1. How many organisations are you looking to work with per area of practice e.g. peer support, self management education etc?
We are looking to work with one local partner site for each of the five areas of practice (e.g. one geographical site for peer support, another geographical site for self management education). The site will lead a community of interest. The local partner site can be a partnership of organisations. In this case, there would need to be a lead organisation for the purposes of being the responsible grant-holder. All local partner sites will also need to demonstrate strong and established cross-sector or partnership working and have a clear focus on one of our shortlisted approaches in a health and well-being context.
2. What do you mean by organisations working in an area of practice for ‘some time’?
We are looking to work with local partner sites with a mature and established practice. The exact definition of what can be defined as mature will vary between areas of practice and this will be taken into account in the assessment process. We are not prescribing a specific number of years of implementation (e.g. minimum of 3 years) or a minimum number of beneficiaries (e.g. working with 1,000 people with long term conditions). This is because any such requirements would be arbitrary and would risk excluding high quality practice. However, the programme is seeking local partner sites that have significant experience of delivering their chosen area of practice so that they have a richness of experience to share with others, established relationships that cross sectors and delivery at sufficient scale to generate data for the economic modelling process.
3. How big an impact is needed, i.e. services reaching how many people as a minimum?
As above - we are interested in working with local partner sites that are able to generate data for the economic modelling process. Therefore, as part of the assessment process, we will seek to work with sites that offer high quality delivery.
4. In terms of the capacity building support offered do you have ideas about the sort of things you would want to support local partner sites with or is it completely open? For example, could capacity building support include you helping with adapting group work materials so they could be used with different target groups?
We will work with local partner sites to develop a plan for the capacity building support as well as their work with consortium partners to shape programme resources. We are not prescriptive about the types of support on offer but are particularly interested in types of support deepening the understanding of an area of practice in a way that strengthens scaling plans. There is up to 3 days capacity building support per site.
5. We work across a large area and with different demographics - is that a problem?
This is not a problem - we are very interested in working with local partner sites that can offer a richness of experience and data. However, local partner sites would need to be able to specify the geography they are working within. If you are a national organisation that does not have a geographic focus but has lots of expertise working in one of the focus areas you would need to partner with an organisation/organisations working in a specific geography, in order to input to the data collection.
6. What is the best document to read to understand what you mean by each of the areas of practice?
A summary document of each of the areas of practice for the purposes of this call can be found on the call for applications page.
7. Are you looking for one central organisation per area of practice to engage other statutory organisations etc. locally? So that this becomes a central point for gathering information on behalf of Realising the Value?
We are looking to work with one local partner site per area of practice - however local partner sites can be made up of a partnership of organisations. As part of the application process, you will need to identify the lead organisation as the responsible grant-holder and the key members of staff that would be involved throughout the project period.
8. Where do I apply?
You can apply on our website on the call for applications page.
9. You say you are offering a grant of £20,000. Can you give an indication of how many days work you might expect for this grant?
This will to some extent be dependent on the make-up of partner sites. We are looking for sites that are willing to work intensively with the consortium partners to shape and refine tools and recommendations, share data and lead a community of interest. The grant is a contribution to the direct costs of being involved in the programme.
10. You say you use a broad definition of long term health conditions. Just how broad? Could partner sites be dealing with more general health using upstream interventions aimed at reducing or delaying long term health conditions?
We recognise that preventative approaches are important. However, for the purposes of our work with local partner sites, we are focusing on approaches in use with people with existing long-term conditions, as this is the focus specified by NHS England for this programme.Your work can have a broader focus than solely on long-term conditions but you would need to demonstrate that your approach is reaching people with long-term conditions and that you have access to the data to back it up. That said, the tools and resources from Realising the Value will apply to a broader prevention and public health agenda.
11. With regard to the eligibility criteria for applications to be a local partner site, how strictly will the requirement for applicants to be from commissioned services be adhered to?
We have a broad understanding of commissioning. The model of funding needs to be replicable in other areas. We wish to ensure that the NHS/statutory services have a commitment to the service. Commissioning in this context therefore means that CCGs, NHS providers, personal budget holders or local authorities have a demonstrable relationship with the service and have made a payment that directly or indirectly supports the work you do. We are interested in learning from local partner sites what has and hasn’t worked in the commissioning process. As part of your application, you will need to include details of a named budget holder contact(s) who supports your work.
Questions from our webinar on 6 October 2015
Our services are commissioned by a CCG for NHS Patients. We have independently decided to integrate Health Coaching within our Adult Services. The CCG has not specifically required us to deliver Health Coaching; although they are aware and supportive of the initiative. Can you confirm this is an appropriate situation on which to base an application?
Yes as long as you can show us that you have the support from a commissioner (see above for what we mean by a commissioner) for the work you do you should be eligible to apply. We appreciate that your services can be technically commissioned and paid for in multiple ways - as long as you can show us that a commissioner has made a payment that directly or indirectly supports the work you do you are eligible.
Can you tell us a bit more about the work of the behavioural insights team?
You can have a look at the team’s website for further information.
Can you please repeat what the toolkits that will be produced by the Behavioural Insights Team are?
The team will produce a set of innovative practical tools that support local implementation. By toolkits we essentially mean short, user-friendly written guides. They will give simple instructions that organisations can put into practice. They will not be too prescriptive, but will enable local areas to add them into and tailor them for their own context. For examples of a previous toolkit produced by the Behavioral Insights Team, please see the 'EAST’ toolkit.
We have worked in this area for 3 years but have only started to capture more detailed information for the last 6 months. Would we be eligible?
Yes as long as you have access to existing data on resource usage and costs (or can easily generate this data) you are eligible to apply.
Do you have any big practical risks/challenges that you think bidders are likely to face?
As we are working to tight timescales in the programme, it will be a potential challenge for local partner sites to resource their involvement in the programme shortly after finding out that they have been successful. This is why we are asking for details about who would be directly involved in working on the programme with us.
Whose intellectual property are the toolkits?
The toolkits will be freely available to use for non-commercial purposes.
Can you explain a little bit about the testing of tools on the ground? What scale would this need to be at? For instance, would we need to target a specific number of people to work with?
In the simplest terms by 'testing' we mean having discussions with practitioners and asking whether the content of the toolkits makes practical sense to them. That will happen at the start of our partnership together. Then over the next six months the Behavioural Insights Team will work with local partner sites to investigate whether any of the things suggested in the toolkits can be implemented easily into usual practice. In follow up, the team will seek to find out whether these have been positive additions to your usual practice. The learning from this will improve the final toolkits
In a dream scenario what would be your ideal outcomes?
The aim of the programme is to enable the health and care system to support people to have the knowledge, skills and confidence to play take an active role in managing their own health and to work with communities and their assets. Our ideal outcomes are to produce outputs that have a real impact across the system whilst simultaneously helping local partner sites to achieve real impact in their chosen focus area.
Are you happy to get bids from partnerships from orgs and local health care bodies?
Yes. As part of the application we ask for local partner sites to show us that they have established cross-organisational and multi-agency relationships in place that have been developed over some time. A formal partnership is not necessary, but would be one way of demonstrating this.
Can we contact you again whilst writing the bid?
Yes you can contact us via [email protected] should you have questions that are not covered in the FAQ.