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Right to Request applications

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Hints, tips and advice on how a Right to Request application was made.

The Right to Request enabled frontline primary care trust (PCT) staff to apply to their PCT board to deliver specific services through a social enterprise. Introduced in 2008, the Right to Request was open to all PCT frontline staff, and invited proposals to help transform local health and social care services.  

The Right to Request scheme closed for applications on 30 September 2010, in line with the requirement that PCTs separated commissioning and provision of community services by April 2011. A number of proposals from staff, over three waves of the Right to Request, are now live or working towards going live this year.

Following the successes of the Right to Request, the Department of Health launched the Right to Provide on 30th March 2011, to offer staff across the statutory health and social care sector the opportunity to apply for support in setting up employee-led organisations to run the services they already deliver and expand these.

Additional links

NHS Staff Passport (opens new window)

An online toolkit for staff in the NHS who are transferring from a job either within the NHS or from a job in the NHS to another organisation.

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Social entrepreneurs talk about 'Right to Request'

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