Learning and Development Funds 

Funding opportunities for the non-medical workforce 

Nottinghamshire Alliance Training Hub (NATH), is awarded an Education Grant from Health Education England to support the learning and development needs of the non-medical, primary care workforce. 
 
The Education Grant NATH receives falls into two categories: 
 
Continuous Professional Development (CPD) funding. This is open to nursing and allied health professionals except: 
Healthcare Assistant (HCA) 
Social Prescribing Link Workers, Care Coordinators and Health & Wellbeing Coaches 
Pharmacy roles 
GPs cannot apply to this fund 
 
Workforce Development (WFD) funding 
This is open to support all of the above except GPs 
GPs cannot apply for this fund 

Funding opportunities for the medical (GP) workforce 

If you are a GP needing advice about your career development, please liaise with a member of the Phoenix Programme who will be able to discuss career support options with you. 

What can funding be used for? 

It can support short courses, conference and university level modules which commence before the end of the financial year (1 April – 31 March). It cannot be used for mandatory training such first aid, basic life support, or safeguarding. These would normally be covered by your employer. NATH may consider supporting enhanced learning in such areas, if funding criteria permit us to do so. If unsure, please contact us. 

How do I apply? 

If you have identified a training opportunity to meet your learning and development need, complete the online Learning and Development Funding Request Form. A member of the Learning and Development Team will review your request and advise you of the outcome and next steps. 

How do you pay out the grants? 

We can do this in two ways: 
 
The education provider can invoice NATH direct. The invoice needs to state clearly the name of the learner, the course title, start date and costs, including VAT (if applicable). 
The employer can pay the education provider and invoice NATH for reimbursement. Again, the invoice needs to state clearly the name of the learner, the course title, start date and costs. 
 
Please note invoices may take up to 28 days to process from date it was emailed to alliance.hub1@nhs.net. We do not raise Purchase Orders (POs). 
 
To find out more information on the different funding streams used by us, and the stages within the funding request process, you can download our Learning and Development Funding Process guide. 

What if I move jobs or employer? 

The funding is attached to the individual and follows them to different jobs and employers within Nottingham & Nottinghamshire only. If you move out of the county, you must get in touch to update us. We may ask your employer to repay the course costs and advise you to contact the Training Hub in that area. 

Can I delay the start date? 

In some cases you can. In most cases you cannot delay the start date because of changes to work or personal circumstances. We understand that life might get in the way. However, if the start date moves to the next financial year we will ask you to reapply. 

Can you supply a letter of sponsorship? 

Yes. Often a university will ask for a letter of sponsorship to show who is paying the course fees. If you need a letter of sponsorship, please contact us to request one. We will need you to supply a contact name and email address for your course admissions / finance team at your chosen university. 

Can it support travel costs? 

No. The funding cannot be used to support travel or subsistence of learner in relation to a course. It can only support the education costs e.g., course fees 

Can it be used to back fill staff time or supervision? 

No. It can only be used for course fees. NATH may have other sources of funding to support back fill or supervision. We will promote those schemes when available. 

Can it support a whole degree course or master’s programme? 

No. There are limited funds. If you want to complete a degree course or master’s programme we may fund a single module or part of the course. The module or learning must take place within the financial year. We do get notice of other schemes which can support a whole degree or master’s programme. If you want to make sure you know about these opportunities please sign up to our newsletter. If you or staff you manage are wanting to complete a degree or master’s course you may want to consider the apprenticeship route. Further information can be found on the Apprenticeships page. From time-to-time HEE will commission courses to support staff development. Please get in touch if you want more information. 

Can I apply for funding for next year? 

No. There are strict criteria about the time frames for funding. All learning must commence within the financial year – 01/04/2022 to 31/03/2023. If your courses start after this period we will be unable to support your application at this time. If you apply for funding using the online Learning and Development Funding Request Form, we will contact you to advise that your request will be considered in the next financial year. 

When do you know about the funding that is available? 

NATH usually receives notices of the Education Grants in the first quarter of the financial year. This can be anytime between 1 April and 30 June. We will advise Primary Care organisations as soon as we are notified what funds are available and update our processes to ensure we understand any new guidance. Come back to this page or sign up to our newsletter. Education Grants are subject to change. 
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