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Open call: Planned Care Innovation Programme

Do you have an idea that could make a difference to planned care services in Wales?

Funding and supporting planned care innovation projects from across Wales to develop, apply and test new ways of working to transform planned care services.

Apply by 15 February 2022.

Delivered by the Bevan Commission with funding from the Welsh Government.

Background and context

For the purpose of the Planned Care Innovation Programme, the term planned care is defined by the Welsh Government (2021) as: “Any treatment that doesn’t happen as an emergency and usually involves a prearranged appointment.”

Pressures from the Covid-19 pandemic have added to the challenges already facing the delivery of planned care services across Wales, which include a growing treatment backlog and increasing patient waiting times. This is placing significant strain on health and care services as a whole and is likely to have detrimental effects on population health and wellbeing in the long-term, if issues remain unresolved.

This highlights the need to rebalance capacity and demand for elective services across NHS Wales, suggesting an urgent requirement for significant transformational change both in the community and across health and social care systems. This will ensure the future quality and sustainability of planned care services and support their ability to positively impact upon the health and wellbeing of people in Wales.

This urgent need for transformation across the broad spectrum of planned care and other related services in Wales is recognised in the national policy arena and is a central aspect of both the Welsh Government’s Programme for Planned Care and NHS Wales Outpatients Strategy. The need for sustainable, collaborative and transformational change across the health and social care system as a whole is also recognised in the ambitions of ‘A Healthier Wales’, the Welsh Government’s long-term plan for health and social care.

Developing innovative and sustainable ways of working within and across community, primary, secondary and tertiary care services, as well as social care, local government and the third sector, will play a significant role in supporting the ambitions of The National Programme for Planned Care, The NHS Wales Outpatients Strategy and The Welsh Government’s A Healthier Wales Strategy.

Planned Care Innovation Programme

Responding to the challenges and opportunities presented, the Planned Care Innovation Programme, developed by the Bevan Commission in partnership with the Welsh Government and wider stakeholders, aims to support the urgent transformation of planned care services at local, regional and national levels.

The Planned Care Innovation Programme will fund and support innovative projects from across the spectrum of health and social care (including the voluntary sector and community groups) in Wales to develop, apply and test new ways of working, which (and/or):

  • Have potential to positively transform or impact planned care pathways in Wales;
  • Aim to reduce or alleviate the demand on planned care services in Wales.

Examples of potential PCIP projects might include interventions that:

  • Help to reduce the number of patients waiting longer year-on-year to be seen in secondary care.
  • Ensure those with the greatest need can access the planned care services they require first, such as older people in care homes with complex health and care needs.
  • Encourage clinicians to stop doing some of the procedures that are not benefitting patients, freeing up their time to focus on consistent, evidence-based practices.
  • Achieve health and wellbeing with the public and professionals as equal partners through co-production.
  • Reduce the demand for planned care services in primary care, community and social care settings.
  • Support the transformation of patient pathways and available treatment models to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care.

Planned Care Innovation Programme support

Alongside the opportunity to apply for project funding, the programme will provide successful applicants with a range of support and tools to develop their innovation projects. The programme will also provide access to a comprehensive package of knowledge and skills development opportunities, through a series of network events and workshops, based on the successful Bevan Exemplars programme model.

Additionally, participants will also be allocated a coach or mentor, who will support them throughout their journey on the Planned Care Innovation Programme.

Information briefings

To provide further information about the Planned Care Innovation Programme, the Bevan Commission are hosting an Information Briefing Session.

Who can apply?

Applications to the programme are invited from stakeholders across the broad spectrum of planned care services, including projects from primary, secondary and tertiary care domains, as well as community, social care and third sector organisations.

Non-NHS organisations submitting project applications will be required to demonstrate strong partnership approaches with NHS Wales Health Boards or Trusts within their application (please note we may ask for additional information on request of the panel).

Applications must also be supported by an NHS Executive Lead and Innovation Lead from an NHS Wales organisation, to ensure organisational support is forthcoming.

Application criteria

Applications aligning with the programme remit (to support projects which will positively transform/impact planned care pathways in Wales or reduce/alleviate the demand on planned care services in Wales), must also demonstrate the following:

The project is deliverable within the 12-month duration of the programme;

  • A prudent and innovative nature, with emphasis placed on how interventions will transform current practice;
  • Integrated approaches at local, regional and national levels and which promote cross-organisational, multi-disciplinary or multi-sectoral partnership;
  • Patient/service user-driven or informed approaches (where appropriate);
  • Potential and ambition for innovation projects to be upscaled, spread and adopted more broadly once interventions have been tested.

Project proposals are also required to align with the prudent healthcare principles, and one or more of the following programme sub-themes from the Welsh Government’s Programme for Planned Care and the NHS Wales Outpatients Strategy. The five themes that project applications must align with are set out below, with further information related to these five themes set out in the Programme Guidance Document:

  • Effective referrals;
  • Advice and guidance;
  • Treat accordingly;
  • Follow up prudently;
  • Measure what’s appropriate.

Funding guidance​

Projects will be able to apply for a share of the Welsh Government’s £1million Planned Care Innovation Programme funds to support project proposals. Further funding guidance is provided below and in the Programme Guidance Document.

  • Funding decisions will be made through the PCIP steering group, consistent with the criteria set out in the Programme Guidance Document.
  • Funding will be allocated in a proportionate manner according to project need, criteria and impact.
  • Funding will be allocated flexibly to include small, medium and larger funding streams.
  • Funding recipients will be required to submit quarterly reports on funding to the Bevan Commission.
  • Projects may also apply to be a part of the PCIP as non-funded participants.

Programme timeline

The Planned Care Innovation Programme will run from March 2022 until March 2023, with the key programme dates set out below:

Call for applications open: November 29 2021
Call for applications close: February 15 2022
Programme begins: March 2022
Programme concludes: March 2023
Programme showcase: July 2023​

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