Social enterprises offered guide to healthcare procurement

Social Enterprise London has launched a guide to public sector healthcare procurement for social enterprises and primary care trust commissioners.

The guide marks the culmination of SEL’s Enterprising Healthcare project to build capacity in enterprises aiming to provide public health and social care services. The project, which was funded by the Department of Health, also encouraged commissioners to consider supplier diversity to encompass third sector groups.

“The Government has signalled that social enterprise models of service delivery can contribute significantly to the development of responsive primary and community healthcare,” said Lesley Miller, SEL’s lead on Enterprising Healthcare.

“Many social enterprises are already delivering contracts to the health sector very successfully, and many more have the untapped potential to do so in the future. Through fostering new relationships and understanding between third sector organisations and PCTs, we hope that the Enterprising Healthcare project really has helped to pave the way for commissioning from the third sector to grow.”

News of the guide follows the Department of Health’s announcement last week that it has opened the second round of its Social Enterprise Investment Fund, which is offering £11m capital grants and £6m revenue (Third Sector Online, 8 May 2008).

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