£1m for enterprise
The Department of Health has made £1m available to budding social entrepreneurs in health and social care.
Under the social enterprise pathfinder scheme, GPs and others interested in setting up schemes will gain access to business and legal advice and training from the department.
In return, the department will share examples of best practice.
The £1m comes ahead of a larger social enterprise fund the department has pledged to establish next April.
Sue White, head of the department's social enterprise unit, said: 'We want to work with existing and emerging social enterprise organisations and commissioners to create and support a vibrant social enterprise sector.'
GP-led social enterprises – in which profits are ploughed back into the community – have already been set up in London and Avon.