RCGP Call for bids - programme evaluation
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has been commissioned by NHS England to accredit GP practices as 'veteran friendly'. Being accredited means that a practice can better identify and treat veterans, refer them, where appropriate, to dedicated NHS services. It also means that the NHS is better able to meet the health commitments of the Armed Forces Covenant, whereby the Armed Forces community, including veterans, should face no disadvantage in accessing health services and should receive priority care for military attributable conditions, subject to clinical need.
The Programme is now into its second year of three with a 6 month “pause” as a result of the ongoing COVID Epidemic. More than 800 Practices have been accredited across England. Details of the Programme (including accredited Practices) can be found at: Veteran friendly GP practices (rcgp.org.uk)
The Programme is part of NHS 10 years Plan[i] and has had positive comments by House of Commons Defence Committee[ii]. The Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report highlighted the programme[iii]. There is no doubt that ensuring that GPs have a good understanding of the needs of veterans is of national importance.
Veterans Friendly GP Practice Programme Evaluation
The Programme is in the second year (of 3) of this work and the RCGP needs to evaluate the work. The evaluation results will inform and pave the way for project improvement, give feedback on the work ensuring that opportunities can be used to good effect for the remaining time of the Programme. Of particular interest will be responses to the question, “what has been the impact to the Practice by being accredited as veteran friendly”? The results of the evaluation will be used for a critical reflection and will be published on the RCGP website.
Below is an estimated timetable for this programme:
08 February 2021
Deadline for bidders' questions
14:00, 16 February 2021
Closing time and date for bid submission
16:00, 26 February 2021
Interview shortlisted candidates
W/C: 8 March 2021
Preferred bidder notified
W/C: 15 March 2021
22 March 2021
Project start date
5 April 2021
31 July 2021
Interested suppliers should register their details using the below link. Once registered, they can log in and access ITT/RFQ ref T21-002 – Evaluation of the Veteran Friendly Accreditation Programme.