The Brad­ford Dis­trict and Craven Health and Care Part­ner­ship has offered the local VCSE £1.2 mil­lion over 12 months to spend on devel­op­ing 3 lead Well­be­ing Hubs, and 3 Mini-Hubs, across the dis­trict. This fund­ing comes from NHS E/I (England/Improvement), and is specif­i­cal­ly tar­get­ed at reduc­ing Win­ter Pres­sures on Acute Care Services.

The loca­tion of these Hubs has been decid­ed based on Urgent Care, First Response and Men­tal Health data, and will be based in:

  • Keigh­ley — Lead Hub
  • BTHFT — Lead Hub
  • Brad­ford East — Lead Hub
  • Man­ning­ham — Mini-Hub
  • Ship­ley — Mini-Hub
  • Tong — Mini-Hub

The hubs must do the following:

  • Pro­vide a wide open door for peo­ple in those local­i­ties to access ser­vices which meet their imme­di­ate health and social needs.
  • Pro­vide evi­dence-based inter­ven­tions, deliv­ered by exist­ing com­mis­sioned providers such as Men­tal Health, Alco­hol, Domes­tic Vio­lence, Car­ers’ Sup­port, Phys­i­cal Health and Wel­fare Ben­e­fits Advice.
  • Work close­ly with­in the sys­tem to devel­op a seam­less refer­ral sys­tem from all health and care providers and a robust mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion sys­tem from the beginning.
  • Pro­vide staff to join the dots across all com­mu­ni­ty ser­vices includ­ing those pro­vid­ed by the Local Author­i­ty, Health, the Men­tal Health Trans­for­ma­tion work and the local Pri­ma­ry Care Net­works (PCNs).
  • Link close­ly with the Acute Trusts, Mul­ti­ple Agency Sup­port Team (MAST), and the Re-enable­ment Co-ordi­na­tors, to pro­vide sup­port for those on dis­charge path­ways from the hos­pi­tals, and those who can be sign­post­ed safe­ly from the Emer­gency Departments.

This fund­ing will allow us to devel­op two proof of concepts:

  • A com­mu­ni­ty embed­ded approach
  • A diver­sion-focused approach from Acute Care which will allow quick redi­rec­tions of appro­pri­ate peo­ple from the Emer­gency Depart­ments straight into a VCSE co-ordi­nat­ed ser­vice, which should be able to meet their social and non-clin­i­cal needs. This will allow spe­cif­ic links to be devel­oped with Core 24, Men­tal Health Ser­vices and MAST.

In order to max­imise the spread of invest­ment across the VCSE Sec­tor, and cre­ate clear bound­aries with­in the part­ner­ship, the pro­pos­al has been split into 7 Lots.

It is vital that these ser­vices will need to be imple­ment­ed as quick­ly as pos­si­ble, and at the lat­est by 31st March 2022.

The Expres­sion of Inter­est doc­u­ments below are for inter­est­ed organ­i­sa­tions to iden­ti­fy them­selves, and state their suit­abil­i­ty for the par­tic­u­lar ele­ment of the service. 

To be con­sid­ered for this ser­vice, the respec­tive Expres­sion of Inter­est doc­u­ment must be com­plet­ed and returned to by 4pm on Fri­day 4th Feb­ru­ary 2022.

An inde­pen­dent Deci­sion-Mak­ing Pan­el will con­sid­er all the Expres­sions of Inter­est, and will decide which appli­cant organ­i­sa­tions are the most appro­pri­ate to deliv­er that ele­ment of the Service.

To apply to join the Expres­sion of Inter­est Deci­sion-Mak­ing Pan­el, please com­plete this online form by 4pm on Fri­day 4th Feb­ru­ary 2022:

If you have any ques­tions about this oppor­tu­ni­ty, please email Ker­rie-lee Barr (Head of Oper­a­tions) via, who will arrange to respond to your query. 

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