NHS Health Education England (HEE – the Commissioner) are seeking a Higher Education Institution (HEI), to deliver a programme of research into Differential Attainment.

Differential Attainment (DA) is where different groups of doctors, progress through training at different levels. Research suggests variation exists across all measures of progression and is widest within examinations. This may be due to a variety of social, economic and cultural factors. We cannot rule out discrimination and bias. There is a responsibility for HEE, NHS Trusts and healthcare providers to ensure fairness and equity for all. We all lose out if doctors do not receive the support, or opportunities, they need to achieve their potential.

Our research at HEE has focused on earlier identification and interventions for doctors in need of support. A series of interventions have shown improvement in educational outcomes in Foundation, Specialty and General Practice programmes and these can be potentially applied across all programmes and specialties. This research work will support the objective by examining the systemic problems and barriers that prevent sufficient career progression for staff from diverse backgrounds and will work on developing interventions which will narrow the attainment gap of trainees from different backgrounds.

The maximum financial envelope for this procurement exercise is £105,000 inclusive VAT (£35,000 per year Inc Vat). The contract period will be for 1 year with the option to extend by up to a further two years (1+1) subject to annual review and available budget.

The deadline for submission of completed ITT submissions is 13th October 2021 at 12:00pm (midday).

Late submissions will not be accepted therefore, please submit in good time prior to the deadline date and time. All communications should be made via the messaging function on the e-Tendering portal during the tender exercise.

The Contracting Authority requests that all communications are channelled through the e-portal system and not with the Contracting Authority itself other than as expressly permitted within this ITT.

To express interest and access the Tender Documentation please use the link below, Please note all communications must be raised via the portal.