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Social Enterprise Journal

ISSN: 1750-8614

Online from: 2005

Subject Area: Enterprise and Innovation

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


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Title:Jumped or pushed: what motivates NHS staff to set up a social enterprise?
Author(s):Kelly Hall, (Department of Sociology, University of Northampton, Northampton, UK), Robin Miller, (Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK), Ross Millar, (Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK)
Citation:Kelly Hall, Robin Miller, Ross Millar, (2012) "Jumped or pushed: what motivates NHS staff to set up a social enterprise?", Social Enterprise Journal, Vol. 8 Iss: 1, pp.49 - 62
Keywords:Health, Health services, Motivation, National Health Service, Policy, Public sector, Social enterprise, Social entrepreneurship, Spin out, United Kingdom
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/17508611211226584 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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.



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