The Nightingale Bursary

To celebrate the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale and the 50th anniversary of Adult Social Care Services becoming part of the Local Authority, Essex County Council is proud to launch the Nightingale Bursary.
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About the Bursary

The bursary will fully fund courses for existing care employees who are not eligible or suitable for an apprenticeship and would normally have to pay towards their training. This bursary is suitable for those employees  looking to gain formal accreditation to support their role or improve their skills in the Health & Social Care sector.

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Eligible Courses

The bursary will reduce barriers to training opportunities by funding existing care employees that are not eligible for an apprenticeship and would ordinarily have to part or fully fund their own training.  The qualifications will help to raise the skills and confidence of this valued workforce and enable individuals to progress and excel in their role.

View all eligible courses below:

To work in care is to make a positive difference to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges.

Adult Care Workers need to have the right values and behaviours developing competences and skills to provide high quality compassionate care and support. They are the frontline staff who help adults with care and support needs to achieve their personal goals and live as independently and safely as possible, enabling them to have control and choice in their lives which is at the heart of person-centred care. Job roles are varied and determined by and relevant to the type of the service being provided and the person supported. Adult Care Workers may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, a person’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings.

The level 2 Diploma takes between 9 and 12 months to complete and will be delivered through a blended learning approach.  You will be assigned a tutor who will work with you in your place of work, online and in a classroom setting (this could be a virtual classroom). You will need to study for an average of 4 hours each week – this could be more or less depending on your learning style. Study can be completed in the workplace and in your own time.

You complete mandatory and optional units which may include:

  • Introduction to communication in health and social care
  • Introduction to personal development in health and social care
  • Introduction to equality and inclusion in health and social care
  • Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
  • The role of the health and social care worker
  • Implement person-centred approaches in health and social care
  • Contribute to health and safety in health and social care
  • Handle information in health and social care settings
  • Introduction to duty of care in health and social care
  • Causes and spread of infection
  • Understand the impact of acquired brain injury on individuals
  • Approaches to enable rights and choices for individuals with dementia while minimising risks.

Upon completion of this course you will gain a City & Guilds accredited Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care

There is an opportunity to study maths and or English alongside this qualification.

This qualification is ideal if you’re a care worker, and you have some responsibility in your workplace. You sometimes work without supervision. You want to develop or demonstrate your skills, perhaps to become a senior care worker. You will be expected to exercise judgement and take appropriate action to support individuals to maintain their independence, dignity and control. By providing leadership, guidance and direction at the frontline of care delivery you will be instrumental in improving the health and wellbeing of those receiving care and support. Lead Adult Care Workers will in some circumstances have delegated responsibility for the standard of care provided and may supervise the work of other care workers.

This exercising of autonomy and accountability means leading and supporting others to comply with expected standards and behaviours. Lead Adult Care Workers may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres or some clinical healthcare settings. As well as covering Lead Adult Care Workers this course also covers Lead Personal Assistants who can work at this senior level but may only work directly for one individual who needs support and/or care services, usually within their own home.

The level 3 Diploma takes between 12 and 15 months to complete and will be delivered through a blended learning approach.  You will be assigned a tutor who will work with you in your place of work, online and in a classroom setting (this could be a virtual classroom). You will need to study for an average of 4 hours each week – this could be more or less depending on your learning style. Study can be completed in the workplace and in your own time.

You complete mandatory and optional units which may include:

  • Introduction to personalisation in social care
  • The principles of infection prevention and control
  • Causes and spread of infection
  • Cleaning, decontamination and waste management
  • Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities
  • Understand the administration of medication to individuals with dementia using a person-centred approach
  • Undertake agreed pressure area care
  • Move and position individuals in accordance with their plan of care
  • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Promote equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Principles for implementing duty of care
  • Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care

Upon completion of this course you will gain a City & Guilds accredited Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care

There is an opportunity to study maths and or English alongside this qualification.

The Lead Practitioner in Adult Care will guide and inspire team members to make positive differences to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional, psychological or intellectual challenges. You will have achieved a level of self-development to be recognised as a lead practitioner within the care team, contributing to, promoting and sustaining a values-based culture at an operational level.  A Lead Practitioner has a greater depth of knowledge and expertise of particular conditions being experienced by the user of services.

The level 4 Diploma takes approx. 18 months to complete and will be delivered through a blended learning approach.  You will be assigned a tutor who will work with you in your place of work, online and in a classroom setting (this could be a virtual classroom). You will need to study for an average of 4 hours each week – this could be more or less depending on your learning style. Study can be completed in the workplace and in your own time.

You complete mandatory and optional units which may include:

  • Develop, maintain and use records and reports
  • Understand safeguarding and protection in health and social care settings
  • Understand the administration of medication to individuals with dementia using a person-centred approach
  • Understand positive risk taking for individuals with disabilities
  • Principles of self-directed support
  • Understand public funding of individual care needs in adult social care
  • Understand how to manage a team
  • Understand professional management and leadership in health and social care
  • Understand the factors affecting older people
  • Understand stroke care management
  • Identify the physical health needs of individuals with mental health needs and plan appropriate actions
  • Promote rights and values in assistive technology in social care
  • Facilitate support planning to ensure positive outcomes for individuals and to support well being
  • Understand personalisation in care and support services

Upon completion of this course you will gain a City & Guilds accredited Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care.

There is an opportunity to study maths and or English alongside this qualification.

A Leader in Adult Care has responsibility for managing community or residential based services. This role has a large element of leadership, whether with other care workers and networks or in leading the service itself. You will have a responsibility to ensure the service is safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs and well-led. You may be a registered manager of a service, unit, deputy or assistant manager. You will be responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance of the care given and the values and training of staff with established standards and regulation.

This Level 5 Diploma is designed to give individuals the opportunity to build both managerial and care skills.
It fulfils the regulatory requirement for those looking to become managers of children’s homes or adults residential and domiciliary services.

This qualification is for those already working in health and social care, assistant or deputy managers or managers who have not yet achieved a vocational qualification at this level.

The level 5 Diploma takes approx. 18 months to complete and will be delivered through a blended learning approach.  You will be assigned a tutor who will work with you in your place of work, online and in a classroom setting (this could be a virtual classroom). You will need to study for an average of 4 hours each week – this could be more or less depending on your learning style. Study can be completed in the workplace and in your own time.

You will cover a number of areas, such as:

  • the assessment of individual needs
  • planning and review of care programmes
  • procurement and tendering
  • risk management
  • effective governance
  • domiciliary care management

Upon completion of this course you will gain a City & Guilds accredited Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services.

There is an opportunity to study maths and or English alongside this qualification.

This qualification is designed for new and aspiring managers/supervisors. Gain the skills and understanding you need to deal with management responsibilities confidently.

Get a solid grounding in what it takes to organise, manage and motivate your teams and learn tools and techniques to develop yourself as a leader. Gain a national qualification to recognise your abilities and experience.

The level 3 Certificate takes approx. 6 months to complete and will be delivered through a blended learning approach.  You will be assigned a tutor who will work with you in your place of work, online and in a classroom setting (this could be a virtual classroom). You will need to study for an average of 4 hours each week – this could be more or less depending on your learning style. Study can be completed in the workplace and in your own time.

Units may include:

  • Developing Yourself as a Team Leader
  • Improving Performance of the Work Team
  • Planning and Monitoring Work
  • Developing the Work Team
  • Induction and Coaching in the Workplace
  • Solving Problems and Making Decisions
  • Planning Change in the Workplace
  • Understanding Leadership

Upon completion of this course you will gain an ILM (Institute of Leadership & Management) accredited Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Leadership & Management

There is an opportunity to study maths and or English alongside this qualification.

In this fast-moving world, technology plays a huge part in daily life, and the care sector is no different. Technology Enabled Care (TEC) is playing an increasing role in health and social care, with over 1.7 million vulnerable people relying on TEC to support independence in their own homes. This qualification gives learners an understanding of the positive impact technology can have on individuals and the improvements it can make to quality of life.

This is an online course with full tutor support. Course content includes:

  • Introduction to technology enabled care that can be used to help support an individual’s quality of life
  • Understanding a person-centred approach to technology enabled care that can support independence, health and well-being
  • Understanding roles and responsibilities in relation to technology enabled care
  • Introduction to legislation, safeguarding and regulatory requirements relating to technology enabled care

Upon completion of this 3-6-month, course you will be awarded an NCFE accredited Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Technology Enabled Care. You will need to study for an average of 2 hours each week – this could be more or less depending on your learning style. Study can be completed in the workplace and in your own time.

The following accredited courses are available for individuals wishing to undertake CPD activity to improve their knowledge in a specific area. Courses are delivered online with full tutor support. Each qualification varies in duration but typically they will take between 3 and 6 months to complete.

You can pick from one of the options below.

  • Infection Control
  • Safe Handling of Medication
  • Care Planning
  • End of Life Care
  • Care & Management of Diabetes
  • Dementia Awareness

Upon completion you will receive an NCFE accredited Level 2 Certificate in your chosen subject area.

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How to apply

If you’d like to take up a course paid for by the bursary, we will need you to complete an application form and undertake an assessment and interview. This is nothing to worry about and is not a pass or fail exercise. We just need to make sure that your eligible for the bursary and ensure that they course you are applying for is the right one for you.

You can apply online completing the enquiry form below, email us, or call 03330139502.

We look forward to working with you soon!