Applications welcomed for self-care programme in the East of England

Eastern Academic Health Science Network (Eastern AHSN) is proud to invite applications for three community projects that will introduce innovative tools and solutions to support people with long term conditions and to assist others to maintain healthy lifestyles. This is an excellent time to get involved, with Self Care Week taking place between 13-19 November.

Eastern AHSN are launching a call for participants to help us test and evaluate the right combination of professional support, digital technology and community support for local populations.

We are looking to work with organisations that can demonstrate the use of innovation in three cohorts:

  • New parents or grandparents – to help with the self-management of newborns and infants
  • First diagnosis – in both mental and physical conditions
  • Pre-retirement – to start a healthy retirement

There are a number of innovative solutions, measurement techniques and workforce solutions in each of the three cohorts and we are looking to test the combination in local areas.

The deadline for receiving proposals is 12:00 pm on 22 December. Selection will take place in early January with a selection panel to identify preferred bids, face to face meetings will be scheduled for the second two weeks in January. Final decisions will be made known in early February 2018.

There is a total allocation of £450,000 for all three projects, however each project will be judged on its merits and may receive an unequal share of the funding. Bids that offer additional funding, whether it be matched or not, will be considered favourably provided that they meet the expected outcomes.

The aim is to reach 250,000 people across the east of England and to increase the patient activation in 25,000 people.

Successful bidders will have as part of the process an engagement workshop to be held with all stakeholders to ensure clarity of objectives and these workshops will be the start of the detailed project planning.

In addition, there will be the ability to run local campaigns to support the community projects, and Eastern AHSN will also provide ad hoc project management support when the projects begin on 1 April 2018, until their completion on 31 March 2019.

This is an exceptional opportunity to make a substantial difference to three local communities.

If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Ormston at

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