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Dr Joanne Thomas. What makes a good application? RIF event – 29 July 2010. Overview. Criteria Key elements Common pitfalls and tips for success Round 4 and post-award. Criteria. Criteria (1) - recommendations. Criteria (2) - QIPP. Quality:

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dr joanne thomas

Dr Joanne Thomas

What makes a good application?

RIF event – 29 July 2010

overview
Overview
  • Criteria
  • Key elements
  • Common pitfalls and tips for success
  • Round 4 and post-award
criteria 2 qipp
Criteria (2) - QIPP
  • Quality:
    • Safety, patient experience, patient outcomes, social value, sustainable communities
  • Innovation:
    • New ways, evidence/plausible, scope
  • Productivity:
    • Increase productivity/effectiveness, cash released
  • Prevention:
    • Impact on healthy life/independence
criteria 3
Criteria (3)
  • Working across boundaries e.g.
    • Primary and secondary care
    • Primary care and education
    • Health and social care
    • Acute and mental health providers
  • Total funding available
  • Executive Director sign-off
people
People
  • Key people from each organisation involved
  • Rights skills
  • Knowledge
  • Commitment
  • Stakeholders
the innovation
The innovation
  • What is it?
  • How does it work?
  • Where does it come from?
    • totally new
    • modification
    • adoption
  • What are the likely benefits?
evaluation
Evaluation
  • What measures will demonstrate effect
  • Baseline
  • How will data be collected and analysed
  • Who will do it
  • Pure research excluded
sustainability and transferability
Sustainability and transferability
  • Consider sustainability post-funding:
    • Resources
    • Personnel
  • Provide evidence of transferability and scalability:
    • NHS North West wants innovation spread
    • Consider dissemination options
costing
Costing
  • Liaise with your finance department
  • Contact them early
  • Include VAT
  • Include on-costs
  • Consider financial year
common pitfalls
Common pitfalls
  • Not read guidance
  • Not answered all questions
  • Excluded: e.g. research, product development
  • Didn’t fit award criteria
  • Too long (2+ years)
  • Unclear proposal
  • Funding exceeds maximum available
  • Funding required unspecified
  • Applicant provides supporting statement
top tips
Top tips

Read the guidance

Make the sound bite clear and memorable

Answer all the questions

Explain acronyms

Use numbers to support your claims (e.g. no. patients, potential cost-savings)

Remember that judges are not necessarily experts in your area

Provide background information

writing
Writing
  • Sell the problem – why is the issue so important?
  • Keep names/words consistent
  • Short sentences
  • Short paragraphs
  • Front load text with key info
  • Message consistent
judging
Judging

“They will read the applications in this massive bundle in snatched minutes of spare time, in their offices, in their laboratories, during boring meetings, on trains, buses and planes, in taxis, in bathrooms, in hotel dining rooms.”

The grant-writer's toolkit - Andrew Derrington (21 January 2010)

round 4 details
Round 4 details
  • No enabling change awards (up to £250k)
  • Previous award winners can only apply for an innovation in a different area
  • Funding available
    • ~£105k innovation sharing
    • ~£213k innovation bursary
if successful
If successful…
  • Get letter from NHS North West
  • Paid via PCT allocations
  • Monitoring of progress and outcomes by TrusTECH :
    • Start
    • About 6 months
    • End
summary
Summary
  • Meet the criteria
  • Follow the guidance
  • Make the proposal clear
  • Remember it is a competition