Leeds Health and Social Value Programme

An exciting new programme to develop a shared approach to commissioning for social value in Leeds has kicked off with great cross-sector attendance and enthusiasm

What is the Health and Social Value Programme? 

The Health and Social Value programme is a national three year project funded by the Department of Health and delivered in partnership by Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) and Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR). The Leeds programme is one of four in the second year cohort.

It builds on previous health and partnership work, and aims to support the implementation of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 in health through a partnership approach.

What is the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012?    

Value for money is the over-riding factor that determines all public sector procurement decisions. However, in recent years, there has been a shift in understanding how value for money should be calculated, and growing support for the idea that it should include social and economic requirements. This has been reflected in a series of recent policy developments, including the Department for Communities and Local Government’s revised Best Value Guidance as well as initiatives at the European level.

The Public Services (Social Value) Act is the most significant development in this trend towards embedding social value in procurement. Under this Act, for the first time, public bodies are required to consider how the services they commission and procure might improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the area.      

The Programme in Leeds 

The programme in Leeds is supported by Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) and Richard Norton (Supporting Links to Commissioning Manager) is leading on this work on behalf of VAL.  

Delivery and time frame:

The programme brings together 25-35 senior leaders from the city’s 3 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), several directorates of Leeds City Council, the Third Sector, Leeds University and Leeds Beckett University, with links to the city’s Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB).

It includes these core elements tailored to local needs and concerns.

National Objectives and Outputs:

  • To support the implementation of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 in health (commissioning)
  • To support CCGs and Health and Wellbeing Boards to commission for Social Value
  • To improve the Third Sector’s understanding of their own impact in terms of social value and increase their knowledge of the commissioning process
  • In each area the CCG and HWB will have a plan for delivering social value with indicators to measure progress
  • In each region the Third Sector will have a means of measuring and demonstrating social value.

Project Support






Lead Facilitator


Helen Garforth



Support Facilitator


Charlotte Pace




Third Sector Link

Richard Norton

Supporting Links to Commissioning Project – VAL 



Administrative Support

Donna Cremin



Useful Links

The Social Value Guide

If you would like more information, The Social Value Guide, produced in association with Anthony Collins Solicitors, aims to help those affected by the Social Value Act, which came into force in January 2013.