FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

HEE funding for training (previously called ‘SSPRD’)

Please note: funding applications for the academic year 21/22 have now closed. We are currently taking applications for courses starting from September 22 onwards. To be added to the waiting list, please complete the application process detailed below.

A Guide to Applying for HEE funding for training (South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw area)

Health Education England North East & Yorkshire (HEE NEY) provides Workforce Development Funding and Prescribing Funding to post-registration healthcare professionals (excluding doctors and dentists) to access a wide range of professional healthcare education. This was previously named SSPRD (Specialist Skills & Post Registration) funding.

HEE Workforce Development funding is limited and subject to availability and approval.

It has been agreed within the South Yorkshire Delivery Group that, due to budget constraints, applications for modules must be logged and authorised by by the SY&B Primary Care Workforce and Training Hub. This is to ensure that courses are aligned to local priorities and that practices can confirm their support for learners. This guide is designed to answer some frequently asked questions around applying for Health Education England (HEE) Workforce Development funding for course modules and to guide you through the application process.

What is the process for applying for HEE Workforce Development Funding?

  • Complete the module application form on the university website. Ensure that the ‘Further Information In Support of Your Application’ section is completed thoroughly as this will serve as a Training Needs Analysis.
  • In the ‘Financial Information’ section of your application, enter ‘Health Education England’ – seeking Workforce Development funding via SY&B Primary Care Workforce & Training Hub.
  • Ensure that your application form is signed off and approved by your line manager. 
  • Email your completed application to the address stated on the form- this completes your application for the course.
  • PLEASE NOTE: if you wish to apply for HEE funding, you must also send a copy of your application form to the SY&B Primary Care Workforce & Training Hub via jo.mirza@nhs.net 
  •  The Training Hub will then commission funding from HEE on your behalf, subject to availability.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who is eligible for HEE Workforce Development/ Prescribing funding?

Funding is currently only available through the SY&B Primary Care Workforce & Training Hub to employees of NHS organisations within South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw (exclusing doctors and dentists.) Funding is to support organisational priorities and will only be considered if the education follows the below criteria:

  • The organisation can demonstrate how the learner will be supported
  • The education is job-role specific.

Which courses are covered by HEE Workforce Development funding?

Courses prioritised by HEE funding for primary care are as follows:

  • L7 Minor Illness Management (Sheffield Hallam University)
  • L7 Long Term Conditions (Sheffield Hallam University)
  • L7 Advanced Physical Assessment & Consultation Skills – APACS (Sheffield Hallam University)

There is also separate HEE funding for prescribing which covers:

  • L6 & L7 Non Medical Prescribing (Sheffield Hallam University)
  • L7 Pharmacist Independent Prescribing (Sheffield Hallam University)
  • L6 & L7 Independent/ Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses (University of Sheffield)

If the course/module you wish to study is not on the above list, please contact us to discuss. 

Which courses are NOT covered by HEE Workforce Development Funding?

HEE Workforce Development funding does not cover travel, expenses or subsistence. Neither does it cover:

  • Research & dissertation
  • Doctorates
  • Leadership & Management
  • Research Masters
  • Public Health Masters
  • Mentorship
  • Courses/modules lasting more than 1 year (funding only available for modules delivered within the current financial year.)
  • Advanced Practice full 3-year Masters (this is funded separately via the ACP Scheme)

Is an approved application a guarantee that I will be funded?

All funding is subject to availability. Applications are dealt with in the order in which they are lodged with the Training Hub and there is a limit on the funding allocation for primary care organisations each year. You will be notified at the first opportunity if your funding application is successful. If HEE funding for the year is fully allocated, your application will be placed on a waiting list until further funding becomes available, or you will be offered the option of keeping your course place and self-funding. 
 
I have applied online for a course at my local university, but I have just received an email to say that there is no HEE funding to support my application. Why is this?
 
If you wish to apply for HEE funding to cover a training course, this is a 2-step process. You must apply for the course (via the university website) and also apply for the funding from HEE via the Training Hub. Please see the process for applying for courses (above.)

Does HEE Workforce Development funding cover backfill for days out of practice/ clinical supervision?

At the present time, HEE funding covers module fees only (paid direct to the university.) As most modules involves some time out practice for study/ examination, you are advised to consider this prior to application and contact the relevant course leader for further details.

When will my place on the training course be confirmed?

An offer email with course start date details is usually sent by the university 3-6 weeks before the module is due to start. Please note that an offer of a place on the course does not indicate that there is HEE funding available to support your application. 

When will I receive confirmation of HEE funding? 

You will be notified by the Training Hub as soon as funding is confirmed. 

I have received an offer of a place on a course, but I have been informed that there is no HEE funding available. What should I do?

You can either take up the offer of a place and self-fund, or you can choose to defer your place and re-apply for funding – either in a second round for course dates in January (subject to funding availability) or in the next financial year. Please contact us for advice.

I have been successful in my application for HEE funding, but I have been informed that the course I want to apply for is full. What should I do?

You will need to apply for the next available intake of the course. However, if the next intake is in a new financial year then you will need to re-apply for funding again, as HEE funding cannot be carried over into a new financial year. The Training Hub will prioritise your application and guide you through the process, please contact us for advice.

What should I do if I want to undertake a module in order to work towards a Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice?

If you wish to work towards a Masters degree in Advanced Clinical Practice and your employer has identified the service need for an ACP role, then you are advised to contact the SY&B Primary Care Workforce & Training Hub for advice. Different funding options are available for this and your organisation may be eligible to apply for HEE funding through the ACP Scheme, which comes with an attached Training Grant. The application process for the ACP Scheme is usually around early February each year, with an application deadline around mid-May. Please contact Jo Mirza, ACP Lead at the SY&B Primary Care Workforce & Training Hub for further details: jo.mirza@nhs.net

What should I do if I want to undertake a research module or dissertation in order to ‘top up’ my existing qualifications to Masters level Advanced Practice?

Please contact us for advice- ‘top up’ funding may be available for course fees only through the ACP Scheme (see above.)