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Guidance for Managers

Guidance for Managers

The NHSGG&C Staff Bursary Scheme is available to all directly employed NHSGG&C staff – from any service area, discipline or grade. Its just one of a range of resources to support the development of staff and their ongoing learning.

The Bursary Scheme is generally available in the spring of each year, if funding is secured. Make sure that staff kno...

The Bursary Scheme is generally available in the spring of each year, if funding is secured. Make sure that staff know about this opportunity – discuss it at team meetings and with members of your team – promote it as another route to support their individual development in line with service objectives. 

When the scheme is open, it's essential that you discuss their application with them.  The application must be suppor...

When the scheme is open, it's essential that you discuss their application with them.  The application must be supported by staff’s line manager for it to be considered.   Key things to discuss include:

  • How does it link to their PDP/Learning needs?
  • What outcomes are they hoping to achieve?
  • How could they apply the learning within their work and how does this link to work objectives (at team/service/organisational level)
  • How would the learning and impact of it be evaluated

These are all areas covered in the application form – your support in discussing these can greatly assist in taking their application forward as an integral part of the PDP and Review process.

Staff must also explore all alternative funding sources prior to applying.  Any awards made are on the condition that staff have done so and that alternative funding is either not available or does not cover the full course fees.

You also MUST complete the managers section of the Application Form confirming if you support their application etc.   If this section isn’t fully completed or an application does not have the manager’s support then it will not be considered.

There are a range of potential funding sources – see the ‘Other Resources and Supports’ page for further details. 

There are a range of potential funding sources – see the ‘Other Resources and Supports’ page for further details. 

All staff who submit an application will be contacted by the Bursary Administrator to confirm receipt of their applic...

All staff who submit an application will be contacted by the Bursary Administrator to confirm receipt of their application. If they don’t receive confirmation within 5 days of submitting it, they should contact the Bursary Administrator direct.

All staff will then be contacted by e-mail (or letter to their home address if preferred) to advise of the outcome of their application, and the manager will be copied into the email.

It only covers course fees – any additional costs such as travel, books, examination or accreditation fees are not in...

It only covers course fees – any additional costs such as travel, books, examination or accreditation fees are not included.

Applications must come from individual members of staff, reflecting their own development needs. If the course of study it essential to service development, then alternative funding must be sought.

If a Bursary Award is made, it is on the condition that the member of staff has first explored/applied to all alterna...

If a Bursary Award is made, it is on the condition that the member of staff has first explored/applied to all alternative funding sources and that these have either been unsuccessful or if secured, they do not cover the full cost of the course fees.

The amount of funding awarded depends on the score given to the application, the number of applications received and overall level of funding available. The total funding available to an individual is capped.  As such, any Award made, may not cover the full course fees.

The Bursary Scheme is also available on a year by year basis subject to the availability of funding.  As such, if  a course lasts more than one year, there is no guarantee of continued financial support and employees are advised to make provisions for this when applying.

This will vary depending on the nature of the course – e.g. how long is it, is it during the member of staffs normal ...

This will vary depending on the nature of the course – e.g. how long is it, is it during the member of staffs normal working hours etc, how can this be supported/accommodated.   Any study leave will be at the managers discretion, however managers must not discriminate between full and part time staff.

It is also important to regularly discuss progress and the application of learning – just as you would with any other learning or training opportunity, as part of the PDP process.

An annual evaluation of the Scheme will take place in the autumn. This will focus on applicants' progress with study and future study plans as well as the impact on personal, clinical and organisational objectives. In order to gather the relevant data applicants and managers will be contacted annually to participate in a survey.