Bidding for work in the health and social care sector can be challenging. Even for larger organisations that have staff in-house bidding for them week in, week out. So how do you successfully search, prepare, write and win bids if you’re a lone manager already working flat out on other tasks and operational work? You could choose to rely on DKJ.
Writing winning bids has been our bread and butter for over 15 years. We live and breathe health and social care, so together, this expertise can help you understand – and us to ‘sell’ – your valuable offer and ultimately win the bid. And we’ve won hundreds of them for clients!
We have a lot of experience supporting health and social care teams with their bid management. Read about some of our projects below:
In early 2021, we were commissioned by a GP federation to provide bid management support for delivering cancer screening services. As part of this project, we were tasked with meeting with all of the team members who had worked on the original pilot service to understand what worked and didn’t work, how the service may be improved should the bid be successful and how this could be delivered to those communities who did not engage with cancer screening services. DKJ collated all of the feedback and working with the GP federation designed a service model which was included within the final bid which we wrote. The client was delighted with the feedback received from the team members and how this was incorporated into the final bid.
In 2020, we delivered full bid management on a range of services for a major GP collaborative bidding to deliver Integrated Urgent Care services across South West London. The collaborative were a nascent organisation and we were able to provide additional support on service design and compliance issues to ensure that the GP collaborative could quickly mobilise their services on the award of contract.
In December 2021, DKJ were commissioned to support a global digital healthcare company developing their bid to deliver digital Mental Health support platforms in South Yorkshire. We were commissioned based on our expertise, experience and proven track record in the healthcare sector and managed the full submission working across time zones between the west coast of the US and the UK.
The bid was successful and is the organisations first award in this area of specialism. Indeed, undertaking the bid was initially described as a learning exercise with the intention of introducing experience into the team for future bids with minimal expectations for success. As a result of this award, DKJ have subsequently supported one of the organisations subdivisions to access the NHS Insourcing framework and provide remote Consultant support to GPs and other professionals.
We recently supported a UK-based “Software as a Service” provider with a bid to develop and deliver a Telephone Advice & Guidance service to the North Central London CCG. The service required a digital solution to support Primary Care professionals, from GPs to paramedics, with specialist queries accessing direct support from NHS Consultants working either locally or nationally dependent on capacity and availability.
With a word count of over 30,000 as well as attachments, we implemented a robust project management approach to ensure Subject Matter Experts and wider support teams were accessed in a timely way to gather information proactively and begin response development as quickly as possible. Our approach ensured first drafts were available 2-weeks prior to deadline allowing significant time to undertake quality reviews and develop increasingly strong 2nd, 3rd and final drafts for the bid.
In 2019, we were commissioned to support a community pharmacy to bid for a new HIV service across the East of England.
As part of the project we provided a full bid management service and content development alongside development of the service model as this was a new service.
The bid management service included developing a bid plan, coordinating Subject Matter Experts, confirming that statutory and mandatory information was up to date and compliant and making sure key deadlines were met.
As the service was new, we project managed a series of service modelling workshops. During these sessions, we story boarded the end to end delivery of the service and articulated this within the tender so that the commissioners could understand in plain English the service they would receive.
This was a successful bid and the client are now delivering this service across the contract region stretching from Kings Lynn south to Cambridge and East to the Suffolk coast.
We have been recommissioned by the client for further bid management support.
DKJ Support Services are extremely professional in their approach. They have taken time to listen to our needs and responded very quickly, putting together a well-constructed and comprehensive funding bid. We have been so impressed with their work and will continue to use their services in the future