Social enterprise shortlisted in HSJ awards


Pioneering organisation Nottingham CityCare Partnership, which offers health services to the local community across Nottingham and is led by chief executive Lyn Bacon, has been shortlisted for two national awards.

SEUK member, CityCare, which became a social enterprise in April 2011, has been shortlisted in the NHS service Provider of the Year and Progressive Research Culture categories in the highly prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) awards 2012.


The awards, seen as the ‘Oscars’ of the health sector, exist to ensure that individuals or teams are recognised and rewarded for work that raises the standard of healthcare in the UK.

CityCare became a social enterprise just 18 months ago. It has 1,300 employees and provides a wide range of NHS community services, from health visiting and district nursing to podiatry to local people.

That CityCare has been shortlisted for the coveted HSJ awards just 18 months after its new beginning is a real accolade, says chief executive Lyn Bacon (pictured).

“To be shortlisted for these two awards after a busy 18 months and following our move into a social enterprise is a huge accolade.

“We are seen as a pioneering organisation because of the way we are now working. CityCare is proving itself as a high quality patient-centred organisation and pioneering a hybrid model of social enterprise which is seeing the creation of a sustainable business delivering NHS services.

“Our organisation is already exceeding expectations in the way it delivers healthcare. We are more than achieving our projections and we believe we have something very special at CityCare. Evidence says we are a high performing organisation and, more importantly, patients say they are happy with the services they receive.”

The HSJ Awards 2012 attracted more than a thousand entries. The judges - who include David Flory, deputy chief executive of the National Health Service and Sir John Oldham, national clinical lead quality & productivity from the Department of Health evaluated all the entries and to produce a shortlist consisting of 155 organisations.

The winners will be announced at the prestigious HSJ Awards ceremony on the 20 November at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Health Commissioning Programme

SEUK is delivering this programme in partnership with Institute of Voluntary Action Research: its key objective is to support clinical commissioning groups to develop constructive and productive partnerships with voluntary and community organisations, and social enterprises.

It will

  • Provide information advice and support to clinical commissioning groups on the role and contribution of voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises; and
  • Ensure that voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises have the capability to respond to patient needs and emerging commissioning requirements and grow their stake in the new health economies.