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03
Aug

New staff initiatives announced


The 15 projects that comprise the second wave of new innovations created under the government’s ‘Right to Request’ initiative have been announced. The scheme encourages public sector workers, including Primary Care Trust (PCT) staff, to take on more responsibility by setting up their own social enterprises.

The new projects span two thirds of Strategic Health Authorities and include a wide range of services, such as increasing access to psychological therapies, improving end of life care and a wider range of children services.


Care services minister Paul Burstow said: “The Eden Project and the Big Issue show us what we can achieve through social enterprises. Instead of reaping rewards for shareholders they plough resources back into the community.

"NHS staff have the local know-how on how resources can best be used and I want to put them in the driving seat, and Right to Request combines NHS values with business principles in an effective way.

“Already we are seeing projects that are making a real difference. In Leicester, a GP and nurse led project has helped tailor services for the homeless and those with substance misuse problems.

 

[quote]We want to empower millions of public sector workers to become their own boss and help them to deliver better services. There is still an opportunity for frontline PCT workers to be part of the next wave of the scheme in the autumn.[/quote]

Staff members who would like to propose a new social enterprise should email social.enterprise@dh.gsi.gov.uk.

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