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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Jonathan Lewis, Bromley Healthcare

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Jonathan Lewis, Bromley Healthcare

Managing Director, Bromley Healthcare

About Bromley Healthcare CIC

Being a social enterprise for me means holding on to pure, patient focussed spirit of the NHS but adding everything that is good from the private and charity sectors. This allows us to create an organisation that produces superb services and is massively efficient.

Established on 1 April 2011 Bromley Healthcare is a new community interest company formed of 800 people who deliver NHS services in Bromley and Greenwich.  Services including community and school nursing, dermatology, gynaecology and occupational therapy.

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Siobhan Clarke, Your Healthcare CIC

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Siobhan Clarke, Your Healthcare CIC

Managing Director, Your Healthcare CIC

About Your Healthcare

Keep focussed on your service users and what they need and be true to your values and principles. Bringing others with you is not always easy but perseverance pays off to the benefit of service users and the community. Managing your energy and choosing your battles wisely is critical.

Your Healthcare CIC, providers of NHS community healthcare services in the borough of Kingston and to some people in Richmond. Launched on 1st August 2010, Your Healthcare services include District Nursing, Health Visiting, School Nursing, Rehabilitation, Learning Disability Services, Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Speech and Language provision.

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Brendan O’Keefe, EPIC ELM

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Brendan O’Keefe, EPIC ELM

EPIC ELM

The real challenge for anyone leading a spin-out is to convince staff it is the right thing for them. It is the ability to engage staff on a personal level that tests the mettle of any spin-out leader.

About EPIC ELM

EPIC ELM is the brand name of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s staff mutual spin-out.  Going live, April 2013, EPIC ELM will provide a range of support services for young people – advice and guidance, youth centres and sports activities, health promotion and career opportunities.  It will be entirely employee owned.

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Sarah Sharlott, REALISE Futures

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Sarah Sharlott, REALISE Futures

REALISE Futures

About REALISE Futures

Stepping out from the local authority can feel at times as if you are digging a tunnel with a plastic teaspoon. But keep your sense of perspective, make sure you have good support and remember this is one of the best ways to enable you to be the sort of public servant you want to be

REALISE Futures is a CIC comprising of three arms: – Community Learning and Skills Development, National Careers Service and various social enterprises (Whitehouse Enterprises, Growing Places, Nowton Nursery, Poppy’s Pantry, EcoServices Digital). Together the services offer a holistic approach to an individual seeking support to return to work, maintain their employment, re-engage with training or seek to develop their employability skills.

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Jonathan Parsons, Chime Social Enterprise

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Jonathan Parsons, Chime Social Enterprise

Managing Director, Chime Social Enterprise

About Chime Social Enterprise

Spinning out has allowed us to understand our inputs and outputs and to operate as a business making rational strategic decisions still with the NHS ethos at our heart, but with a chance of making it work – sustainable, quality care.

Chime provides NHS Audiology Services for NHS Devon – Mid, East and Exeter areas. From 1st May 2011 the whole audiology department including staff and equipment transferred to Chime – the new Social Enterprise Company.

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Dr Linda Harris, Spectrum Community Health

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Dr Linda Harris, Spectrum Community Health

Chief Executive, Spectrum Community Health

Delivering healthcare through social enterprise requires a firm belief in ‘the vision’ and a commitment to ‘live out’ your mission and the values of the organisation through your day to day work. You also have to become excellent at measuring the difference you are making and share that message with all your stakeholders.

About Spectrum Community Health
Spectrum Community Health launched in April 2011 providing specialist health care to people in Wakefield and the surrounding districts. The focus of activity is the provision of care to the most vulnerable groups in the most difficult environments. The main service portfolio includes:

  • primary healthcare for people in prisons and secure environments;
  • specialist drug and alcohol services;
  • sexual health services
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