Creating social value - module

A sustainable health and care system requires delivery across three dimensions: financial, environmental and social. The social component of sustainable development has not always been considered. Actively designing and delivering social value is a core part of the transformation needed across the public sector. This concept is now enshrined in legislation through the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012.

The module Creating social value (publications gateway ref no. 02651) is designed to bring together current thinking and examples of how social value can deliver better and fairer health outcomes with fewer environmental and financial resources.

The module is divided into three areas:

  1. What do we mean by social value?
  2. Key ways of enhancing social value
  3. Proposals for achieving (system wide) social value

The full module and implementation notes can be downloaded below.

Social Value Steering Group

A steering group has been set up in partnership between the SDU (NHS England and PHE), Cabinet Office and Social Enterprise UK to help ensure the module and the SDS is implemented.

This is chaired by Michael Marmot and the steering group are collating case studies and best practice exemplars to show how use of the act can reduce inequalities across communities.  In particular they are recommending that system wide commissioning intentions are explicit about how they will reduce inequalities.

  • Creating social value
    Creating social value

    Social value module to support the delivery of the Sustainable Development Strategy

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  • Implementation note: Social value
    Implementation note: Social value

    This implementation note accompanies the social value module developed for the Sustainable Development Strategy for the NHS, Public Health and Social Care System 2014 – 2020. It provides examples of practical approaches, actions, guidance and tools to help deliver the measures of success outlined in the module. This is a live document and will continue to be updated.

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