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Jumped or pushed: what motivates NHS staff to set up a social enterprise?

Hall, K., Miller, R. and Millar, R. (2012) Jumped or pushed: what motivates NHS staff to set up a social enterprise? Social Enterprise Journal. 8(1), pp. 49-62. 1750-8614.

Item Type: Article
Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the motivations behind public sector spin outs, focusing on the Right to Request policy, which enabled NHS staff to set up their own social enterprises to deliver healthcare services. Design/methodology/approach – The paper draws on empirical data gathered from 16 in-depth interviews with individuals who had led a Right to Request proposal. Findings – Motivations to spin out of the NHS into a social enterprise were often “empathetic” in nature, built around the good of the service for staff and users. Alongside this, some felt “pushed” out of the NHS as a result of government restructuring policy, with social enterprise offering the only hope to survive as an organisation. Research limitations/implications – The study captures a particular point in time and there may be other perspectives that have not been included. Social implications – The paper is of use to academics, policy makers and practitioners. It provides an important contribution in thinking about how to motivate public sector staff, especially those from a health profession, to consider spinning out into social enterprises. Originality/value – The paper is the first to look at the motivations of healthcare spin outs through the Right to Request programme. The findings are related to previous literature on social entrepreneurship within public sector settings
Uncontrolled Keywords: Health, Health services, Motivation, National Health Service, Policy, Public sector, Social enterprise, Social entrepreneurship, Spin out, United Kingdom
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV697 Protection, assistance and relief
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA410 Medical economics. Economics of medical care. Employment
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory > HB615 Entrepreneurship. Risk and uncertainty. Property
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA395 Medical services. National Health Service. Private care
Creators: Hall, Kelly, Miller, Robin and Millar, Ross
Publisher: Emerald
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Group > Social Enterprise Research Group
University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > School of Social Sciences (to 2016)
Research Institutes > Institute for Social Innovation and Impact
Faculties > Faculty of Health & Society > Applied Social Studies & Sociology
Date: 2012
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 49-62
Journal or Publication Title: Social Enterprise Journal
Volume: 8
Number: 1
Language: English
ISSN: 1750-8614
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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