Application for training

You will now need to complete a training agreement to set out the commitment from both the Trust and you. A Training Agreement will be required in the following situations:

- Programmes of study of 15 academic credits or above AND/OR
- Programmes of study where the course fee payable by the Trust is £200 or more

For courses with academic accreditation, (15 credits and above), a local interview process is required to ensure equity of funding allocation and commitment from potential students. This may be in the form of a presentation, title set locally.

This agreement does not amend your contract of employment.

Only when the agreement has been received with approval from your manager, can the funding request be considered for approval by the CPD office and East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals’ Charity (ENHHC)


Fees

The Trust does not pay for professional body/institute membership fees. These are the responsibility of the student/member. (You may be able to claim a personal tax allowance for this. You are advised to talk directly to your own tax office as they will be able to help and advise you).

All applications for charitable funding for Continued Professional Development (CPD) must go directly to the CPD Office at the Trust and not to the provider. The CPD office and ENHHC will then approve funding allocation as per Trust policy and payment will be arranged with the named provider. Students should not make personal payment and then claim retrospective recompense as CPD and ENHHC approval is first required.


Day Release/Study Leave (As applicable)

Your main courses are all scheduled for weekdays. Study leave will be in line with the Trust study leave policy at the discretion of your manager and service requirements.
Exams

In addition to the study leave outlined above, you will be granted the days of any examinations.


Employment during, and after programmes of study (15 academic credits or above)

To recognise the investment made by the Trust you are asked to indicate you will remain in employment for two years following the completion of a programme of study.

If you ask to leave the employment of the Trust within 12 months of course completion, you may be asked, at the discretion of the CPD office, to repay:

- during the period of study 100% of fees paid to date
- within the first year after completion 50% of fees paid to date

Compensation will be sought by Payroll, from the students’ final pay slip, on instruction of the students’ ward manager. If the amount of repayment is substantial, repayment schedule may be negotiated with Payroll.


Attrition (failure to complete)

If the learner withdraws from a funded course, but remains in employment, consideration will be given to the reason for non completion, before a decision is taken by the Charity Management Team (CMT) regarding payback of fees. If more than 2 study days have been attended before withdrawal, the Trust is liable for the whole fee amount. This liability may be passed to the employing division and/or the student.

Conferences and individual study days

If the learner fails to attend the study day full compensation of costs will be sought.
For events greater than £200, if you ask to leave the employment of the Trust within 12 months of course completion, you may be asked, at the discretion of the CPD office, to repay:

- within the first year after completion 50% of fees paid to date

These repayment criteria will also be applied if you are dismissed from service through disciplinary, sickness or incapability reasons.


Additional terms and conditions

Once learning objectives have been identified through the appraisal process, the appropriate course should then be chosen in line with service requirements as an enhancement of the current role. All statutory and mandatory training (VITAL) must be up to date, as funding will not be considered without this evidence.