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Invitation to tender: Recruit and facilitate groups of children who have different experiences of healthcare services

The National Guideline Alliance (NGA) of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) is inviting contractors to respond to an invitation to tender. The work to be delivered under the terms of this tender will be to involve children and young people in developing a NICE guideline on babies, children and young people’s experience of healthcare.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has been asked by the Department of Health and Social Care in England to develop a guideline on Babies, children and young people’s experience of healthcare. The guideline will be developed by the NGA.

The guideline will be aimed at supporting practitioners providing NHS- or local authority-commissioned healthcare services for babies, children and young people, and commissioners and providers of these healthcare services, to deliver services that provide the best possible experience of healthcare for these groups. The guideline covers both physical and mental healthcare services.

The aim of this work is to facilitate the inclusion of children in the guideline development process, using both focus groups and reference groups of children and young people up to the age of 15 years. The purpose of these focus and reference groups will be:

  • to obtain the views of children on specific aspects of the guideline, review questions and issues raised by the committee (particularly where there is a lack of evidence or limited evidence)
  • to obtain the views and experience of children on specific aspects of healthcare services (particularly where there is a lack of evidence or limited evidence)
  • to ensure that a children’s perspective is considered by the committee in their discussions, including the perspective of children with communication difficulties, complex needs, or children who find it hard to access healthcare services
  • to highlight issues of importance to children when considering their experience of healthcare
  • to consult with children on the draft recommendations

This tender seeks to identify and appoint a contractor who can recruit and facilitate these groups of children. Alternative approaches for the inclusion of children in the guideline development process will be considered, but they must engage children of the ages specified above and must allow multiple contacts with the older groups of children, in parallel with the guideline committee meetings.

While we would seek to be guided by the contractor about the detail of work, based on their expertise, the key elements are to:

  • Identify and recruit focus groups and reference groups of children of all ages up to and including 15 years old who have experience of receiving healthcare services in England and who represent a diverse range of ages, backgrounds and experiences, ideally with a geographical spread across England.
  • Manage, organise and facilitate the focus groups and reference groups, to obtain the input of children and achieve the aims of the groups as specified above.
  • Provide feedback to the guideline committee on the outcomes of these group meetings.

For a full copy of the invitation to tender documents please contact Hilary Eadon at headon@rcog.org.uk.

Deadlines

  • Receipt of expressions of interest: 10.00am on Monday 24 June 2019
  • Tender documents: 10.00am on Monday 15 July 2019

 

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