Engaging people - transforming participation in commissioning

To support the delivery of our engagement and experience work we launched the engaging people scheme in early 2017. Engaging people looked for partnership bids from local organisations that have experience in delivering successful community development and engagement services. It is a joint scheme across NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, Bradford Districts and Bradford City CCGs. 

We launched Engaging People as we know that good engagement is critical in making our plans for the future a success. These plans include those for new models of care, the Five Year Forward View and our Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). A key part of our STP is supporting service development through patient experience, engagement and empowerment. 

Engaging people means that our CCGs develop a partnership with local organisations to deliver our involvement, engagement and patient experience. It also means that we can offer a broad mix of engagement activities to ensure there is effective involvement of people across our community. 

The criteria for applications can be found in the grant proposal documentApplications for engaging people closed on the 3 March 2017. 


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1. Is the intended investment into this provision £175,000 per year for three years or is it £175k for the full three years?

The investment for the service is at £175,000 per year over a possible three years.

2. Is this opportunity open to practices?

We welcome applications from a range of organisations, from the voluntary and community sector including charities and social enterprises and from health organisations such as federations and GP practice groups. We are looking for a collaborative partnetship to deliver excellent engagement for the CCGs with the people of Bradford district and Craven.

3. Do we need to apply as a collaborative partnership? Does this need to be formal?

Yes, applications need to be on behalf of a collaborative partnership. This does not need to be formal and one organisation can nominate themselves as the lead applicant. We will expect to see a detailed desription of how each partner contributes and adds value to the partnership.

Any single applications will not qualify to be evaluated.

4. With regards to the small grants - is that to set up a small grant scheme, and if so where do the funds come from? Or is it for us to sign post people into current funding pots e.g. community chest?

The small grants aspect of the service will be to manage and deliver a process of small grants for services or projects. The specifications of the grants will be set by a CCG programme board or clinical board, and funding identified as part of that work-stream. The “Community Chest” grants are an example where our Primary Care Quality committee identify an annual funding pot that is made available for PPGs and practices working together with the VCS to apply for. Going forward, we would expect the successful applicant to support and manage this process. Sign-posting to current funding pots is not expected as part of this service.

5. Is a scoring template available for the bid, e.g. we would like to see how are the questions weighted?

Each question on the application is scored. Please see the scorecard template available here.

6. Can you clarify if the engagement is for community engagement or for CCG engagement?

We are seeking a provider to deliver our engagement including our statutory engagement as described in the brief.

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