Whakakotahi 2018 expressions of interest - applications now closed 

Expressions of interest applications for primary care improvement projects for the second round of Whakakotahi have now closed. We have received 22 applications.

Whakakotahi is an innovative, sector-led initiative to develop quality improvement capacity in primary care. It’s an opportunity to start and continue valuable conversations with primary care, raise the sector’s capability to use improvement science to effect better patient care and outcomes, and lay important foundations for future improvement work in primary care.

Whakakotahi 2018 applications closed at midday on 8 September 2017. Applicants were asked to focus on a facet, element or area of patient care they identified as important to them and their patients/community and that they wished to improve through participating in Whakakotahi.

Thank you to all 22 teams who applied, it is great to see such a high level of interest from the primary care sector. The Whakakotahi 2018 selection panel will complete a shortlist by the end of September 2017. Applicants will be notified of the outcome in early October; shortlisted applicants will be supported by the Commission to prepare a full proposal.

Read more about Whakakotahi or view this year’s work programme and selection process details below.

Whakakotahi work programme

The Commission will work with the successful applicants on their improvement projects following a structure similar to the IHI breakthrough series (collaborative) methodology, underpinned by the Model for Improvement.

We will bring all of the improvement teams together for three group learning events for quality improvement teaching and workshops, idea sharing, and networking. Between these group learning events, the Commission’s quality improvement advisor and project manager will provide virtual (eg, teleconference calls, Skype) and on-site support and mentoring to the improvement teams, as needed.

Whakakotahi timeline

The Commission is committed to working with primary care providers to build quality improvement capability. After the first, innovative phases of Whakakotahi (the 2017 and 2018 challenges), future work will depend on how suitable the completed projects are to spread and scale.

Whakakotahi is the start of our journey together. While we collectively and incrementally build improvement science capability and progress the selected Whakakotahi improvement projects, the Commission will continue to work with a broad range of primary care stakeholders and partners to lay the groundwork for future improvement work in the sector.

Application process

The Commission had a five-stage process for receiving and processing applications:

3 July–8 September 2017

Short application for EOI (applications now closed)
4–29 September 2017
The selection panel will review all applications and prepare a shortlist if required.
2 October–24 November 2017
Full proposal templates completed
Shortlisted applicants notified who will then complete a full proposal with assistance from the Commission. We will contact applicants at the earliest opportunity to allow this information to be collated. Applicants should be aware of the additional information required when resubmitting their improvement project proposal.
27 November to 15 December 2017
Selection process
Applicants will be invited to connect with the selection panel via teleconference for a brief Q&A session about their proposal. The selection panel will then make recommendations to the Commission on the preferred proposals. Applicants will be advised about the outcome of the final selection process by 15 December 2017.
18 December 2017 to 26 January 2018
MOU negotiations and start-up
The Commission and successful applicants will finalise a memorandum of understanding. Improvement project start-up will commence in February 2018 and finish by June 2019.

Further information

For more information please download our 2018 guidelines and application pack.

You can also read more about Whakakotahi and the primary care progamme in our project charter

If you have any questions about Whakakotahi please contact John Kristiansen (project manager) or Jane Cullen (quality improvement advisor).

Last updated 30/11/2017