Consultancy support for the development of a Health and Social Care Sustainability Research Centre

This invitation to tender is now closed.

  • We are seeking a supplier to help us scope and present options for the precise role of, and the commissioning and running of, the proposed Health and Social Care Sustainability Research Centre the Health Foundation announced in September 2018.
  • We anticipate bids up to a maximum of £100,000 (inclusive of VAT and expenses).
  • Deadline for responses is 17.00 on Wednesday 12 December.

The Health Foundation is an independent endowed foundation whose mission is to improve health and health care in the UK. In doing so it carries out a range of activities such as policy analysis and quantitative research, including on the financial sustainability of the health and social care sector.

The Health Foundation is now seeking to advance its contribution in this area by developing a Sustainability Research Centre (SRC). Announced in September 2018, the SRC will consolidate our existing work in economics and workforce issues into a new specialist unit within the Foundation. This unit will work with a network of external academic partners – sustainability research units - on these issues across all four countries of the UK. It will produce independent projections and research and analysis, both strongly rooted in robust quantitative modelling, to help ensure the long-term financial and workforce sustainability of health and social care in the UK.

We are looking for consultancy support in three key areas:

  • Environment and context – helping us map and understand the landscape the proposed SRC will be entering.
  • Delivery – scoping and presenting different delivery options for the SRC, including advantages and disadvantages of different approaches.
  • Research methods and content – helping us outline the potential scope of the SRC in terms of outputs.

The provider will be appointed in January 2019, to start work later that month. We expect the activity to take place between January 2019 and May 2019, with a final report in May 2019.

How to apply

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please go through the following steps to complete your application.

1. Important supporting information

All applicants must read the Invitation to Tender in full before completing the online application form.

2. The application form

All applications must be completed and submitted via our online system AIMS.

You need to first register on AIMS before you can complete the online application form. It is important that you register as your organisation rather than as an individual. Please include the contact details for the person you wish to be the primary contact for your application.

Full guidance on accessing, completing and submitting your application via AIMS can be found in the Applicants user guide. We recommend that you keep a copy of this manual to hand to refer to while you complete your application.

3. Deadlines

The deadline for online applications is 17.00 on Wednesday 12 December 2018. We will not accept late submissions.

Shortlisted organisations will need to be available to attend an interview on Monday 14 January 2019 at the Health Foundation, 90 Long Acre, London WC2E 9RA.

Please note: If you have any queries about the programme or application process, email

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