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Capabilities Framework Development



The Faculty of Remote and Rural Healthcare at The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh welcomes tender applications for the provision of services to accelerate and facilitate the development of a capabilities framework for remote and rural healthcare professionals. 

Sealed tenders are invited from suitably experienced individuals and organisations. The Deadline for submission is 11 May 2020 Appropriate consideration will be given to timelines given recent capacity pressures created by developments around COVID-19. 

 Email us at frrh@rcsed.ac.uk to submit your application. For further details on requirements and timelines, download the attached documents 'Invitation to Tender' and 'Capabilities Framework' at the bottom of this page. 

Please submit the following documents:

For Individuals

  • An up to date CV
  • A cover letter (maximum 2 pages) detailing your suitability for the project and any relevant experience or similar projects undertaken
  • A two-page summary of how you will achieve the project deliverables listed in section 6 of the ‘Capabilities Framework’ document and the bottom of this page

 For Organisations

  • An up to date CV for the Lead Consultant or Lead Researcher who would act as the lead and main point of contact for the project. Up to date CVs of any other members of the wider team proposed
  • A cover letter no longer than two pages detailing the organisations suitability for this and any relevant experience or similar projects undertaken
  • A two-page summary of how the organisation will achieve the project deliverables listed in section 6 of the attached ‘Capabilities Framework’ document at the bottom of this page

Submitted responses will then be assessed against the project deliverables, with shortlisted individuals/teams being informed of initial outcomes during the week commencing Monday 18 May 2020.

Shortlisted individuals/teams will be invited to deliver a short presentation to the Faculty Team on their proposal week commencing 25 May 2020. This can be delivered by video conference, if required.

For further information please contact Gill Mitchell, Faculty Development Manager, 0131 527 1661.

Capabilities Framework Overview

During its initial three-year development phase, the FRRH has identified the critical need to develop an inclusive, high-level syllabus for remote and rural healthcare that is relevant across multiple roles, environments and geographical locations. 

It has been identified that a Capabilities Framework would be the most suitable structure to underpin this.

This Capabilities Framework will be comprehensive and modular in order to form the basis for the FRRH’s professional, education and assessment offering to its members (both organisational and individual members). The Framework will support membership from a diverse range of geographical locations and industry sectors.

The overarching aims of the Capabilities Framework are to:

Define and demonstrate the scope of practice and capabilities required of those working in clinical and non-clinical roles in remote and rural contexts (for healthcare organisations and their employees);

  • Offer a suitably structured, inclusive and practical framework that encapsulates and regulates the above;
  • Inform and align with appropriate definitions of remote and rural healthcare;
  • Inform a robust “grandfathering” process to assess and award FRRH Member or Fellow status (and post-nominals) to individuals for a defined period running from Jan 2021 until the development of formal assessments/examinations;
  • Provide a suitable foundation against which education courses delivered by external providers can be aligned and quality assured/accredited by the FRRH;
  • Inform the development of clinical examinations in remote and rural healthcare;
  • Provide a foundation against which the skills sets of healthcare teams can be mapped on behalf of service providers to ensure patient safety and healthcare practitioner support; and
  • Provide a suite of modular capabilities that can be applied to different roles, skill levels and contexts within the remote and rural healthcare environment.


To find out more or to get involved in the development and support of this framework please contact frrh@rcsed.ac.uk 





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