HealthcareBids met initially with the lead consultant for the service, Dr El-Dalil, to agree a project scope and methodology. This included identifying key contributors and ‘subject matter experts’. We met with several nursing staff from within the service to understand operational details. This included existing integration with wider community and third sector providers and opportunities for service development. We also worked with head office staff to understand corporate activity on apprenticeships, recruitment and retention, and specialist areas such as safeguarding and clinical governance.
In parallel, we held meetings with the lead consultant to explore and document the key strengths and successes of the existing sexual health service and HIV service. Jointly, we defined, refined and documented the vision for the new, community-focused service. Key here was to ensure alignment with the commissioner’s requirements as laid out in the specification.
We drafted all responses and, following feedback, delivered second and final drafts.
The bid was submitted on time and we were delighted when DGFT was announced as the preferred bidder.