Social Enterprise and Community-based Care: Is there a future for mutually-owned organisations in community and primary care?

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Social enterprises are businesses that deliver goods and services, but in pursuit of primarily social objectives.

The government is committed to supporting social enterprise in the economy at large. And so, in its recent White Paper, the government suggested that social enterprise models of service delivery can be part of the provider market in primary and community care.

This paper considers how social enterprises – particularly those with a 'mutual' structure – might add value to the provision of primary and community care as well as practice-based commissioning. It sets out action that will need to be taken if this innovation is to be successfully implemented.