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Personalisation of social care and health: a co-operative solution

Fisher, Jenny, Rayner, Mary and Baines, Sue (2011) Personalisation of social care and health: a co-operative solution. Manchester Metropolitan University, Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Change.


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The research was undertaken by Manchester Metropolitan University as a placement with Co-operatives UK and Cobbetts, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council under a Business Engagement Opportunities project.The overall aim of the research was to explore and assess the opportunities for co-operatives and mutuals as service providers under personal budgets in social care and health. The research explored the experiences of co-operatives operating as social care providers and the implications for future policy and extension of the provider market within the context of personalisation. This research is based on in-depth interviews and field visits with two case studies, documentary research and a number of other relevant stakeholders. The interviews with Sunshine Care, Caring Support, and stakeholders took place between April and July 2010.

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