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Fully funded courses for those who work in health and social care

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Norfolk County Council and Suffolk County Council are providing access to fully funded qualifications in health and social care. This training is for existing health and social care staff who live and work in Norfolk and Suffolk. Training will be provided until December 2021, in the first instance.

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The Developing Skills in Health and Social Care (DSHSC) project provides fully funded qualifications to staff working in the Health and Social Care sector across Norfolk and Suffolk. 

West Suffolk College is part of this collaborative project, led by Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils, alongside a range of local colleges, training providers and other partners. The aim of the project is to empower those working in the health and social care sector to develop new skills, helping to continue providing high quality care to local people. The project team will work closely with health and social care providers to identify the best way to involve their staff in the project.

To be eligible, participants must:

  • Be legally entitled to live and work in the UK
  • Live in Norfolk or Suffolk and be employed by an organisation that provides health and / or social care services for adults in Norfolk or Suffolk. (This includes people who are self-employed).

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Level 1

Care Certificate Programme, embedding the Level 1 Preparing to Work Award

Remote sessions, 1 session per week for 9 weeks. Delivery of all 15 standards of the care certificate embedding the Level 1 award. Basic Life support training is an extra session and arranged with the workplace.

Training dates

  • 23 March - 18 May 2021
  • 7 September - 2 November 2021

Level 2

Overview of Level 2 Units

  • Introduction to mental health, mental ill health and wellbeing

    Introduction to mental health, mental ill health, and wellbeing

    Credit: 3

    GLH: 20

    This unit introduces learners to the concepts of mental health, mental ill health and wellbeing, as well as other related terminology and subjects, such as stigma and other associated impacts of mental illness. It aims to provide a learner with an understanding that all individuals have mental health and that an individual’s experience of mental health can fluctuate on a spectrum. It also introduces learners to basic treatment models, including self-help.

  • Dementia Awareness

    Dementia Awareness

    Credit value 2

    GLH 7

    The aim of the unit is to enable learners to gain knowledge of what dementia is, the different forms of dementia and how others can have an impact on the individual with dementia

  • Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities

    Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities

    Credit value 2

    GLH 18

    The unit explores the meaning of learning disability and considers issues closely linked with learning disability support. These include an awareness of how the attitudes and beliefs of others affect individuals who have learning disabilities. The unit introduces themes of inclusion, human rights, advocacy, empowerment and active participation and also considers the central place of communication in working with individuals who have learning disabilities.

  • Understand how to work in end of life care

    Understand how to work in end of life care

    The purpose of this unit is to assess the learner’s knowledge and understanding when beginning to work in End of Life Care.

    Credit value 3

    GLH 23

  • Introductory awareness of autistic spectrum conditions

    Introductory awareness of autistic spectrum conditions

    Credit value 2

    GLH 17

    The unit provides introductory awareness on autistic spectrum conditions. It provides learners with key areas of knowledge and explores important themes such as individuality, communication, behaviour and person centred support. The terminology chosen to describe the Autistic Spectrum in this unit is Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), one of several different usages in this field. In diagnosis and other clinical and research settings, the more usual term is Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). Other usages, such as ‘autism’ as an umbrella term for the spectrum, are also frequently used informally and by organisations such as the National Autistic Society. ASC has been chosen here since it forms a more neutral and less medical phrase than ASDs in this context.

  • Principles of supporting individuals with a learning disability to access healthcare

    Principles of supporting individuals with a learning disability to access healthcare

    Credit value 2

    GLH 14.

    This unit covers the principles of supporting individuals with a learning disability to access healthcare. It covers legislation, barriers to and functions of healthcare services, and plans for healthcare.

Level 4

Highfield Level 4 Certificate in Principles of Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF)

West Suffolk College is pleased to announce that the level 4 Empowering and Aspiring future managers in Adult Care programme will begin enrolments in January 2021 with dates planned throughout the year.

All participants will need to attend both workshops (only once). All sessions are conducted through Microsoft teams

  • Workshop 1: 09.30 - 13.30 (this will include induction/study skills & e-portfolio guidance)
  • Workshop 2: 09.30 - 1600

  • Units that make up certificate

    Unit name

    Guided learning hours


    Team Leadership in Adult Care

    (workshop 1)



    Supervision and Performance Management in Adult Care

    (Workshop 2)  



    Manage Self for Leadership in Adult Care

    (workshop 1)



    Resource Management in Adult Care

    (workshop 2) 




    Innovation and Change in Adult Care

    (workshop 2)



    Regulatory Processes for Adult Care

    (workshop 1)  



Training Dates for 2021

  • Level 2 Training Dates

    All taught sessions are 9.30am to 1.30pm on Microsoft Teams.

    Dementia Awareness

    Tuesday 12th January

    Wednesday 10th February

    Friday 30th April

    Tuesday 25th May

    Tuesday 14th July

    Tuesday 7th September

    Wednesday 27th October

    Tuesday 7th December

    Understand the context of Supporting individuals with Learning Disabilities

    Friday 8th January

    Friday 26th February

    Tuesday 14th  April

    Tuesday 18th May

    Tuesday 22nd June

    Wednesday 8th September

    Thursday 7th October

    Thursday 25th November

    Understand how to work in end of life care

    Tuesday 19th January

    Tuesday 10th  March

    Tuesday 13th April

    Wednesday 9th June

    Tuesday 6th July

    Wednesday 15th September

    Tuesday 9th November

    Wednesday 8th December


    Introductory awareness of autistic spectrum conditions

    Thursday 14th January

    Wednesday 24th February

    Tuesday 16th March

    Tuesday 11th May

    Thursday 24th June

    Thursday 29th July

    Tuesday 5th October

    Wednesday 24th November

    Principles of Supporting individuals with a learning disability to access healthcare

    Monday 8th February

    Wednesday 24th March

    Friday 7th May

    Tuesday 8th June

    Wednesday 22nd September

    Thursday 18th November

    Introduction to mental health, mental ill health and wellbeing

    11th June

    20th July

    21st September

    13th October

    23rd November

    14th December

  • Level 4 Training Dates

    Workshop 1

    Workshop 2

    Workshop 3

    5th August

    30th September

    11th November

    26th August


     14th October


    25th November

    9th September


    28th October


     9th December