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Guide to the Application Questions

Each question is scored separately (with the exception of questions 1 and 6 which are scored together) and the information below gives guidance on how to approach the questions.

The Bursary Scheme is a competitive process and funding decisions are based on the information within the application form.  Its therefore essential that you:-

  • Discuss your application fully with your manager prior to completing it,
  • Reflect on how the learning can relate to your job role/future development. It’s about the difference it will make.
  • Ensure that you have answered all of the questions.
  • Answer all parts of the question fully – this is not about writing more for each question, but ensuring that you respond specifically to what is being asked.

The following notes provide guidance as to the expected responses. Actual responses should reflect your experiences, expectations and hopes in relation to the course of study. These should be illustrated with recent examples.

Guide to the Application Questions

Responses will generally focus on the purpose and importance of the course of study and the consequent development of...

Responses will generally focus on the purpose and importance of the course of study and the consequent development of knowledge and skills. This may also include a brief comment on the potential impact on patients, colleagues or team. This will be the focus for your response to Questions 3 and 4.

Responses could also include reference to building on previous learning experiences and the identification of personal learning styles and preferences.

Comments on personal interest in learning or commitment to the particular course of study or contribution to the fulfilment of personal and career aspirations would also be appropriate.

Please note that question 6 provides the opportunity to offer more general comments on personal aims, expectations and motivation.

It is expected that responses will: offer reflections on most recent review or appraisal and PDP and why aspects a...

It is expected that responses will:

  • offer reflections on most recent review or appraisal and PDP and why aspects are important.
  • identify specific KSF dimensions, key result areas, objectives, CPD outcomes and competencies as appropriate.
  • Explain how the course will link to and support these.

Prior to answering this question, you need to discuss the application of your learning with your line manager. Respo...

Prior to answering this question, you need to discuss the application of your learning with your line manager.

Responses should detail not just how the learning will be applied but also what the local/service/organisational objectives are and how this learning will specifically support these.

Examples could include the application of e.g.:

  • clinical skills
  • management competencies
  • communication skills
  • research, training
  • and the relationship to e.g.
    • local or corporate objectives/themes
    • national guidelines (SIGN, QIS)
    • professional policies, procedures or standards

Responses should identify actual developments and changes (or proposed) changes to practice. These could include deve...

Responses should identify actual developments and changes (or proposed) changes to practice. These could include development or expansion of services, support for other team members, service users or patients, improved effectiveness and efficiency of a service.

Again, discussion with your manager is key regarding this.

Evaluation of the course of study could include written assessments, supervised activities, group work, tutor feedbac...

Evaluation of the course of study could include written assessments, supervised activities, group work, tutor feedback, personal reflection.

Evaluation of the impact of learning on the service could include feedback from managers, colleagues, patients, formal audit, peer review, personal reflection.

*Please answer in relation to both the course of study and it's impact on services

Use this question to provide additional information or expand on responses in question 1. E.g. career path, wider im...

Use this question to provide additional information or expand on responses in question 1.

E.g. career path, wider impact of the course of study (national or international), management support, potential further learning, personal challenge, financial incentive provided by the Bursary Scheme.