Right to Request & Right to Provide

The Department of Health has led the way in enabling staff to form mutuals and spin out of the public sector.

Staff-led enterprises have an important role to play in meeting the Government’s commitment to improve choice and quality in the delivery of healthcare services. Their freedom to innovate and respond to service user needs puts them in a strong position to drive up quality and improve health outcomes.

Right to Provide

On 30th March 2011, the Department of Health launched the Right to Provide. It enables NHS and social care staff to apply to their host organisation to set up a staff-led social enterprise, giving them real influence in the way the service develops.

The Right to Provide has now closed for applications from NHS trusts (including those in the Foundation Trust Pipeline) but staff in NHS Foundation Trusts and social care organisations are still able to submit an expression of interest for the scheme to their host organisation.

Find out more about the projects progressing under the Right to Provide.

Right to Request

The Right to Provide follows the success of the Right to Request. The Right to Request was open to all primary care trust (PCT) frontline staff, and invited proposals to help transform local health and social care services. As a result, 40 services, involving approximately 20,000 NHS staff, spun out to form social enterprises delivering high quality services.

Find out more about the projects progressing under the Right to Request.

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