Social Enterprise

Social Enterprise – transfer of community services to a Right to Request Social Enterprise

We acted for NHS Hull on the transfer of its provider arm, previously operating under a soft separation regime, to a Social Enterprise model of provision by City Health Care Partnership CIC (CHCP) in June 2010. NHS Hull was identified as a ‘Pathfinder’ for Social Enterprise by the Department of Health in 2006 and since then had been working towards the full separation of its commissioning and provider services.

The transfer of the provider arm to CHCP was the first transaction of its kind. It is very much in line with the new Government’s Big Society agenda – for employee-owned Social Enterprises to take over the running of public services.

Hempsons were particularly flexible towards our needs and the timescales involved in this unique project.  The team we worked with had a wealth of experience and breadth of knowledge that ensured the coordination process was fully supported, and that the Business Transfer Agreement and associated contracts were successfully agreed and signed by the transfer date.

PCT’s Assistant Director of Contracting and Performance

Social Enterprise – joint venture models to facilitate delivery of NHS funded services

We act for Urgent Care Limited, a successful Social Enterprise established by ex-NHS staff, on the establishment of Community Interest Companies (CICs) as joint ventures with PCT staff groups. The intention is that the CICs will be awarded contracts to provide community services under the first wave of the Department of Health’s Right to Request programme.

Comment: The joint venture model pioneered by Urgent Care is one way for new Social Enterprises to focus on the delivery of high quality care with the assurance of established expertise in management and back office functions to support them.