£10 million additional funding is being given to the Social Enterprise Investment Fund in order to allow social enterprises to provide health services.
The announcement was made by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley at this year’s Social Enterprise Coalition conference Voice 11.
Lansley said social enterprises deliver a ‘can do’ attitude, which would be a welcome addition to NHS services by offering choice and best quality healthcare.
Lansley said allowing ‘any qualified provider’ to offer health services would end the bureaucratic tendering processes for healthcare.
Glasgow Caledonian University’s Applied Knowledge Exchange was at Voice 11 to hear the announcments and to highlight GCU’s new MSc in Social Enterprise.
The MSc programme is run in partnership with the Social Enterprise Academy and has been developed from the PgC programme – the only postgraduate degree in Scotland designed specifically for the social enterprise sector.
For more information, check out http://www.gcu.ac.uk/business/socialinnovation/ or call the Applied Knowledge Exchange on 0141 331 3189.