enterprise business and mutuals, in order to provide services back to them.
Capsticks has now been at the forefront of establishing and advising social enterprises for several years. We played a key role in the Department of Health's Transforming Community Services programme (TCS), which saw the transfer of community services from primary care trusts into newly formed organisations, including social enterprises. We are also now in the vanguard of support for local authorities looking to use mutual and social enterprise models to help them achieve better levels of service provision whilst retaining skills and capabilities within the market place.
We have advised on many groundbreaking deals, including the development of Your Healthcare in 2010, the first social enterprise to develop out of NHS London and other social enterprises such as Bromley Healthcare, Medway Community and Central Essex Community Services. Our work with Councils involves a social work pilot at Surrey County Council, looking at mutual issues as they apply to Fire Brigades and the transfer of adult social care to a social enterprise, thereby creating an integrated organisation.
If you are considering developing a social enterprise business from within a local authority or health body, or both, in an integrated organisation, or indeed if you are developing a social enterprise, we would be happy to discuss your plans with you. We can develop a 'road map' to externalisation for you, looking at the key legal issues you will need to deal with in order to become operational, and can continue to support and advise you on your social enterprise journey.
Some of the things we can help you get right are choosing the most appropriate organisational form for your organisation and then, in particular, drafting the governance arrangements which will work best for you and the business, and which aligns your business to the needs and requirements of commissioners which are paying for your services.
The Capsticks team is steeped in mutual experience and is used to helping you work out how best users of your service, interested stakeholders and their staff can combine to create a successful business which will benefit the community.
Capsticks and the LGC
Capsticks are the founders of the Social Enterprise webpages on the LGC (Local Government Chronicle) website. Please visit the LGC website to see the latest articles and to meet members of our social enterprise team.
In 2012, we hosted and spoke at the Local Government Chronicle social enterprise masterclass: 'How to spin out your service from the council: a development masterclass in making social enterprise work in local authorities.' Click here to view the video.
In April 2013, we were also involved in a webinar on Local Healthwatches, and on 26th November 2013 chaired a workshop on Integration, focussing on how health and social care services can be patient-centered and integrated. Click here to view the Agenda.
On 15th January 2014, we facilitated a webinar designed to be a training tool on social enterprise for in-house Local Authority teams. Click here to view the webinar.
Get in touch
For more information please contact Chris Brophy or send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Social enterprises and mutuals resources
- Social enterprises, mutuals and the 'Right to Provide' July 2011
- Community Health Services: Made mutual
- Membership, engagement and democratic governance for SEs - March 2012
- The best legal format: social enterprise or charity?
- Social Enterprise Services
- Housing, health and care – the integration agenda
- Leeds Health Network, 12 February, Final thoughts from speakers
- Community health services as social enterprises
- Practical governance support to social enterprise