Social Value Charter for Cheshire and Merseyside Partnership

LTP Priority: Wider Social Impact: Health and the Environment

Population Intervention Triangle: Segments (link to Section 1 PHE PBA): Service, Community and Civic

Type of Interventions: Social Value Charter for Cheshire and Merseyside Partnership

Major driver of health inequalities in your area of work

Across Cheshire and Merseyside, we intend to create social value through focussing on the health outcomes derived from activities which are primarily targeted at improving Social, Environmental and Economic outcomes for local people and places, for example:

Mental Health

  • Almost half (47%) of adult residents in Cheshire and Warrington claiming Employment and Support Allowance, have mental and behavioural disorders. Whilst the proportion of residents who cannot work due to chronic illness in (17.6%) is lower than levels in the NW and the UK (22.3%), local research shows that over 70% of those reporting worklessness in the region also report some degree of limiting long term illness of disability including mental illness.
  • Journey First is a 3 year European Social Fund programme of 5.4m providing holistic training and employment support service for vulnerable young people and complex adults in Cheshire and Warrington. The Project will offer intensive 1-2-1 support to individuals through Employment Support Workers who will be co-located within existing multi agency teams across the three Local Authorities of Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East and Warrington. The multi agency teams focus on prevention, early intervention and de-escalation of a range of complex problems that prevent individuals from being able to focus on progression into training and employment.
  • The Liverpool City region (LCR),33% of the productivity gap with the city region and rest of England is due to ill health and reducing this health gap would generate an additional £3.2bn in UK GVA. The Combined Authority has secured £29.5 million from the European Social Fund and Youth Employment Initiative to deliver a WAYS TO WORK Programme which will be locally matched to create a total budget of £42 million to help young people and adults into training and work.
  • Around 6,800 people, aged over 16 years, will be supported into work or education/training over the next three years, across the Combined Authority region of Wirral, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Halton.
  •  The Ways to Work programme will work with 18,000 people to help them into work through additional advice, work placements and targeted training. There will also be initiatives to specifically support young people leaving care, and other vulnerable groups and people who are out of work with a health condition.

Target groups

  • Deprivation
  • Inclusion health group
  • Protected characteristic


  • Social Value Charter for Cheshire and Merseyside Partnership
  • Cheshire and Merseyside Social Value Accelerator Site


The implementation of the Social Value Act in the NHS can be patchy. While there are pockets of good practice there has been limited uptake and there are challenges of meaningfully putting it into practice and measuring and demonstrating impact. The concept of social value can be applied more widely than the Act by embedded it into ‘ways of working’ as business and usual and therefore further increasing impact. Social value type activity in the NHS aims to reduce health inequalities in the wider determinants of health.

The aim of the Cheshire and Merseyside Social Value Accelerator Site is to embed and maximise social value within the NHS. The Cheshire and Merseyside approach aims to embed Social Value across the whole commissioning cycle.  Key activities include:

  • Development of a Social Value Charter and supporting resources (Guidance, Tools and Templates)
  • Development of Social Value Champions and Network (across LAs, NHS Commissioners, NHS Providers, Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise Sector)
  • Increasing the use of Social Value measurement tools such as the National TOMS Framework and the Social Value Calculator

Social Value Portal: National TOMS Framework

Sustainable Development Unit: Social Value Calculator

  • Delivery of Social Value Training
  • Development of a Social Value Award/Kite Mark for Anchor Institutions (Business, Industry, LAs, CCGs, NHS Providers, Voluntary, Community, Faith, and Social Enterprise Organisations)


Acting to increase social value has clear potential to reduce avoidable health inequalities through improving economic, social and environmental wellbeing in the wider determinants of health, which is likely to improve population health.

Public Health England (2015) Local action on health inequalities: Using the Social Value Act to reduce health inequalities in England through action on the social determinants of health.