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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. 

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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.

You can get involved in the project if you:

  • Work in adult health and social care in Norfolk or Suffolk and are looking for development opportunities for yourself
  • Are a manager or employer in adult health and social care and interested in training for your staff
  • Provide voluntary or unpaid care to an adult
  • Provide a service to adult health and social care through your employment. This includes emergency services personnel, and anyone making contribution to the sector.

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Bitesize Courses

We are offering non-accredited bitesize courses on a range of topics as online morning sessions. These courses are open to everyone who may find the skills and knowledge useful in their work.

Diabetes Awareness

Diabetes is on the rise, with 5.3 million expected to be living with the condition by 2025. 90% of those with type 2. In addition, there are almost a million more people living with type 2 diabetes who don’t know they have it because they haven’t been diagnosed yet, bringing the total number up to more than 4.8 million. (Diabetes UK 2022)

We are offering this session to enable participants to develop their knowledge of diabetes and associated health implications to know different types of diabetes, their causes and treatment options. Participants will also understand how a person-centred approach can support an individual to manage their diabetes. The session is suitable for anyone looking to understand more about diabetes.

Training Dates

  • Wednesday 14th June
  • Tuesday 22nd August

All sessions 09:30am- 12pm through Microsoft teams.

Learning Disabilities and Dementia Awareness

People with learning disabilities are living longer, thanks to improvements in health and health care, although life expectancy for people with learning disabilities is still shorter compared with the general population. As a result, carers who look after people with learning disabilities are met with an increasing number who are developing dementia. (UK GOV 2022)

The aim of the session is to enable participants to develop their knowledge of how dementia affects people with a learning disability and to look at practical steps to support those living with and at risk of dementia. The session is open to anyone either working with adults with a learning disability or looking to develop their understanding. 

Training Dates

  • Wednesday 21st June
  • Wednesday 16th August

All sessions 09:30am- 12pm through Microsoft teams.

Level 2

Overview of Level 2 Units


Training Dates

Dementia Awareness (9:30am - 1pm)

  •  June 7th
  • August 23rd

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

  • May 31st
  • July 19th

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

  • May 3rd
  • May 24th
  • July 12th
  • September 6th

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

  • August 2nd

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

  • April 26th
  • August 9th
  • September 13th

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)

  • June 8th
  • August 3rd
  • September 19th

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)

  • May 30th
  • July 25th
  • September 12th

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

  • May 18th
  • June 29th

Workshop 2

  • June 1st
  • July 13th

Workshop 3

  • May 4th
  • June 15th
  • July 27th

We are also offering two stand alone units from the Highfield Level 4 Certificate in Principles of Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF) programme:

Unit 11: Supervision and Performance Management in Adult Care

  • August 17th
  • September 14th

Unit 4: Regulatory Processes for Adult Care

  • August 31st
  • September 28th

Functional Skills

Our Functional Skills courses are delivered at our local Community and Business Centres in Bury st Edmunds, Ipswich, Haverhill, Sudbury and Thetford and are also available online. Click through below to find out more and contact the project team to book.