The Health Foundation has announced a new £2.1m programme for partnerships developing collaborative communities where people, families, health care professionals and researchers work together to improve health care.
The Common Ambition programme will support up to five ambitious teams across the UK to work towards a shared aim: to build sustainable change across health care through collaboration between those who use services and those who deliver them.
The programme is a major commitment to supporting people, families, health care professionals and researchers to work together to improve health care services. Support will be given to partnerships that can facilitate this type of collaboration by harnessing skills and knowledge from the community and the health system.
The Health Foundation will be inviting partnerships between the voluntary and community sector and the NHS to apply for this exciting funding opportunity in February 2020.
Successful partnerships will receive funding of between £300,000 and £500,000 for two to three years.
Funding is available to collaborations between providers of NHS services and voluntary or community sector organisations, such as charities or social enterprises. We also expect partnerships to be able to capture learning, measure impact and create links with local systems. Working with organisations such as universities, clinical commissioning groups, academic health science networks and local authorities could, therefore, strengthen the partnerships.
Partnership development events
Two events will be held to offer advice on how to apply for our Common Ambition programme and to support potential applicants to connect with partner organisations.
The events are important opportunities to find out whether an idea fits with the aims of the Common Ambition programme and to improve the quality of an application. It is recommend that potential applicants attend one of the events. However, the events are not a compulsory part of the application process. Register early as spaces are limited.
For those unable to attend either event, a webinar on 12 March 2020 will be held.
Please note that a single organisation from each partnership must lead the application process. However, the lead organisation does not have to be a provider of NHS services.