This report by the Public Policy Institute for Wales (PPIW) reviews the evidence on ways of increasing the role which Social Business Models (SBMs) can play in the provision of health and social care. We worked with experts from Birmingham University to review evidence from other parts of the UK and Europe.
Our report concludes that SBMs can offer benefits over other models of provision but any attempt to increase their role has to address a number of challenges including:
Addressing these challenges requires cultural as well as organisational change. However, other countries have been able to overcome them. For example, the Social Cooperative movement in Italy provides an excellent example of the use of policy initiatives which enable SBMs to play a significant role in service delivery. Recent changes in EU legislation have also made tendering and procurement processes more favourable to the commissioning of SBMs which offers a considerable opportunity to move this agenda forward.
In light of evidence from a range of countries, our report identifies a number of actions that the Welsh Government and other agencies might consider taking to help increase the role of SBMs in the provision of health and social care in Wales. The full list of recommendations can be found in the report but key recommended actions include: