Continuing professional development
Continuous professional development (CPD) helps AHPs to ensure that they are providing safe and effective care for patients and service-users. There are increasing pressures on CPD funding for NHS staff, this page provides information on ways to access CPD funding in the North West, as well as links to relevant post-graduate training opportunities.
Each Trust receives a cash allocation to be used to support CPD for AHPs. Decisions on how this money is spent are made by the individual organisation to enable them to meet organisational priorities. For further information, speak to your Chief AHP, AHP lead or Trust Education and Training Lead.
There are a number of other non-NHS funding routes for training and education, including:
- Invest in Health - information on learning and development for NHS staff in the North West who are in bands 1 to 4
- Higher Education Funding Council
- Skills Funding Agency
- Professional and Career Development Loans (loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays interest while you’re studying)
- AHP professional bodies - if you are a member of your professional body you may be able to apply for financial support towards post-graduate training and development
Useful information on funding for postgraduate study from the UK government and from Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.
There are a number of bursaries and fee-free opportunities in leadership development, quality improvement and service transformation, including:
- Advancing Quality Alliance
- Improvement Fundamentals
- School for Health and Care Radicals
- NICE Fellows and Scholars
- Health Foundation GenerationQ
Many of these schemes run yearly cohorts so you may need to make a note of next year's recruitment period.