Driving Social Value – Who?

Clients from across the North West attended the workshop at Alder Hey Hospital to learn more about Social Value and its legacy.  Ice breakers, presentations and discussions were followed by a tour of the hospital.
During the Q&A session, one of the questions was “Who should own and drive the Social Value outputs for a project?”  To cut a long debate short, the answer agreed was The Client.  However, all involved in the project have an important role to play if outputs are to be maximised:
  • The Client- defines and articulates the outputs (then monitors throughout the project)
  • The Designers – incorporates into design, considering materials and construction methods
  • The Contractor (with supply chain) – delivers the outputs

All agreed that SV must be driven from the top down in the client organisation to be most effective and the earlier it’s put on the agenda, the better!
The session also showed how the NWCH’s kpis measure SV outputs and the online tool allows clients to see what is being delivered on their project(s) on a regular basis.  The standard SV kpis are:

  • Education
  • Apprentice Weeks
  • Community Activities
  • Employment Activities
  • Work Placements
  • Training Weeks
Clients heard a number of case studies with great examples of social value outputs delivered by some of the contractors on the NWCH frameworks, including:
  1. The timber frame company in Merseyside who were able to expand as a result of Liverpool City Council’s requirements around local supply chain.
  2. Lauren Murphy who was raising a memorial to her grandfather’s workplace (a coal pit), and ended up working for one of the contractors as Sustainability Advisor.


It was a well-attended session with some great feedback after the event.

“It was great to find out about the positive contribution that the NWCH can make to local communities through social value activities.  It has given me more ideas about how we can improve our contribution to communities in Cheshire as a result.”  Anita Gibbs, Head of Procurement and Contracts for Cheshire Constabulary

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