Integrated Care 24 (IC24) has been shortlisted in the UK Social Enterprise Awards, recognising it as one of the leading social enterprises in the country.

IC24, which provides NHS 111, Clinical Assessment Service as well as urgent primary care services across Kent, Sussex, Essex and Norfolk is a finalist in the Employee Engagement category.

IC24 has been shortlisted for the development of its ‘Quality Champions Programme’, which supports both clinical and non-clinical employees to learn and use quality improvement tools to improve the services we provide.

The next cohort begins in September, and will be in partnership with Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust in September.

Social enterprises are businesses which trade for a social or environmental purpose. There are 100,000 social enterprises in the UK contributing £60bn to the UK economy, each one being set up to tackle some of the biggest challenges we face from homelessness to climate change.

The UK Social Enterprise Awards run by Social Enterprise UK, the national membership body for social enterprises, recognise the nation’s most pioneering social enterprises. IC24 will be joining other shortlisted organisations at the awards ceremony held at London’s iconic Guildhall on 4 December.

Commenting on being shortlisted, Chief Executive Yvonne Taylor said: 'We are really pleased to be shortlisted in the UK Social Enterprise Awards for the second year running. We have already seen some of the great improvement projects that our staff have developed implemented into the workplace and it is really satisfying to see how engaged our people are in working to continually improve the service we offer our patients.'

Commenting on the Awards, Chief Executive of Social Enterprise UK Peter Holbrook said: 'Every year the standards of applications for the UK Social Enterprise Awards gets higher and higher. At a time when public confidence in business is at a low and when we are facing crises both political and environmental – this year’s shortlist shows how business can be used to build a better world.'