Getting to zero collaborative

A new Fast-Track Cities HIV improvement community working towards the 2030 ambitions.


The ‘Getting to zero’ collaborative is a key part of the Fast-Track Cities London work programme for 2023-25.

The Fast-Track Cities London Leadership Group is seeking to establish the ‘Getting to Zero’ collaborative, which will consist of partnerships between third sector organisations, working with the NHS and local authorities to deliver key initiatives across London in line with the strategic aims of the Fast-Track Cities London programme and the national HIV Action Plan.

The ‘Getting to Zero’ collaborative will replicate the previous approach of building an improvement community using quality improvement methodology between different organisations working in the HIV sector.

Third sector organisations will be invited to bid for funding to deliver new initiatives offering solutions to one or more of the following three key aims to improve HIV support in London:

  • Aim 1: Embedding a peer support network in all HIV clinics across London
  • Aim 2: Improving the quality of life and well-being of people living with HIV
  • Aim 3: Re-engaging people diagnosed with HIV who are no longer accessing care or treatment

Bids may propose work that addresses single or a combination of aims. The Fast-Track Cities London Leadership Group is looking to commission a small number of scalable and impactful initiatives, from a pot of £800,000.

The deadline for applications is on the 7th of November at 12 noon. See the application form and FAQ below for more information on interview dates.


Bidders will be required to fulfil the following criteria:

  1. Initiatives must be led by the third sector and work in partnership with other third sector providers, NHS organisation(s) and local authorities where possible/suitable to deliver the proposed initiative(s).
  2. Demonstrate how their proposal will deliver on the aims set out above.
  3. Employ a quality improvement and evaluation methodology into the operational running of each of the initiative(s). Organisations will be required to attend 6 x 2 hour quality improvement sessions throughout the 18 months.
  4. Demonstrate that they have worked with an external evaluation partner; Organisations will be required to participate in the evaluation exercise conducted by a third party and supply all relevant data throughout the 18 months.
  5. Demonstrate that they have the capacity, competency and capability to deliver an agile initiative(s) across the 18 month period and demonstrable capabilities to work in effective partnerships and maximise opportunities to scale-up to deliver more widely.
  6. Demonstrate through a flexible project plan how their partnership and initiative(s) will tackle health inequalities and reach underserved communities, and that people living with HIV are at the heart of their initiative, codesigning and delivering culturally competent work where applicable.
  7. Take into account the recommendations from the independent research into the sustainability of the VCSO sector.

Funding applications are now live and we will aim to announce the new collaborative in November 2023 (subject to procurement) and run for up to 18 months.

Grant programme for Getting to Zero Collaborative overview and requirements Sep 2023

Getting to Zero Application Form

Frequently Aasked Questions Getting to zero collaborative Sep 23


The 2020-2023 HIV improvement community

You can read the case studies of the previous HIV improvement community in our highlight report here.

You can read a case study about the improvement community approach to tackling city wide challenges here.

If you would like any further information then please email us at rf-tr.londonftci@nhs.net