19th July 2016
Transformation Funding – FAQs
What is the Transformation Fund?
Our plans to improve the health outcomes of Greater Manchester have been backed by the announcement of £450m transformation funding from NHS England.
The aim of the Fund is to support solutions which deliver clinical and financial sustainability across GM and at locality level and improve the outcomes included in the Strategic Plan.
The £450m is to be split over the five year vision and will be used to fund projects or programmes that deliver transformation. The fund is not there to prop up organisational deficits. It can’t be to paper over the cracks of current service pressures.
Phasing of Funding is to be split over the next five years
The process to allocate the first £60m of transformation funding in 2016/17 has been open for business since 1st April and the aim is that all 10 localities will be supported to apply in 2016/17.
How do localities apply?
A robust Locality Plan is a pre-requisite for access to the Fund and Locality Plans must be supported by local authorities and all NHS stakeholders, as well as being signed up to by Health and Wellbeing Boards.
The Locality Plan and investment proposals which come from it will be seen as the first call on the Fund, although GM wide transformation proposals will also be required to support financial sustainability.
While there is room for innovation, the Fund will focus on transformation plans that we already identified in the Strategic Plan and are progressing with through Locality Plans.
How have bids been assessed?
All applications to the Fund will be subject to a rigorous independent evaluation. The initial transformation fund proposals going through this process were received on 15th June 2016.
The proposals received on this date were from Stockport, Salford, Tameside & Glossop and Manchester.
Each proposal has been assessed against the evaluation criteria agreed by the Strategic Partnership Board (SPB). This included reading the proposal forms and background documentation for all proposals and reviewing the 5 year finance and activity plans and Cost Benefit Analysis models.
What is the assessment criteria for bids?
The criteria for Transformation Funding have been set as follows.
Table 1: Criteria for the Transformation Fund
Deliver the GM vision
Enable transformational change
Secure value for money
Facilitate learning for others
How will Transformation Fund investments be monitored and assessed?
Monitoring systems will need to be put in place to evaluate progress against criteria. Robust investment agreements will be entered into to ensure delivery.
A process for supporting all Locality Plans and investment propositions to demonstrate how they achieve clinical and financial sustainability will be put in place in all localities and within the GM transformation programmes.