This invitation to tender is open for application until 8 April 2020.

  • In light of the current situation with Covid-19, we have now extended the window for applications. Please note that both the assessment and delivery phase may also be subject to delay. 
  • We are inviting proposals for work seeking to better understand the health and wellbeing of lower paid NHS staff.
  • This is an area of work under development at the Health Foundation. The project is intended to be introductory and exploratory. 
  • We anticipate bids from £20,000 to £30,000 (inclusive of VAT and expenses).
  • Deadline for responses: Wednesday 8 April 2020 at 17.00.

The Health Foundation is an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK. In doing so, it carries out a range of activities such as policy analysis and research, including on the Health and Wellbeing of the NHS workforce.

We are looking to focus our work on lower paid NHS staff, a group that our internal scoping  has identified as relatively less well studied, despite having higher sickness absence, being less likely to access interventions to improve health and wellbeing, and, according to internal analysis, more likely to have long-term health conditions, than higher paid staff. 

We are seeking proposals from individuals or teams who can demonstrate an ability to engage with our target staff group, and to synthesise learning from the interactions. We expect that the successful applicant will contextualise the engagement by reference to available literature and grey literature. Full details of the specification are detailed in the Invitation to Tender

The provider will be appointed in April 2020, to start work in April. We expect the activity to take place for the following four to six months.

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.

You can read our FAQ document for more information about eligibility and the scope of the ITT. 

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 8 April 2020. We will not accept late submissions.

Shortlisted organisations will need to be available for an interview on Tuesday 21 April 2020, at the Health Foundation, 8 Salisbury Square, London, EC4Y 8BB.

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

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