Innovation Fund for children & young people’s Mental Health services

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Deadline – 15 January 2016

heeHealth Education England (HEE) has secured funding to support innovation in workforce transformation, development and training that is intended to improve outcomes for children and young people using mental health services. The fund is intended to encourage and reward innovation, and we expect to be assessing applications from a wide range of organisations whose work contributes to workforce transformation, education and training. We will be looking for ways in which projects contribute to the vision for children and young people’s mental health set out in Future in mind: Promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing  (Department of Health, 2015). Applications may also describe how local projects align with Local Transformation Plans

Who can apply?
Any organisation whose work contributes to the quality of mental health services provided for children and young people through workforce transformation, education and training will be eligible to apply for funding.
Applications are welcomed from collaboratives but need to be submitted by a lead organisation on behalf of others and approved by an Executive Director or equivalent. Any person involved in any aspect of the assessment and selection process for funding is eligible to apply for funding on behalf of any organisation with which they are connected in order to develop a project, but will not be able to participate in the assessment of that bid.

The innovation fund is only available to support a workforce transformation, education or training project that is outcome focused, will have a clearly identified positive impact on services for children and young people’s mental health and where the activity can be sustained with the use of existing resources and finances. It is also important to give an outline of any contribution being made from existing resources towards the project. Project applications must not include costs for staff backfill or for patient care activities (clinics etc.). All applications will be considered and the maximum amount of funding allocated to projects is £200K.

Continuing funding for existing projects may be considered. Funding may support current projects which have been positively evaluated and would deliver benefits more quickly or effectively with added funds. Project Leads may apply for further funding to help scale up and roll-out projects to a wider system.

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