Notes to editors
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- The report ‘Social enterprise in health care: promoting organisational autonomy and staff engagement’ is published on Thursday 4 August at 00.01.
- There are around 62,000 social enterprises in the UK, which contribute more the £24 billion to the economy, employing approximately 800,000 people. It is estimated that around 9 per cent of them operate in the health and social care sectors. (Social Enterprise Coalition 2009; Williams and Cowing 2009)
- ‘Social enterprise’, ‘employee-owned organisation’, ‘mutual’ and ‘co-operative’ are used interchangeably but can take different forms. Many, but not all, are owned by staff or by the wider community to some degree. A key factor is that businesses are guided by social objectives, with surpluses reinvested into the organisation rather than taken as profits by investors. However some of them remove a proportion of profit as dividends or bonuses for staff. For the purposes of this report, social enterprises were defined as organisations with some elements of employee ownership or mutual and co-operative design, and with an overarching objective to reinvest in organisational and staff development.
- The government White Paper ‘Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS’, stated in ‘Our strategy for the NHS: an executive summary’, at point 6 (r): ‘We aim to create the largest social enterprise sector in the world by increasing the freedoms of foundation trusts and giving NHS staff the opportunity to have a greater say in the future of their organisations, including as employee-led social enterprises.’
- The government’s recent open public services White Paper was published in July 2011.