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Fast-Track Cities London Improvement Fund

On Wednesday 2 October Fast-Track Cities London launched the £3 million improvement fund as a first key step on the London Fast-Track Cities roadmap, which will support our city in getting to zero HIV.

The London Fast-Track Cities roadmap shows all the steps the partners must take on the journey to zero for London, which will include system leadership, advocacy, collaborative delivery and communications and engagement.

The documents to apply for the funds are on the bottom of this page. Please read through the frequently asked questions and look at the event presentations before applying or asking further questions.

Engagement event presentations – Wednesday 2 October

Improvement Fund Engagement Event Full Presentation 02 Oct

Improvement Fund HIV Data Refresher 2018 Presentation 2 Oct

 

Webinar Thursday 31 October 2019

On Thursday 31 October 2019, we ran a webinar session for people who missed the improvement fund engagement event. This gave people the chance to ask questions which they felt hadn’t been addressed to date.

To watch a full version of the recorded session please click here.

 

Frequently asked questions about the Improvement Fund

Below are a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) we have had already about the improvement fund, following our event on Wednesday 2 October. We’ve also attached an additional pdf document at the bottom of this page.

Bidders may ask any questions not covered in the FAQs by emailing hlp.londonftci@nhs.net. We will collate all questions and answers and publish them weekly from Friday 24 October. We will respond to questions up until Friday 29 November.

 

What is the Fast-Track Cities Improvement Fund?

£3 million has been identified over the next three years (£1 million per year) to fund improvement projects, which focus on achieving some of the specific aims of the London Fast-Track Cities Roadmap.

The London Fast-Track Cities Leadership Group is inviting improvement project bids from across the system which will help us achieve the aims of the roadmap.

Who can bid?

The role of the improvement fund is to compliment the work already taking place by the voluntary and statutory sector and make the best use of the knowledge and experience of providers already delivering services.

The fund is open to all organisations, or combinations of organisations, which deliver HIV services in London. However, the lead bidder must be a voluntary sector organisation.

Bids are encouraged from multiple organisations, including statutory organisations, where there is evidence that partnership working will deliver high impact and high value outcomes, which contribute to achieving the specific aims of the London Fast-Track Cities Roadmap.

Bids must also be for work which is not already funded or is the specific responsibility of statutory organisations.

What should the improvement project bids focus on?

Bids for funding will need to demonstrate that they contribute to the overall aims of Fast-Track Cities. This means that they must support efforts to reach those living with HIV, who are undiagnosed and to maintain high treatment and care standards.

In particular we are looking for bids which focus on:

• Early diagnosis and testing: reducing new, late and undiagnosed HIV infections
• Supporting long term virological suppression and re-engaging those lost to care
• Improving integration and personalisation of services: helping people with HIV to live well and experience seamless care and pathways between primary, secondary and community care
• Reaching underserved populations: the cohorts of Londoners where current significant health inequalities exist

The assessment panel will be looking to finish with a balance of these priorities through the programme.

How long can the bids be for?

Bids may be made for between one and three years, although we will review all projects on at least a yearly basis. We may look to alter projects to better fit the overall aims as we progress.

How much can I bid for?

We are not proposing a specific limit for bids although clearly if you put in a single bid for the entire £1m per year it is unlikely to be successful. We will however consider multi-level bids where for example one bidder may say that for £50k they could do x and for £80k they could do x plus y. We believe this will be helpful in ensuring we spend the full £1m per year.

What happens if we are successful?

Critically, these bids are not grants, we will be awarding organisations allocations with a clear expectation that each project signs up to be part of a collection of projects constituting a Quality Improvement Community. This community will be working together to measure and alter the impact of projects for the benefit of the HIV community as a whole. We will be asking all bidders to commit to being part of the Quality Improvement (QI) Community, including attending QI sessions throughout the period.

What Quality Improvement support will I receive?

All improvement projects will receive Quality Improvement training and support. There is no need for the bids to have any prior knowledge of QI approaches or methodologies, as full training will be provided.

QI is an approach which increases our knowledge of ‘what works’ through data and experimentation. It ensures that improvement projects engage with and listen to staff and patients.

How will be bids be procured?

The bids will be commissioned under the ‘competitive dialogue’ procurement process, which will be administered by North East London Commissioning Support Unit’s procurement department, working on behalf of Healthy London Partnership. This allows for flexibility to look at ways to make changes to projects after the bidding process has been completed and as they progress.

Project changes might include expanding the scope to cover a greater geographical area, including additional partner organisations, or amending approaches as the project learns from experimentation.

The reason for running this process is twofold. Firstly, it is to ensure that we can allocate the full amount of money, £1m per year, to the programme. Secondly, it is to ensure that we have the right combination of projects to achieve our aims and allow the assessment panel to make informed judgments and influence how this will all work together as a single programme.

It is proposed that bids are approved in December before being worked up to go live as soon as possible in the New Year.

Who will assess the bids?

Bids will be assessed by a panel representing the Improvement Fund Sub-Group of the Fast-Track Cities London Leadership Group. We will aim to ensure the panel consists of members who are neutral and without any conflict of interest. We will include representation from the voluntary sector and clinicians, as well as patients whom do not have a specific conflict of interest in this process. The Fast-Track Cities London team are working to put this panel together.

How do I bid for funds?

The bidding process opened on Friday 18 October 2019 and closes on Thursday 12 December 2019.

The application form, obligatory undertakings form (where you register any conflicts of interest) and other related documentation are below.

Email hlp.londonftci@nhs.net if you would like to find out more.

Application form improvement fund

Obligatory undertakings form

Improvement Fund frequently asked questions 18/10/19

Clarification questions 05/11/19

Clarification questions 19/11/19

Clarification questions 27/11/19

Clarification questions 29/11/19

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