Mutual Ventures

Health and Social Care

The need for change in the NHS and social care system is universally acknowledged. Rising demand, increasingly complex care needs and budget challenges are placing unprecedented strain on services. In a decade’s time there will be two million more people aged over 75, intensifying this pressure further. This is the most significant challenge facing public services in the UK.

Joint working between the NHS and social care services is part of the answer. A seamless service for those who need a wide variety of health and care services makes sense – but integrating services with different funding systems, operating norms and cultures is fraught with difficultly.

The Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) process is a key driver and we are supporting organisations to engage with this in a meaningful way.

We offer a wide range of support to those operating in the NHS and adult social care and also to those managing the integration of these services.

Strategic Planning – our team can support you to consider your options for future service delivery including the optimal service mix. This will involve considering how to best lead or engage with the STP process to ensure you get the best outcome for your local area, organisation(s) and service users. Find out more about our Strategy service.

New Delivery Models – our team support the redesign of existing services or new organisational forms, such as public sector-owned trading companies, joint ventures and independent social enterprises. Through a tried and tested process which includes appraising your options, engaging with key stakeholders and developing a robust business case, we can support you through the entire journey. Find out more about our New Delivery Models service.

Service Transformation – we can help you consider changes to the way your services are delivered to improve their quality and sustainability. This may be through the development of a new Public Service Operating Model which adapts your service to the new reality being driven by the STP process. Find out more about our Service Transformation offer.

Our offer specific to Social Enterprises and Charities operating within the Health and Social Care sector includes:

Growth & Partnerships – we provide support for organisations to grow via strategic reviews of services, service redesign, business planning, business development and development of resilient partnerships.  For example, we have helped organisations to win new contracts by supporting engagement in payment by results commissioning. Find out more about our Growth and Partnerships service.

Investment & Impact – we work with organisations to support strong impact management, advising on measuring and demonstrating social impact and implementing new systems. We have helped organisations to analyse whether investment is right for them, become investment ready and develop their case for investment. Find out more about our Investment and Impact service.


If you would like more information or to discuss how we can help, please get in touch with Andrew Laird:

Some examples of our work:

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership- In 2017 MV partnered with KPMG and the King’s Fund to develop options for payment and contract reform across the GM area. This work supported devolution and health and social care integration in the Greater Manchester area. Read the full case study

Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust- In 2015 MV developed a business case looking at integrating services along the service user pathway for heart disease patients, working alongside senior managers, staff and clinicians. Read the full case study

The Health and Wellbeing LLP (2016-17) – This is a new Limited Liability Partnership model for delivering integrated services at scale, comprised of eight social enterprises and charities. Read the full case study

Bridgend County Borough Council – the Bridgend Resource Centre (‘BRC’) is a council day centre which provides services for older and disabled people with complex needs.   The Council appointed MV to investigate whether opportunities existed to: increase the scope and scale of services delivered via the centre; improve the financial viability and sustainability of the centre by generating new sources of income, thus reducing BRC’s dependence on Council funding; and establish BRC as a social enterprise. Read the full case study

Lincolnshire County Council – MV were commissioned to support this local authority in understanding the process involved in creating an Integrated Care Organisation and to develop a roadmap for integrating adult social care services with local health services. Read the full case study

Torbay Council commissioned MV to develop a business case exploring a move from their current model, where children’s services are provided by Torbay Council, to a commissioned model, where children’s services would be delivered by Torbay and South Devon Foundation Trust. Read the full case study