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On the Sofa - Siobhan Clarke

by Siobhan Clarke 06/07/2015

What’s your business?

Your Healthcare provides publicly funded community health and social care services for people who live in the London Boroughs of Kingston and Richmond but our range extends beyond the two boroughs. We are also a founding partner in the Albion Care Alliance CIC group enterprise.

What did you do before you set up the business?

I have been in this line of business all my working life; I just didn’t call it a business.

Tell us what motivated you to spin-out of the public sector?

It was time to realise a reduction in bureaucracy, put the savings generated from this into frontline services and continue to work with local people to deliver services that they said made a difference to them.

How would you describe the journey?

It was not without its challenges - hurdles and pot holes doesn’t quite cover it – but it was absolutely the right thing to do.

What would be your advice to yourself now if you were starting out?

Keep the faith.

What is your best advice to people setting out now?

Go for it, the benefits far outweigh the challenges.

If you hadn’t done this, what might you have done?

Found another way of making mutualism for public services a reality.

How do you see the future of your business?

Brightly.

What do you think the new government will mean for the mutuals sector? 

Hopefully a continued focus on promoting and embedding mutuals as a valid alternative to some outdated public service models.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Still doing meaningful work...            

To finish, what is your one single big message to public sector bodies looking at spinning out?

Despite year on year reductions in our original core contract funding we have still managed to deliver a £3million investment into frontline services since becoming a mutual  – that’s one hell of a social return on investment!

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