This invitation to tender is open for application until 12 October 2020.

  • We are seeking a supplier to support the delivery of our Common Ambition programme from December 2020 through to early 2024.
  • This innovative programme will support up to five projects which aim to build sustainable change across health care through collaboration between those who use services and those who deliver them.
  • We anticipate bids up to a maximum of £180,000 (inclusive of VAT and expenses).
  • The deadline for responses is midday on 12 October 2020.

About the Common Ambition programme

The Common Ambition programme aims to support the development of sustainable, collaborative initiatives that bring together members of the public, families, patients, carers and health care professionals to improve health care delivery in the UK.

The programme will support up to five partnerships across the UK. These partnerships will each receive funding of between £300,000 and £500,000 for two to three years. They will aim to make improvements to health care services which are driven by members of the public working collaboratively with health care professionals.

The Health Foundation believes that voluntary and community sector organisations are vital to this type of collaboration. Therefore, the funded partnerships will be between the NHS and voluntary and community sector organisations, such as charities and social enterprises. 

It is anticipated that the partnerships will start their projects between December 2020 and March 2021.

Support partner for the Common Ambition programme

We are seeking to appoint a supplier to act as a support partner and work with the Health Foundation and the selected partnerships to deliver the Common Ambition programme.

The support partner will collaborate with each partnership to understand their project delivery support needs (which could include project management, coaching, facilitation, leadership and organisational development) and their technical expertise needs (which could include co-production, quality improvement methodologies, diversity and inclusion, network development, information governance and legal matters).

The support partner will then co-produce a support model for each partnership, and work to deliver these support packages, working with additional suppliers where needed.

To deliver the support packages, the support partner will need expertise and practical experience in event design and delivery, co-production and public involvement in service improvement, coaching, and partnership working between the NHS and the voluntary and community sector.

Each partnership will conduct a local evaluation, and an independent evaluator will capture learning at a programme level. The support partner will work with the programme evaluator to deliver an evaluation workshop for each partnership, to be held between March and May 2021.

The support partner will also contribute to programme-level activity, including designing and delivering events, capturing learning, and developing a Common Ambition community.

The chosen supplier will have a strong understanding of approaches to improving health care, and the role that the public and communities can play in improving services. They will also be committed to diversity and inclusion, and will support the partnerships’ efforts to address health inequalities.

The successful supplier will be required to start working with the partnerships in December 2020 and to provide support for the programme until early 2024.

How to apply

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please follow the steps below 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. Information call

We will hold an information call on Friday 18 September. If you would like to attend, please register your interest to join on Eventbrite. Any questions related to the information call should be emailed to by 17.00 on Wednesday 16 September.

4. Deadlines

The deadline for online applications is midday (12.00) on Monday 12 October 2020. We will not accept proposals submitted after this time.

We intend to interview shortlisted bidders on 4 and 5 November to explore proposals in more depth. Please ensure you are available to be interviewed on these dates.

We expect to inform applicants of our final decision in the second week of November.

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

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