EXCLUSIVE: NHS England invites diabetes funding bids

By Editor
13th December 2016
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EXCLUSIVE

An application process to access £44m to improve diabetes care has been opened by NHS England.

Funding is available for structured education, improving the achievement of the NICE recommended treatment targets, introducing new or expand multi-disciplinary footcare teams (MDFTs) as well as setting up or expanding diabetes inpatient specialist nursing services (DISNs). The deadline is January 18.

To support the implementation of the Five Year Forward View‘s vision of better health, better care and improved efficiency, NHS England has created a transformation fund for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

A total of £44m is available, an extra £4m than originally announced in the NHS England Operations and Contracting Guidance in September. 

The organisation has said the funding will “kick start, at scale, revolutions for diabetes treatment and prevention”. This single coordinated application process will support NHS England to make best possible value investment decision, the organisation said.

The website states: “Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) are central to this process and all bids should be explicitly linked to the relevant local STP plans. This process is open to any STP, although individual organisations or alliances may bid on behalf of an STP for this funding; submission of applications must be via STPs.”

The funding pot for structured education is £10m, a total of £17m is available for treatment targets and £8m each for both MDFTs and DISNs.

The diabetes interventions for which transformation funding are available include:

Improving uptake of structured education for people with diabetes

Improving the achievement of the NICE recommended treatment targets

New or expanded multi-disciplinary footcare teams (MDFTs)

New or expanded diabetes inpatient specialist nursing services (DISNs)

NHS England said bidders should contact the relevant national programme for further information.

Timeline

Date Action
December 12, 2016 Process launched and Call to Bid documents published
December 2016 Support provided to bidders through Webinar sessions for each programme / intervention.
January 18, 2017 Submissions deadline for bidders
February 2017 Investment Decision taken by NHS England Investment Committee
March 2017 Notification of investment decisions

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