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Reducing Health Inequalities by

Promoting Health & Wellbeing

in Westminster

Commissioning Specification

Westminster Primary Care Trust Voluntary Sector Grants Scheme


1. Project Description

Westminster Primary Care Trust invites Expressions of Interest for initiatives that
will reduce health inequalities by promoting health and wellbeing for residents of
Westminster (adults and children). The target areas reflect the Commissioning
Requirements set out in the Primary Care Trust’s Operational Plan and are
consistent with the priorities agreed by the Health and Care Network Board.

The initiative should achieve one or more of the following outcomes:

¾ Promote the self management of people with diabetes or coronary heart disease
¾ Promote physical activity
¾ Promote healthy eating
¾ Support people with lower level mental health needs
¾ Support people with long term conditions

2. Background

There are wide variations in the health of people living in Westminster. Working
together with partners, the Primary Care Trust aims to ensure excellent, flexible,
modern and dependable services that:

… Respond to the needs of our diverse local communities

… Promote health, social and environmental wellbeing
… Reduce the health inequalities faced by some of our communities
… Make effective and efficient use of our resources

The Primary Care Trust has developed an Action Plan to Reduce Health Inequalities
and is making available funding up to £150k in 2007-08 to the voluntary sector to
contribute to the achievement of that action plan.

3. Geographical/Target Group Focus

We are interested in hearing from any organisation that works with communities or
individuals in Westminster. We are willing to receive Expressions of Interest which
cover the whole City or which target specific communities or groups who experience
inequality of health or access to health.

4. Project Brief

We will expect the successful organisation to achieve one or more of the following

9 Delivery of information or service to a number of Westminster residents which

raises their awareness of the benefits of physical activity or healthy eating or
other activity which contributes to their wellbeing and gives them experience of
achieving an improvement in health or wellbeing

9 Increase in self-management or self-direction of people with a long term

condition (including diabetes or CHD) by increasing their capacity and

We are interested in receiving proposals from voluntary organisations outlining

the initiative they would undertake to deliver one or more of the outcomes.
Initiatives should be undertaken between November 2007 and March 2008 and it
is hoped that additional funding will be secured for initiatives to continue for the
financial year 2008/09.

Proposals should indicate how they can deliver within the timescale and show
how their proposal provides value for money.

We would expect bidders to have identified any other programmes going on in

Westminster which might cover similar ground or be linked to their proposal and
successful organisations will be required to work in partnership with other
statutory and voluntary organisations in Westminster who can provide them with
consultative advice or add value by working together.

Successful organisations will be required to collate and report on the number of

people accessing their information or service and supported through the funding.

5. Funding Available

Organisations are invited to apply for a portion of the overall grant available. No
proposal should be more than £15k except in exceptional circumstances
(bearing in mind that the funds need to be spent within a 5 month period. Project
outputs will be negotiated with the successful providers based on the funding that
they receive.

6. Responding to this Specification

Interested organisations are asked to complete an Expression of Interest form.

Informal enquiries can be made to:

Louise Maile
Westminster Primary Care Trust
15 Marylebone Road
London NW1 5JD
Tel: 020 7150 8292 Email:

Expressions of Interest should be emailed or posted to the above address.

7. Timetable

8th October 2007 Invitation for Expressions of Interest opens

26th October 2007 Final Deadline for Expressions of Interest to be sent to

Louise Maile

30th October 2007 Assessment of Expressions of Interest

31st October 2007 Successful organisations notified.

5th November 2007 Initiatives to commence

Expression of interest submission form

Reducing Health Inequalities by Promoting Health and Wellbeing in

Westminster Primary Care Trust Voluntary Sector Grant Scheme 2007/08
Please ensure that you have completed all the sections below and that you have provided
copies of your equal opportunities policy.

Organisation name:

Name of lead contact:





Signature of Chair or Lead Contact: ___________________________________

YOUR ORGANISATION - Please provide a brief description of your organisation and the
communities / individuals your work with, including the number of people your
organisation works with currently:
Expression of interest submission form

description of how you intend to deliver one or more of the outcomes detailed in the
commissioning specification. This can also include any other outcomes that you would
expect to achieve:

YOUR TRACK RECORD Please provide information around your track record of
engaging with communities in Westminster and details of the outcomes achieved. This
should include details of the specific target groups outlined in the commissioning
specification where possible.
Expression of interest submission form

FUNDING REQUIRED (up to £15,000) - Please provide a breakdown of funding

requested and how you plan to allocate it:

Thank you for your interest.

Please return this expression of interest by Friday 26th October 2007 to:
Louise Maile
Westminster PCT
15 Marylebone Road
London NW1 5JD


We are aware that this funding is being made available very late in the year, and apologise for
this. However, the funds currently being allocated will need to be spent within this financial
year, ie before the end of March 2008. It is hoped that additional funding will be secured for
2008-09 but at present this has not been confirmed. If you would wish your scheme to be
considered for extension into 2008-09, please tick the box below.

I would like this scheme to be considered for further funding in 2008-09