Robert Flack, CEO, Locala Community Partnerships

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Robert Flack, CEO, Locala Community Partnerships

CEO, Locala Community Partnerships

Most of all I want to stress how important it is to engage with your colleagues along the way. People ‘got’ the opportunities offered by a CIC at different rates and it was never safe to ‘assume’ they were on board.

About Locala
Locala Community Partnerships provides NHS community services to over 400,000 people in Kirklees and beyond. A Community Interest Company, employing 1200 staff, Locala services range from health visitors to speech and language therapists, stop smoking support to district nursing as well as dental care, school nurses, foot care and physiotherapy.

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Doug Cresswell, Group Chief Executive, Pure Innovations

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Doug Cresswell, Group Chief Executive, Pure Innovations

Group Chief Executive, Pure Innovations

Do you really have a business? This means having products or services somebody else is willing to buy? Will they pay you enough cover you’re costs and leave enough over to reinvest in the business?

About Pure Innovations
Pure Innovations Ltd are a national not-for-profit company, with over 20 years experience delivering innovative and high quality services as part of Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council. Pure Innovations became an independent company following a TUPE Transfer in July 2005, enabling services to be offered to other local authorities within the UK.

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Janet Rowse, Sirona Care & Health CIC

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Janet Rowse, Sirona Care & Health CIC

Chief Executive, Sirona Care & Health CIC

“Stand up, and walk out of your history” – for me this captures the sense of purpose and identity that the spinning out process demands – as well as the need to be respectful of the past, but not constrained by it.

About Sirona Care & Health CIC
Sirona Care & Health Community Interest Company (CIC) was created in October 2011 as an independent non-profit distributing organisation providing publicly-funded health and social care services. Sirona is responsible for the delivery of the community healthcare and adult social care services previously provided by Bath and North East Somerset PCT and Council respectively.

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Chris Tully, Ripplez CIC

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Chris Tully, Ripplez CIC

 Chief Executive, Ripplez CIC

Spinning out of the NHS has been and is an incredible journey of learning how to run a business. It is very exhilarating to be able to make decisions, use my entrepreneurial skills without getting into trouble, and make a positive difference to the young parents we are supporting. The best year of my career.

About Ripplez CIC
Officially formed on 6th January 2011 as an independent health services and Family Nurse Partnership provider. Previously part of the provider arm of NHS Derby City, Ripplez is now an independent, not-for-profit social enterprise providing NHS services to young parents to be in Derby who are aged 17 or under in their first pregnancy.

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Andrew Burnell, City Health Care Partnerships

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Andrew Burnell, City Health Care Partnerships

Chief Executive, City Health Care Partnerships

Get a good strong team around you; enlist the help of people who have been through a similar process and learn from them; and stand your ground – if you know it makes sense to set up a social enterprise, do something about it!

About City Health Care Partnerships
City Health Care Partnership CIC is an independent, not-for-profit social enterprise providing NHS services to approximately 250,000 residents in Hull and a further 325,000 who live in the surrounding East Riding of Yorkshire. Established on 1 June 2010, CHCP CIC seeks to minimise the need for acute care in hospital through early interventions, community based treatment and promotion of healthy lifestyles.

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Neil Woodbridge, Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions CIC

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Neil Woodbridge, Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions CIC

Chief Executive, Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions CIC

At times it can all seem quite mad but when spinning out you need (just like a ballet dancer!) to keep your eye focused on the end point – your vision. Stay true to it, ignore the nay-sayers, identify your champions and network like crazy.

About Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions
An award winning social enterprise established in 2007 to take over all the local authority disability provider services.  Having successfully secured a £4.5M contract from Thurrock Council, from February 2013 TLS will have a team of 62 staff and be supporting 189 customers.  TLS has a board 100% made up of disabled people.

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Lance Gardner MBE, Care Plus Trust

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Lance Gardner MBE,  Care Plus Trust

Chief Executive, Care Plus Group

Never become a social enterprise or mutual to get away from a negative, or to carry on doing what you have always done, in the same way you have always done it – you might as well stay where you are!

About Care Plus Group

Care Plus Trust is a social business that provides adult health and social care services to people across North East Lincolnshire.  Formed in 2011 Care Plus employs over 750 members of staff providing a wide range of community services, including community nursing and learning disability services, older peoples day services and sexual health services for young people.

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Dawn Hewitt, CHUMS

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Dawn Hewitt, CHUMS

Chief Executive, CHUMS Bereavement, Trauma and Emotional Wellbeing Service

About CHUMS

Be BOLD and STRONG, BELIEVE in yourself that you can achieve great things and those around you will believe in you. There is a world outside that is better than you can ever imagine and it is full of exciting possibilities…… Don’t give up!!

CHUMS the Child Bereavement and Trauma Service recently left the NHS. It supports children, young people and their families with bereavement, trauma and emotional well being. Interventions offered include; One to one support, group work, residential weekends and family days. CHUMS has 13 years of experience in providing support to children and young people – and their families – following the death of someone close.

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Liz Weatherill, Enable2 CIC

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Liz Weatherill, Enable2 CIC

Managing Director, Enable2 CIC

About Enable2

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Enable2 grew from the Primary Care Interpreting Services developed by NHS Bradford and Airedale to provide language support to staff working in a primary care setting.  Now a social enterprise, Enable2 continue to work with the NHS Trust but have extended their service to work with social housing, counselling services and schools.

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John Niland, Central Essex Community Services

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John Niland, Central Essex Community Services

Chief Executive, Central Essex Community Services

About CECS

I have always believed that when it comes to making decisions about anything important it is better that you are involved in that process yourself. Creating a community interest company mutual is my way of bringing that belief to staff in Central Essex Community Services, the task now for me is making this a reality

CECS is a community interest company delivering a broad range of health and social care services across Essex and in Waltham Forest, Redbridge and Cambridgeshire.  With an income of over £48 million and over 1,100 employees, CECS serves communities with a total population of over 1.9 million people.

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