Musculoskeletal funding

Funding has been created to support Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) who have an active interest in introducing or scaling up digital innovations within their musculoskeletal (MSK) pathway and have already done some thinking in this area.

Building on the recent launch of the MSK digital playbook, we are looking for a number of ICSs to join us on the ‘Digital Innovations for Musculoskeletal Health’ project. £1m worth of funding is available for ICSs to purchase and implement technology. Applicants can apply for up to £200,000.

Applications from interested ICSs can be submitted between 12 August to 17 September 2021.

Get involved and submit your application

The application form for the opportunity to receive MSK funding is available as a document that you can download and complete (ODT, 85 KB).

Once completed all forms must be returned by email to innovation.offers@nhsx.nhs.uk by 17 September 2021 and include "Musculoskeletal - Adoption Fund Application (insert your ICS name)" in the subject line.

If you have any queries prior to submission, please email innovation.offers@nhsx.nhs.uk and include the same process as above in the subject line.

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

Guidance to support applications

Prerequisites to applying for funding

Applications from ICSs who have an active interest in introducing or scaling up digital innovations within their musculoskeletal pathway and have already done some thinking in this area.

Funding available

A total of £1m worth of funding is available for ICSs to purchase and implement technology. ICSs can apply for up to £200,000 each.

The overarching vision of the Best MSK Health Collaborative Programme is to promote lifelong best MSK health across all communities supporting all to grow well, work well and age well.

This can be achieved through the sustainable delivery of evidence informed, personalised high quality healthcare of social, economic and environmental value to all.

This ambition aligns to the Long Term Plan in aiming to reduce low clinical value outpatient visits by 30% and also those of NHSX to digitise, connect and transform care, closer to home.

Expectations of the ICSs

Each ICS would be:

  • offered funding (up to £200,000) to purchase and implement technology
  • to measure benefits of the introduction of MSK health including, numbers of patients on new pathways, improvements in patient outcomes, reductions in outpatient appointments and reduction in patients listed for surgery
  • invited to join a community of digital innovators in MSK Health, to discuss and share your learning and resources online every 4 to 6 weeks (frequency to be agreed)
  • expected to produce a case study at the end of the project, share useful resources via FutureNHS and take part in show and tell events to share learning as appropriate.

ICSs will be required to have live pathways to work on and the internal resource, commitment and desire to implement technology by early 2022.

Application process

Applications to be submitted by ICSs need to show active engagement from your ICS partners, senior level buy-in and be willing to share your learning with others.

ICSs will have live pathways to work on and the internal resource, commitment and desire to implement technology by early 2022.

Scoring criteria

There are seven sections to complete, below is the scoring criteria.

Scoring criteria
Section % of total score Scoring criteria
Contact details 5% All required contact information is present. The project has a Senior Responsible Officer and Finance approver. A list of all participating organisations are given.
Funding requested 10% Funding request is within the limit. A breakdown of how the funding is to be used is provided. No requested funding items are out of scope.
Summary of proposal 20% It is clear what the project is wanting to do and why; there are clear benefits and an approach for evaluating these is offered; there is clear learning for others across the community.
Which outcomes will the proposal meet? 20% The project demonstrates clear alignment to regional / national priorities. It is clear the project considers a whole pathway redesign approach which aligns with national priorities.
The technology 15% The technology identified appears to solve a real-world problem in the MSK pathway. Funding requested / spent represents value for money. A clear plan for commissioning / procurement and evaluation is presented.
Sustainability; local priorities; governance and conditions of participation 20% Clear and robust governance arrangements are presented. Local relationships are in place OR there is a clear plan to engage with these organisations / people. All conditions for participation are met.
Risks,issues and mitigations 10% Key risks to delivery have been identified and mitigated.
Timescales

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

August 2021

  • Application process opens on 12 August

September 2021

  • Information webinars to be held on 7 September, 10-11 am - please email innovation.offers@nhsx.nhs.uk for more information
  • Application process closes on 17 September
  • Shortlisted applicants notified on 1 October 

October 2021

  • Final decision made and successful applicants informed on 8 October

March 2022

  • All funding spent
  • Case study produced (or in the process of of being drafted)