Delivering Devolution – The Role of New Public Service Delivery Models

12 October 2016 – Spaceport, Manchester

This complimentary event will explore how commissioners and providers can work together to implement the devolution agenda in areas such as health, social care and children’s services. The prize is significant: more locally tailored, joined-up and effective services. The challenge is how to deliver on this promise in practice.

Designed for leaders, commissioners and providers in public services, this event will explore a range of questions including:

  • What delivery models are suitable for devolution, what opportunities do these bring and what lessons can we draw from their use to date?
  • How will the integration of health and social care work in practice?
  • How can redesigning services improve outcomes – examples from children’s services
  • How can VCSE organisations respond to new commissioning structures to deliver at scale?

Speakers will include:

  • Hazel Blears, Chair – Social Investment Business; Chair – Institute for Dementia, Salford University; MP for Salford 1997- 2015; Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 2007 – 2009
  • Warren Heppolette – Strategic Director, Health and Social Care Integration – Greater Manchester CCGs, Local Authorities & NHS England
  • Scott Darraugh – CEO, Social adVentures
  • Rachel Law – CEO, PossAbilities
  • Nick Temple – Deputy CEO, Social Enterprise UK
  • Andrew Laird – Founder and Director – Mutual Ventures


RSVP through our Eventbrite page:

Timing: 12 October, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Venue: Spaceport, 24/26 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1DZ

Enquiries:, 0203 714 3900

This is a complimentary event. Places are limited.


 Social adVentures is a wellbeing social enterprise specialising in public health and social care contracts that run alongside social businesses – such as garden centres, community cafes and, childcare nurseries. We ‘spun out of NHS Salford’ to become one of the country’s first public service mutuals in 2011. Since then we have increased our turnover by four times, increased employee numbers from ten to 40 and we now offer 3 times as many services to over 1000 local members.

Mutual Ventures is a specialist advisory firm who support the creation of new and innovative models across public services. Increasingly, this is in response to the challenges of devolution and integration. We support our clients to become public service entrepreneurs – combining a strong public service ethos with commercial discipline to create organisations that have the right systems and culture, empower staff to innovate and deliver high quality services.  Our experience supporting over one hundred organisations to explore or implement alternative delivery models for public services gives us an unparalleled depth of understanding in this area.