URGENT HEALTH UK CALLS FOR GREATER FOCUS ON SOCIAL VALUE IN THE DESIGN OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE SERVICES

Submitted by Sarah Fletcher on Fri, 12/02/2016 - 09:23

Following receiving another year of full accreditation by Social Enterprise Mark (SE Mark), Urgent Health UK is calling for policy makers and commissioners to place a greater focus on social value in the design of health and social care services. This will be the fifth year UHUK has received full accreditation.

The federation of social enterprise providers of out-of-hospital urgent care welcomes the positive work undertaken to progress the social enterprise agenda in recent years, notably through the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 and Lord Young’s Social Value Act Review. However, UHUK believes further action must be taken in 2016 to ensure social enterprises are supported to fulfil their potential in delivering high quality health and social care for patients, whilst adding social value to communities across the country.

Commenting, CEO of UHUK, Dr John Horrocks said:

“We are delighted UHUK has achieved the SE Mark for another year.

“The social enterprise model of UHUK and our members means our values are closely aligned with those of the NHS; putting patients before profits, we are committed to delivering high quality care whilst adding social value to the communities we serve.”

Chair of UHUK, Dr Simon Abrams, added:

“I firmly believe that effective out-of-hospital urgent care delivered by social enterprise providers can significantly help to tackle some of the major challenges facing the system long-term.

“However, we need policy makers and commissioners to gain a better understanding of social value and tools at their disposal to ensure this principle is a core part of service design.”

Commenting, Managing Director of Social Enterprise Mark, Lucy Findlay said:

“We are pleased to award Urgent Health UK with the Social Enterprise Mark for a fifth year.

“We review continuing eligibility on an annual basis, it is quite an achievement to have passed assessment each year since first applying in 2011.

“Urgent Health UK enables its members to benefit from working together and effectively being part of a much larger organisation, which in turn benefits staff and the patients that they serve, through development/training and quality benchmarking.

“It is great to see Urgent Health UK using its influence to enable members’ voices to be heard at a national and political level.

“We welcome the call for a greater focus on social value delivered by health and social care providers, and agree that the services provided by social enterprises such as Urgent Health UK contribute significantly to tackling the challenges facing the NHS.”