ITT: Exploring public attitudes and experiences of health inequalities

This invitation to tender is now closed.

We are seeking a provider who can design and run a public engagement exercise which will inform a national conversation about health inequalities in the UK.

We anticipate bids up to a maximum of £120,000 (inclusive of VAT and expenses).

Deadline for responses is 12.00 on Thursday 17 October 2019. 

The landmark Marmot Review: Fair Society, Healthy Lives was published in February 2010 and outlined the scale of health inequalities in the UK and the actions required to reduce them. The report highlighted the need to take action across the wider determinants of health and called for progress to be made on a clear set of policy objectives.

The Health Foundation are working with the Institute of Health Equity to examine how health inequalities have changed and what progress has been made on tacking the wider determinants of health since 2010. But to date, very little work has been done to understand public attitudes and experience of health inequalities. Policy makers have limited understanding of what the public thinks about health inequalities or the policies needed to address them.

We are tendering for a provider who can work with the Health Foundation to design and run an exercise to explore public attitudes and experiences of health inequalities. The purpose of this work is to:

  • explore what life is like for people in different circumstances across the socio-economic spectrum in order to build a better understanding of health inequalities
  • provide insight into how people understand health inequalities – in terms of how prevalent they are, their causes and implications
  • understand public views on the findings and proposed policy solutions of the Marmot Review: Ten Years On.

Full details of the specification and suggested methodology are detailed in the Invitation to Tender.

We expect the public facing outputs of this research to be developed in conjunction with a communications agency and the Health Foundation team. The provider will be expected to deliver internal facing reports as well as providing access to data and working collaboratively with both the communications agency and the Health Foundation.

The provider will be appointed in November 2019, to start work as soon as possible. We will require final reports by the end of April 2020.

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.

Applicants may also find it helpful to read our introduction to the social determinants of health.

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 12:00 on Thursday 17 October 2019. We will not accept late submissions.

Shortlisted organisations will need to be available to attend an interview on Tuesday 5 November or Wednesday 6 November 2019 at the Health Foundation, 8 Salisbury Square, London, EC4Y 8BB.


Contact details

If you have any queries about the programme or application process, please email


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