Our wonderful trustee Tracy Rose is part of the Sirona Care & Health social enterprise based in Bath, which has recently been the subject of the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Building the Big Society’.
The government is keen for public sector staff to form social enterprises. A new law requires public bodies to take into account ‘social value’ when awarding contracts. And the NHS will see more services put out to tender. But what do these changes mean on the ground?
Over the past 8 months, Giles Edwards has been given inside access as a major new social enterprise is created in Bath from parts of the local NHS and the local council.
The programme also explores the wider impact. Will Sirona Care and Health, the new organisation, make good on its promises to create wider ‘social value’? What can it do with its Â£50 million budget and 1,700 staff to improve the lives of people in Bath and North East Somerset?