1. Is this opportunity open to early stage ideas, that haven’t yet started delivering?
Yes, we are open to applications from both early stage and established practice sites. We are looking for organisations or partnerships based in England, who are passionate about their work and eager to grow their impact.
2. Can we apply if our consortium or partnership includes an NHS Vanguard, or is within an NHS Vanguard area?
Yes, local sites can be made up of a partnership of organisations, which could include an NHS Vanguard site or be contiguous with an NHS Vanguard geographical area. However, this programme is designed to complement existing national programmes such as the NHS England Vanguards, and is therefore not open to applications from NHS Vanguards.
3. Can you give some examples what you mean by ‘social movements in health’?
Social movements might include developing sustainable self-support systems which empower patients to make healthy life choices or peer support groups to encourage improved management of diabetes. These are simply a few examples. We are looking for programs that are creating social movements in health (as we currently understand them) in particularly novel and effective ways.
4. How many organisations are you looking to work with?
We are looking to work with 3 sites across England.
5. What geographical area are you looking for?
There is no restriction in terms of geography, other than your work is within England. And, we are open to working with sites of different sizes.
6. What are you looking for in an applicant or local site? We are looking for local partner sites which have:
- A strategic focus on mobilising and catalysing broader communities.
- A range of strong volunteering and collective schemes already in place and/or a culture of volunteering and activism.
- Momentum, and potentially achievements, around their objectives.
- High performance with capacity and capability to innovate, and give sufficient consistent attention to the programme. Capacity to engage between now and Summer 2016 is crucial.
- Enthusiasm and buy-in from relevant stakeholders. The site should be passionate about influencing social movements in health. Team is committed to collaborating with Nesta and The Behavioural Insights Team, willing to share their experience and co-produce plans.
- The work is in a locality in England. The types of organisations or partnerships we are looking for include local authorities, clinical commissioning groups, organisations from within the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector or those that work closely with this sector.
7. I’m not sure if we're “a social movement” but we are mobilising communities around health and well-being. Do we qualify?
Social movements are an approach to creating more resilient health systems and communities by shifting power and responsibility to patients and citizens, ultimately improving health and wellbeing and offloading the pressures on the NHS. If you feel that your initiative is directly touching upon one of these aims, we strongly encourage your application.