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We recognise the importance of delivering and demonstrating social value.
In its simplest terms, social value is the impact that an organisation has on the planet, economy and society. At Arden & GEM, our definition of social value focuses on:
Our Social Value Specialist, Becky Jones explains more in this video:
As part of our journey to achieving the Social Value Quality Mark Level 1, we have set out pledges in six areas to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to social value:
You can read more about our key value indicators for each pledge area in this document.
You can also here our delivery leads and teams sharing some of our achievements to date on our dedicated social value YouTube playlist.
Our roadmap for delivery
To continue strengthening our commitments to delivering and embedding social value, we are following a roadmap which includes applying for the Social Value Quality Mark Level 2 in early 2024.
The Social Value Network
As part of our commitment to achieving a fairer, better, greener health and care system through pioneering the aims and principles of social value, we have established the Social Value Network – a collaborative, joined-up approach to delivering social value across the public sector.
The Social Value Network enables organisations working in or with the public sector to gain the knowledge and tools needed to meet their statutory and ethical responsibilities. Members are supported to determine what social value means to them and how they can achieve their vision, with bespoke implementation programmes also available.
Find out more about the Social Value Network here.
Find out more about our approach and delivery of social value below:
Aaron Atkinson, Associate Director of Business Intelligence at Arden & GEM, shares how he first got into analytics, the importance of putting people first and how to connect the dots in this latest Q&A in our BI Careers series.
It’s important that we now take this opportunity to review and reflect so that we consider the implications of the remote working era on future (and present) workers.
Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership has embedded social value at scale, building not only on the HCP members’ own responsibilities as anchor institutions, but also working proactively with local communities, businesses and suppliers to extend the reach and impact of their work.
Carla Smith, Apprenticeship and Career Development Manager at Arden & GEM, explains how the sector-based work academy programme and apprenticeships are helping jobseekers into careers with the NHS.
Read the summary of our most recent webinar, ‘Understanding the importance of social value in the public sector’, which brought together NHS, local authority and voluntary sector leaders to share their expertise.
With net zero targets, green plans, carbon reduction plans and procurement legislation, social value in the NHS is not optional. Our Social Value Lead, Becky Jones, looks at how progress can be made by ICBs in this latest blog for Healthcare Leader.