A Guide To SSPRD (Specialist Skills & Post-Registration) funding 2020-21

Health Education England North East & Yorkshire (HEE NEY) provides SSPRD funding to post-registration healthcare professionals (excluding doctors and dentists) to access a wide range of professional healthcare education. SSPRD funding is limited and subject to availability and approval.

It has been agreed within the South Yorkshire Delivery Group that, due to budget constraints, access to training courses must be signed off 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. 

The authorised signatory/SSPRD Lead for primary care across South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw is the SY&B Primary Care Workforce & Training Hub Programme Manager Louise Berwick – louise.berwick2@nhs.net

This page is designed to answer some ‘frequently asked questions’ about SSPRD funding and to guide you through the application process.

Who is eligible to apply for SSPRD funding?

Funding is currently only available to employees of NHS organisations within South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw. Funding is to support organisational priorities which must be identified through a robust Training Needs analysis which identifies the service need, the course of study, the university, the preferred start date and the name of the member of staff.

SSPRD funding will only be considered if the education follows the below criteria:

  • The practice can demonstrate how the learning will be applied and how the learner will be supported
  • The education is job-role specific.

Which courses are covered by SSPRD funding?

A list of modules funded through SSPRD at local universities can be found here:

Sheffield Hallam University

University of Sheffield

Which courses are NOT covered by SSPRD funding?

SSPRD funding does not cover travel, expenses or subsistence. Neither does it cover:

  • Research and dissertation (except for authorised ACP role holders)
  • Doctorates
  • Leadership and Management
  • Research Masters
  • Public Health Masters
  • Mentorship (SLIP)- this is managed through HEE Future Workforce Funding
  • Advanced Practice full Masters (this is funded separately via the ACP Scheme)

What is the process for applying for SSPRD funding for training courses?

  1. Apply online for the training course that you wish to study. This is both an application for the course and for SSPRD funding, so please provide a detailed training needs analysis of how the training will benefit both the learner and the organisation.
  2. A Fees & Funding form will be emailed to you by the university on submission of your application. Check and sign the form, then pass it on to your senior manager for approval. Send your completed form to the SY&B Primary Care Workforce & Training Hub via Admin Lead Melanie Robinson- melanie.robinson7@nhs.netPlease note that applications will not be accepted without the signature of a senior manager.
  3. If your application is approved, you will be notified and placed on a funding waiting list at the Training Hub. Your Fees & Funding form will be signed as authorised and returned to the university to await confirmation of funding from HEE NEY. In certain circumstances, the Training Hub may contact your organisation to check that you can be supported adequately during the training process.
  4. The university (& Training Hub) will contact you shortly before the start of your course to confirm whether or not your application has been successful. 

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. 

Does SSPRD funding cover backfill for days out of practice/ supervision?

At the present time, HEE funding covers module fees only (paid direct to the university.) As some modules involve days out of practice for study/ examination and time for clinical supervision, 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?

Your place on the module will be confirmed by email once the University receives the necessary funding approvals. An offer email with module start date details will usually be sent to you 3-6 weeks before the module is due to start. The Training Hub will also contact your organisation as soon as funding is confirmed.

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 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