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Social Enterprise Pathfinders

Volume 456: debated on Friday 2 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria were used by strategic health authorities in determining social enterprise pathfinder programmes. (115820)

The assessment criteria used by the strategic health authorities and regional partners are as follows:

is there a clear sense of vision and purpose in the proposal?

do the services proposed meet a gap in current provision?

do the services proposed improve on current provision?

is there a sense of innovation in the proposal?

do the services proposed fit strategically with the local health and social care economy?

have clients been involved, or will be involved, in contributing to the design of services?

have staff been involved, or will be involved, in contributing to the design of services?

are there plans to involve stakeholders?

does the proposal demonstrate a vision for the service's social objectives and how these will be realised?

are robust governance arrangements planned or in place?

is there a sense that there is sufficient management capability in the organisation?

is there explicit commissioner support for the application, or a clear demonstration that the scheme will be financially viable?