The Social Value Act

The Public Services (Social Value Act) 2012 requires commissioners to consider broader social, economic and environmental benefits to their area when making commissioning decisions.

The Act was a response to the risk of competitive tendering focusing solely on cost at the expense of other forms of value. The legislation enables the public sector to commission providers who are smaller and community based, and/or are engaged in social enterprise or not-for-profit activities.

Community-based approaches such as peer support and education for self-management deliver health and wellbeing benefits at low cost. The Social Value Act gives commissioners the flexibility to support the voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations that deliver these services.

National Voices and Social Enterprise UK

Research conducted by National Voices and Social Enterprise UK has found that only 13% of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) can clearly show that they are actively committed to pursuing social value in their procurement and commissioning decisions. You can read the full report here.

Self management uk's work

Fundamental to the Five Year Forward View is the strengthening of community and social services to support primary and social care. Self management uk is committed to asset-based and community-centred approaches in order to provide person-centred care. Our approach using the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) involves signposting people with long-term conditions to community services that can support them in their locality.

By engaging volunteers, our work has a wider impact on local communities. We encourage people to draw on their own resources and those of their communities, social networks and services around them.

To find out more, contact us.