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Information Sharing Challenge Fund FAQs

How much funding was available?

The value of the Information Sharing Challenge Fund totalled approximately £2.2 million. The value of individual awards is likely to range between £25,000 and £99,000. The expectation is that the majority of the awards will be below £50,000. This value shall be determined on a case-by-case basis through a review of each project application. The actual number of projects funded will depend on the mix of the type of awards and the actual costs involved.

Is this the only time funding is available and is there a commitment to the programe?

There are no plans for future funding rounds at this stage. The ISCF is the only round of funding that is planned and approved. However, whilst the fund is due to close in March 2013, Interoperability is seen as a key initiative and is being supported and led by the NHS Commissioning Board Authority. The need for more effective information sharing was a key theme of the recently published Information Strategy and discussions on what are the future elements of the interoperability programme are already underway with the NHS Commissioning Board Authority.

 

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How will the value of individual awards be determined?

The value of an award will be derived from the proposed costs of interface development, and specifically any additional costs associated with developing, adopting and deploying an ITK capability.

Where could I find out if my project met the requirements for funding?

Information on the different award types are contained in the ISCF Prospectus.

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Could individual organisations be awarded funding for more than one project?

Yes, organisations can receive funding for multiple projects.  It is important to note that as with all of the projects, payments will only be made on the completion of the agreed milestone payment deliverables.  So for organisations that submitted multiple applications, the submission of multiple deliverables had to be considered when creating project plans.

What type of projects, or care settings, were eligible for funding through the ISCF?

These were included in the ISCF Prospectus on page 11 but included:

Clinical Correspondence, Maternity Forms (digital capture), Telehealth Personal Health Monitoring Reports, Health and Social Care, Admission Discharge and Transfer administrative information and Clinical Dashboards

How will payments be made to successful applicants?

Payments will be awarded through the completion of an agreed set of milestones.  These deliverables differ depending on the type of award the organisation has received funding for.  For further information on the milestone payment, please refer to schedule 2 of the Award Agreement.

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Who can apply for funding?

The Fund was open to NHS organisations in England, with the exception of strategic health authorities (SHAs) and primary care trusts (PCTs) due to limitations associated with the payment mechanisms. SHAs and PCTs had to approach an acute NHS trust/Foundation trust within their area to be the lead organisation on any applications they wished to make.

Successful applicants may utilise the funds provided to support other care providers, including social care, where they had appropriate financial arrangements in place, such as Section 75 agreements under the NHS Act 2006.

An eligible organisation could submit multiple applications, but each application had to be for a separate proposed project

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What are the ISCF Project Payment Deliverables?

Development Award Deliverables Adoption Award Deliverables Deployment Award Deliverables

ITK Specification

Not required when the specification is already developed by the ITK Team and is one of the supported themes

Not Required Not Required

Licence(s)

Not required when the specification is already developed by the ITK Team and is one of the supported themes

Not Required Not Required

1st Supplier Application Accreditation Certificate

Required to prove stability of candidate specification prior to release of wider adoption

Accreditation of Supplier Application Not Required
Meaningful Use Certification Meaningful Use Certification Meaningful Use Certification
 Case Study  Case Study  Case Study

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Does the funding cover Spine Mini Services?

Spine Mini Services Projects are not covered by the ISCF.

Which Version of ITK was eligible for funding?

ITK Release 1 capabilities was not eligible for funding with the exception of organisations seeking to uplift existing ITK Release 1 deployments to ITK 2.

How could NHS organisations apply and where could they find further information?

The Information Sharing Challenge Fund prospectus, supporting information and application form are available for download and can be accessed on the DH website. More information about the Interoperability Toolkit is available on the NHS CFH website or email toolkit.enquiries@nhs.net

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Who will review and approve applications?

Once your organisation's application has been received, it will be reviewed by an independent evaluation panel who will verify that it meets the set criteria. The final decision to enter into award agreements with trusts will be made by the Interoperability Investment Programme board. The board comprises members from the Department of Health's Informatics Directorate, the NHS Commissioning Board, representatives from the NHS – including clinicians - and the supplier community.

When was the deadline for applications?

Applications closed at 12 noon on 05 October 2012. Any applications received after this date will be returned to the sending NHS organisation.

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What happens if projects are not completed by 31 March 2013?

Payments are awarded through the completion of an agreed set of milestones, which will be agreed at the start of the project.  Those milestones that are not completed by 31st march 2013 will not be eligible for payment.

Does the funding cover 111 Services?

111 Services Projects are not covered by the ISCF.

If multiple Trusts are working on the same project do they each need to send in separate applications?

An eligible organisation could submit multiple applications, but each application had to be for a separate proposed project.

For a proposed project where there were multiple organisations involved, a lead applicant had to be nominated and an application submitted by that organisation only.  In cases where it became apparent that there were multiple separate applications for the same work, the Programme facilitated agreement between the applicants on their respective roles as part of the evaluation process.

Were any of the available themes preferred other the others?

There was no preference in the available themes, they are equal to apply for.

Is this the only time funding will be available and is there a commitment to the programme?

There are no plans for future funding rounds at this stage. The ISCF is the only round of funding that is planned and approved. However, whilst the fund is due to close in March 2013, Interoperability is seen as a key initiative and is being supported and led by the NHS Commissioning Board Authority. The need for more effective information sharing was a key theme of the recently published Information Strategy and discussions on what are the future elements of the interoperability programme are already underway with the NHS Commissioning Board Authority.

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