How to fund Connect courses-to-go

How do you fund courses-to-go?
Previous courses-to-go collaborators have funded courses-to-go in different ways.

  • Workforce Development Confederation monies
  • Ring-fenced project monies
  • Local training venues and organisations
  • Local initiatives
  • Coordinating with different organisations

1. Workforce Development Confederation monies
As has been mentioned in the FAQs document previous local collaborators have successfully obtained funding through training monies such as from the Workforce Development Confederation (WDC). There are 27 WDCs aligned to the Health Authorities. Their job is to enable delivery of the Strategic Health Authorities plans through planning and development of a healthcare workforce (managing large training budgets). To secure money from the WDCs, there are grant application processes that vary with each WCD. Training departments/ coordinators within hospitals should be able to advise you of the local procedures, as each SHA has a different process. This seems to be an effective and efficient way of funding training from everyone's perspective.

2. Ring-fenced project monies
There are a number of 'pots' of money that are available to fund specific projects. The focus of these projects varies. So far, collaborators have been successful in securing finding by writing applications under the banners of 'patient- centred care', 'user involvement', 'long term conditions' and 'communication skills for stroke workers'. These 'pots' of money originate from policy initiatives such as National Service Frameworks. Training departments and line managers may tell you what 'ring-fenced' monies whether there are any monies currently available in your unit.

3. Local training venues and organisations
In some locations there is the option of conference venues, that commission and pay for training up front. They in turn are reimbursed through Workforce Development Confederation monies, NHS training budgets, and additional selling of places to ensure a profit for the training organisers. In our experience this works well as long as the inclusion of the course- to-go is officially within the remit of the conference organisation.

4. Local initiatives
Various collaborators have put in bids for money directly to their training departments, or have negotiated loans. Collaborators in Wales have negotiated local funding with health boards.

5. Co-ordinating with different organisations
You may have a small department or team, so individual budgets may be small. Coordinating with other organisations or departments to fund training is a useful option. Almost all of our courses are appropriate for a multi-disciplinary audience. Your team maybe interested but so may others outside your discipline - those from within health services but also the social care sector and voluntary services.

6. How do you negotiate for funds?
Each negotiation will be different depending on where you live and how funding for training is organised within your work place. (Training budgets may be held with individual departments, with clinical services coordinators, within training departments, as ring fenced monies specific to certain projects - see above). Wherever you identify the funds, it is likely that you will be asked to justify why you want Connect training especially as a course-to-go.

Here is some information that might help

  • Connect is a national charity promoting effective service provision to people with stroke and aphasia, through direct therapy, training, publications and research.
  • Connect has been training stroke service providers since 1994
  • In 2004-5 we trained over 750 delegates
  • All trainers have first hand experience of working with people with stroke and aphasia
  • Training is devised with input from people whom live with stroke and aphasia
  • Several of our training courses are accredited for 5-6 Continuing Professional Development points by the Royal College of Physicians
  • Connect training is grounded in up-to-date policy, practice and research
  • Courses specifically demonstrate links between current policy (e.g. National Service Frameworks) and practice
  • They all offer practical tips and techniques to change practice
  • Experts with aphasia contribute directly to much of our training
  • We have had consistently strong feedback from teams who have trained together. They find that the benefits of working outside their immediate work environment, all hearing the same messages, experiences the same training

You may wish to do the maths for whoever you are requesting funding from to show why courses-to-go represent good value for money in comparison with paying for travel and accommodation if receiving training in London.

You may want to outline who the audience is and what benefits the delegates can expect from the training (we can supply you with outlines of courses that details what benefits can be expected from each course).

7. Should we look for sponsorship?
Connect retains final approval on any sponsorship for any course involving Connect. You may be considering financial support from organisations outside the NHS who offer sponsorship. As a registered charity issues relating to endorsement of our training are complex and as such we retain the right to approve all sponsors. We will do our best to be accommodating and work with you to enable sponsorship.

8. Can we cancel?
Cancellation prior to two months before the course date, we will refund 50% of the cost. After that point the collaborator site is committed to paying Connect in full for that training.

Our courses are very successful and the feedback we get from them is consistently high. We are able to assist you with marketing before the event. We anticipate that you will be conscientious in your organisation to recruit delegates. We therefore anticipate that the event you are planning will be successful. Once the date for Connect course-to-go has been agreed, it is then fixed in the Connect diary. From that point resources will be allocated for you and that time is reserved for you. In the event of cancellation we would be unable to recover those resources. As our resources are finite this means that we have to impose the cancellation policy detailed above.

9. Want more information?
If you want further information please contact one of our team.

Kate Swinburn, our course manager will help you with enquiries about which option might suit your needs.

Carole Cross, our training and marketing administrator will help you book places for courses in London and give you details of course content.


Want more information?
For more details or to find out which course is best for you contact Carole Cross.

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