Ministers’ praise for pioneers

Tracey Bush, managing director of Sprial, in Bispham
Tracey Bush, managing director of Sprial, in Bispham
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A FYLDE coast social hospital has been praised from two Government ministers.

The two members of the cabinet office, Rob Pomfret and Julian le Grand, visited the former Bispham Nurse Led Rehabilitation Unit – now called Spiral – which became one of the first to become a fully fledged social enterprise at the start of the month.

They told staff they were very impressed by the facility.

Mr le Grand, who is chairman of Mutuals Taskforce, the body which oversees social enterprise developments in the public sector, said: “We found our visit to Spiral quite inspiring – and we are very much looking forward to our next one.

“With its processes for staff involvement and engagement, Spiral is a real pioneer, and one I am convinced is going to serve as a model for others to emulate.

“We were really impressed by the friendly and professional atmosphere, by the obvious care and attention the staff were devoting to their patients, and by the quality of the facilities.”

Tracey Bush, Spiral’s manager director, said: “The cabinet office has been very supportive of the move to social enterprise for Spiral Health and we were delighted to see them visit the Bispham unit.

“They spent time looking round the Nurse Led Therapy Unit and then met with various staff to discuss the strategic direction for the organisation and also how we have ensured the involvement and engagement of the staff.

“It was an excellent visit and we are delighted with the feedback we have received.”

The Bispham unit was one of the first NHS facilities in the country to take up the challenge to be a public sector social enterprise, alongside other organisations such as Havering’s Youth and Library Services and Stockport’s Further Education College.

These projects are now running services formerly operated by local or central government or public sector, often through charitably minded community concerns.

Spiral Health operates as a Community Interest Company (CIC), subject to the same discipline and rigour as all other limited companies.