Social franchising offers a defined, not-for-profit method to replicate and scale proven interventions. Our franchise model supports NHS organisations to deliver our proven intervention to defined quality standards. The primary aim of a social franchise is to maximise social benefit, which is what distinguishes it from the commercial use of franchising methods.
Pathway’s social franchise approach aims to increase the adoption of the Pathway hospital team model nationally by making it as easy as possible for local NHS service providers to adopt the model. It also ensures Pathway's growing body knowledge and expertise can be made available across the NHS.
Pathway has extensive experience supporting hospitals to run the Pathway team model successfully. There are currently 10 Pathway teams in the UK, supporting over 3,500 patients every year. The first of these has been running since 2010.
Pathway’s model is a tried and tested intervention, with peer reviewed studies supporting its effectiveness. The comprehensive support Pathway offers franchisees ensures fidelity to this model.
Ongoing support from Pathway builds in long term stability, and protects teams from the impact of staff turnover. Support with recruitment, induction and training protects teams from losing the expertise of key staff.
Our support around data management, reporting outcomes and peer-led quality assessments enables continuous service improvement, and also builds the evidence base and credibility of the hospital team model
A third-party contract provides a safeguard against ‘mission drift’, and protects the integrity of the service model against competing hospital and commissioner pressures.
The Pathway franchise network, together with online manual and telephone support, fosters connections between teams. It enables them to share best practices and develop a collective movement to build momentum for wider systemic change.
Pathway have a national profile and can work with teams to lever additional resources and partners
Pathway’s previous experience is that many local areas require substantial support before a new hospital site is ready to host a Pathway team. Working with local commissioners and providers Pathway can provide a bespoke package of support through any necessary preliminary steps:
Engaging local stakeholders
Securing funding for a local needs assessment
Delivering a needs assessment
Building a business case
Securing funding for a hospital team
Designing a team and creating a service specification
Advising on procurement
Alongside a commitment to collaborating with Pathway, our main expectation of potential franchisees is that they share Pathway’s core values: generosity, kindness, compassion, and a fundamental commitment to improving health outcomes for the most vulnerable.
Following confirmation that a Pathway Hospital Team is needed and funding for the team has been secured, Pathway and the Franchisee will sign a franchise agreement for the provision of Service Start up and Ongoing support. The annual franchise fee is £20,000 each year for the first two years, and £15,000 per annum thereafter.
Local needs and circumstances determine the level of Service Development Support that is needed prior to a new team becoming established, such as the size of the hospital and the complexity of the needs assessment. There are variable fees for this area of support which can be agreed prior to Pathway commencing work. We can also support a local champion to apply for the funding to carry out a needs assessment, which may also cover our Service Development Support fee.
If you meet our franchisee profile and want to learn more about becoming a Pathway franchise, please contact us on the details below and we will be in touch to arrange a follow up call or meeting to discuss next steps.