CPD funding

Our academic staff

Our academic staff

Our academic staff include clinically qualified lecturers covering a range of subject areas, and the multi-disciplinary nature of the School fosters a dynamic and innovative learning environment.

Once you have qualified it is expected that you further develop your knowledge, expertise, responsibilities and career in your chosen field. We offer a range of CPD courses to help you do this as well as help you evidence your learning.

If you are undertaking a CPD course with us, be it a module, workshop or pathway there are a number of funding sources that you should consider, including:

You can find details of the fees we charge for our modules in our fees document (.pdf)

Employer funding

Often during your appraisal or personal development review with your line manager you will have the opportunity to identify areas for personal and professional development – if you are working in the NHS it is worth considering how the Knowledge Skills Framework can impact and structure your appraisals, career and professional development.

Flexible study options

Many of our CPD programmes are offered on a modular basis which means that they are made up of smaller, individual courses that can either be taken as standalone courses or can be built into larger programmes over time. Your employer may be able to fund some elements of your studies, and for this you will initially need to approach your line manager, who will not only be able to tell you how to apply for funding, but will also be able to tell you who the training/education lead is within your organisation – whom you will need to approach next.

Health Education East of England funding

If you are employed through an NHS organisation within the East of England, we currently have an annual contract with Health Education East of England. As part of this contract they support staff development through educational courses and programmes of study.

Professional organisation funding

If you are planning to complete a whole programme (degree, certificate or diploma) and you are not able to cover the costs yourself, you will need to find additional support. It is worth considering other specialist professional organisations.

Some professional bodies have access to sources of funding for specific areas of professional development. Check your professional body’s website to see if they have scholarships, grants or bursaries available to you as a health professional working in a specific field.

It is worth, however, considering other relevant unions, chartered societies and royal colleges related to your field of work as well, such as:

Charitable organisation funding

Some charitable organisations are specifically set up to support particular professional groups while others offer funding for research or training in their particular field or for a certain service user population, such as:

Other methods of funding

There are many other ways in which you can fund your studies, including:

  • University scholarships

  • Self-funding

    You can also self-fund (except for pre-registration nurse training and speech and language therapy). For many of our CPD modules we have a discounted rate for our self-funders; and many of our CPD modular degrees can be paid for on a module-by-module basis, which makes covering the cost of your degree much easier.

  • Career Development Loan

    It may be worth considering a career development loan to fund your course.

What to consider when applying

We do not have control over who is awarded funding by any of the above organisations. Make sure when you apply for your course that you fulfil their eligibility criteria and follow the instructions and advice they give to ensure you have the best chance of getting funding.

You should also discuss with your sponsor what would happen if you failed or had to leave the course. It may be that they have specific expectations, limitations or requirements that may affect whether they will continue to fund your studies. Be sure to establish what these are at the outset and discuss with them any changes to circumstances that may affect your funding.

In our experience we have found they have a vested interest in your success, so are keen to support you in your studies. An open dialogue about any difficulties you may be having in completing the course to the level required is best done early, so that further support can be put in place in time to allow you to achieve your goals.