Digital Health Partnership Award

Supporting people at home

The Digital Health Partnership Award has been created to help NHS organisations in England to bid for funding to accelerate the adoption of digital health technologies to support patients with long term conditions.

The award will focus on how digital products and services can support people to remotely monitor their health at home or in the community. NHS organisations will be able to bid for funding to accelerate ready to scale digital health technologies.

The award opens for application bids on 1 July 2021 when the application form will be made available for interested NHS organisations in England. All completed application bids need to be with the partnership award team by the deadline, 5 August 2021.

Each application bid will need to demonstrate:

  • how the technology will be used
  • how the technology will be implemented and adopted by patients
  • what value each supporting partner will bring
  • how supporting partners can help accelerate the delivery

Get involved and submit your bid

The submission form to enter your bid for a Digital Health Partnership Award is available as a document that you can download and complete (ODT, 83KB).

Once completed all forms must be returned by email to partnershipsaward@nhsx.nhs.uk before 5 August 2021.

Please ensure you have read the guidance criteria below to help you prepare for your application bid.

Guidance to support bids

Information for NHS organisations

The Digital Health Partnership Award for supporting people at home will be run across two phases in 2021 to 2022. Both phases will look to scale digital products and services that support people remotely to monitor their health and care.

Application bids will need to identify how they will deliver the opportunity at pace, with clear and sustainable outcomes and how each industry partner involved adds value to the bid.

The award will support technologies across the spectrum of development, from novel deployment through to scaling proven technology. Phase one will open in July 2021 with phase two planned for late 2021.

Application bids must be submitted by an NHS organisation in England, identifying the technology, partnership stakeholders and opportunity the bids seek to support.

All winning application bids will need to meet existing standards fulfil the prerequisites, for example, the adherence of all technology to the Digital Technology Assessment Criteria (DTAC) and deliver evidence to validate the success and shared learning opportunities for future scaling opportunities.

Funding approach

There will be three categories of funding:

  • Projects requiring support of up to £100,000.
  • Projects requiring support of up to £250,000.
  • Projects requiring support of up to £500,000.

All bids will need to ensure that there is a blended approach to funding. Each bid will need to demonstrate:

  • how the funds secured through the award will be used
  • clear evidence of value and funding matched or supported by the host organisation
  • the expected impact on the cohort of patients targeted
  • the purpose and value that selected partnerships will provide with a clear benefits impact assessment
  • how the proposed funding will be allocated. For example, funds can be allocated to include hiring or extending existing resources to deliver change, implementation or delivery, any supporting technology required including kit and licenses or partnership development with stakeholders as outlined below
Scope of funding

NHS organisations will be able to bid for funding to support ready to deploy projects to accelerate the use of proven digital health technologies.

Organisations are welcome to demonstrate how their bid can work across an individual area or encompass more than one area, for example:

  • optimisation of care pathways, to scale existing services that support patients at home, in a care home or closer to home with digital tools, to reach many more patients
  • patient-centred data exchange, data connectivity challenges where the solution will improve the interoperability of siloed solutions improving the long term sustainable exchange of patient data for safe clinical care
  • self-management and prevention advice, integration of devices to improve the time in therapeutic range and the user experience for patients managing long term conditions
  • system efficiencies, digital solutions to support workforce management resources and capacity in remote care

What’s not in scope

NHS organisations will not be able to bid for funding for:

  • short-term adoption of digital health technologies
  • siloed approaches to interoperability and data
  • support to deliver of an already funded programme of work
Bid evaluation

All bids will be assessed through an open and transparent process with an independent panel of healthcare professionals, alongside NHSX and NHS England and NHS Improvement senior stakeholders.

Types of partnerships and their benefits

A key component of the bid will be demonstrating how local, regional or national partnerships will deliver the rapid scale, deployment and uptake of the solution.

Partners can include, but are not limited to, other health and care organisations, higher education institutions, charities and not-for-profit, local authorities and commercial organisations.

Bids will need to demonstrate how they will use a combination of partners across three key areas critical to scaling digital health technology.

  1. Scaling through leveraging technology partners.
  2. Patient activation and adoption.
  3. Outcomes, benefits and evidence of impact realisation and reporting.

The inclusion of other partnerships are actively encouraged from delivery support and project communications, to data aggregation for population health research.

Each bid will need to detail the objectives of working with the partner detailing the value (monetary or non-monetary) and outcomes that will be delivered from each supporting partner.

All bids will need to clearly identify expected cumulative benefits alongside how they will support delivery of these. This should include identification of measurable outcomes, for example process, balancing and outcome and how they will rapidly test and iterate their approach to achieve these.

Measurement of outcomes and evaluation of impact will be expected to add to the evidence base for further scale.

Eligibility

The Digital Health Partnership Award for supporting people at home is currently only available to NHS organisations in England.

Principally as minimum eligibility criteria, applicants must be able to:

  • demonstrate productivity impact, effectiveness and sustainability of investment
  • highlight if the project has been in receipt of previous national funding for similar initiatives
  • have a clear and coherent delivery plan for maximising the opportunity presented
  • demonstrate local digital capability and sponsorship
  • demonstrate financial sustainability to continue the work post 2021 to 2022
  • ensure proposals will be objectively assessed against an application criteria, based upon the value of the project, organisation capability and project readiness
  • ensure proposals are succinct, evidence based, and meet the priorities outlined in this guidance
  • ensure proposals are ready to demonstrate implementation within three months of award funding being confirmed
Requirements

In addition to the core criteria set out in the application process with the key focus being on sustainability, all bids for digital health technologies supported through the award will need to:

  • demonstrate compliance with the DTAC and have the required medical device classification
  • provide evidence of impact, efficacy and value
  • indicate the cohort of patients they are looking to support
  • demonstrate how the funds will be spent, and how this aligns with local ICS strategy
  • demonstrate that the proposed programme of work can be scaled and implemented within a maximum of three months from award funding
  • identify how they will be aligning quality improvement thinking into their programme of work including evidence of involvement of local improvement teams
  • demonstrate how their data will be shared and made available for review and sharing with relevant clinical teams as required
Timelines

All applicants will need to ensure that submissions are registered for consideration in line with the deadline dates set out below.

July 2021

  • Award opens for applications

August 2021

  • Deadline for applications
  • Feedback for all applications
  • Shortlist confirmation

September 2021

  • Scheduled presentations for short-listed applications
  • Award confirmation

Phase two will launch in late 2021.