New report - Commissioning for social value can address health priorities

Commissioning for social value can help address local health priorities and maximise value, new report says.

Social Enterprise UK has published a new report which argues local authority commissioners should consider social – and not just fiscal – value when commissioning.

The report - titled The Social Value Difference in Health and Care Commissioning - argued this could underpin joined up working across local authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), and has the potential to transform health and social care services. It proposed commissioners utilise the Public Services (Social Value) Act (2013). This requires public service commissioners to think about how they can also secure wider social, economic and environmental benefits.

This short report details the difference social value can make in health and care commissioning, and shares learning for other commissioning authorities to make the most of social value. It presents the initial findings from SEUK's Health and Social Value Programme, a three-year programme bringing together local CCGs, local authorities, Health and Wellbeing Boards and VCSE organisations in 12 areas across England.

SEUK have put together a 12 step approach for commissioners looking to make the most of social value: 12 Steps to embedding social value priorities in health and care commissioning

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