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

Hall, Kelly and Miller, Robin and Millar, Ross (2005) Jumped or pushed: what motivates NHS staff to set up a social enterprise? Social Enterprise Journal, 8 (1). pp. 49-62. ISSN 1750-8614

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URL of Published Version: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=17032303&show=abstract

Identification Number/DOI: 10.1108/17508611211226584

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.

Type of Work:Article
Date:2005 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:Health Services Management Centre
Keywords:Health, Health services, Motivation, National Health Service, Policy, Public sector, Social enterprise, Social entrepreneurship, Spin out, United Kingdom
Subjects:H Social Sciences (General)
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ID Code:1339
Refereed:YES
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