County Council announces £1.1million investment for nursing and social care

Essex County Council (ECC) has today, Tuesday 14 July, committed to investing over £1.1million into growing the health and social care sector in Essex.

The Nightingale Social Care Bursary and Nursing Apprenticeship Scheme will see £1,110,000 funding allocated to supporting training opportunities and qualifications in the care profession.

The scheme will focus on two key areas. The first, the Social Care Bursary, will enable people from the most deprived communities to achieve social care qualifications, or support existing care workers to achieve further qualifications. It aims to reach those in areas where they may not otherwise have such an opportunity or, if they do, may not have the confidence to take it up.

The bursary will help 85 people already working in the sector without a qualification in Health & Social Care to gain a national and sector-recognised Diploma that supports their job role. On top of this, an additional 110 employees will be able to undertake an accredited certificate that will support their continuous professional development within the Health & Care sector. This programme will be developed and delivered by Adult Community Learning (ACL).

The second, the Nursing Apprenticeship, will support 30 adult social care workers to become registered nurses working in the social care sector through the Nursing Apprenticeship Scheme. The County Council will fully fund these 30 nursing degree placements which will be delivered through the University of Essex and Anglia Ruskin University where a new and innovative pathway into nursing from within the social care sector has been developed.

Plans are now being developed and further communication will take place once recruitment begins.

Last updated 14 July 2020