Nurse practitioner urges colleagues to develop social enterprises

A nurse practitioner who developed a social enterprise that works for PCTs and out-of-hours providers has urged colleagues to follow her lead.

Photograph: iStockphoto/mustafa deliormanli

Amanda Mayo, clinical director of the 14-month-old Urgent Care Ltd, received £400,000 funding from FutureBuilders England, a government-backed fund offering investment and support to third sector organisations to develop their capacity for delivering public services.

The tie-in enabled the social enterprise to receive legal advice worth up to £20,000 for free.

The social enterprise has contracts to support out-of-hours services in the London and South East area. This includes home visits and it is developing rapid response teams.

Ms Mayo told the Nurse Practitioner Association conference in Liverpool this month: ‘FutureBuilders has an awful lot of money it needs to get rid of. It won’t do all the work for you, you need to go to it with a business plan. I can’t tell you how much support it has given us.’

It seeks a 12% return on its investment.

Urgent Care has about 40 staff. Up to nine are full-time and the rest are made up of bank staff.

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