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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. 

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The Developing Skills in Health and Social Care (DSHSC) project provides fully funded training 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 2023

  • January 10th - March 7th (every Tuesday - 09.30 to 12.30)
  • March 21st - May 16th (every Tuesday - 09.30 to 12.30)
  • May 23rd - July 18th (every Tuesday - 09.30 to 12.30)

Level 2

Overview of Level 2 Units


Training Dates

Dementia Awareness (9:30am - 1pm)

  • December 6th
  • February 15th 
  • April 12th
  • June 7th
  • August 23rd

Understand how to work in end of life care (9:30am - 1pm)

  • Jan 11th
  • March 1st
  • May 31st
  • July 19th

Introductory awareness of autistic spectrum conditions (9:30am - 1pm)

  • January 25th
  • March 22nd
  • May 3rd
  • July 12th

Introduction to mental health, mental ill health, and wellbeing (9:30am - 1pm)

  • December 13th
  • February 8th
  • April 5th
  • June 14th
  • August 2nd

Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities (9:30am - 1pm)

  • November 15th
  • February 22nd
  • April 26th
  • June 21st
  • August 9th

Chloe Stevenson, Patient Safety and Quality Team Administrator at West Suffolk Hospital, completed Level 2 course Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities

"Within my time at the West Suffolk Hospital, I had the opportunity to work alongside the wards with the Keeping in Touch Team during Covid time. I was able to support people during this difficult time and connecting them with their loved ones. I dealt with a few patients that had learning difficulties, and I was unable to show support where they were confused on the situation they were in.

"When the course was offered I was most interested in this course than the others that were available to do, as I felt this would help me in these types of situations where I struggled in communicating effectively. I enjoyed researching about this topic, as I believe within my future at the West Suffolk Hospital or elsewhere I will be able to have a much wider knowledge and doing courses like these are good for my development and will allow me to explore different fields."

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Level 3

Understanding mental capacity and restrictive practice

Credit value 2

GLH 18

This unit aims to provide the learner with an understanding of the principles of mental capacity, including current legislation, codes of practice and how these principles interact. The learner will understand the rights of individuals and ways to support and promote their ‘best interest’ and when factors may influence the ability to express consent. The learner will explore strategies and skills that could be used to maximise individuals’ capacity to make their own decisions and understand restrictive practises and own roles following organisational policies and procedures in relation to restrictive practices

Training Dates (9:30am - 1pm)

  • November 16th
  • February 16th
  • April 13th
  • June 8th
  • August 3rd

Understanding Parkinson’s disease within an adult care setting/service

Credit value 3

GLH 25

The aim of this unit is for the learner to understand Parkinson’s disease, common treatments and the effect of lifestyle choices on symptoms. The learner will understand how effective support can impact on the experience of the individual with Parkinson’s disease.

Training Dates (1pm - 4.30pm)

  • November 22nd
  • January 17th
  • March 28th
  • May 30th
  • July 25th

Level 4

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

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

  • Workshop 1, 2 and 3: 09.30 - 13.00 (this will include induction/study skills & e-portfolio guidance)

Training Dates

Workshop 1

  • January 12th
  • February 23rd
  • April 6th
  • May 18th
  • June 29th

Workshop 2

  • January 26th
  • March 9th
  • April 20th
  • June 1st
  • July 13th

Workshop 3

  • February 9th
  • March 23rd
  • May 4th
  • June 15th
  • July 27th

Functional Skills