Applications for this year are now CLOSED.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Medical) Fund 2017/18

Introduction

Eligibility

The Application Process

The Award

Review of the Award

Review of the Process

 

Introduction

This application form is for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Medical) only.

Trainees wishing to apply for any other postgraduate course please select “Bursary” on the website for relevant information and an application form.

Trainees on a recognised training programme within Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education and/or Severn Postgraduate Medical Education who wish to study the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Medical) at Plymouth University or Exeter University are invited to submit an application for funding support.

Applicants wishing to apply for a PG Cert Ed course at any other HEI must contact the PGME office on Plymouth (01752) 676100, before completing an application form.

Funding is up to 50% of the training costs of one year’s fees (excluding residential components or travel expenses).

Only one application per person will be considered for any Bursary award offered by the Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education and/or Severn Postgraduate Medical Education, at any time, in any financial year of funding.

Applications are considered and awarded in accordance with the guidance.

Awards are agreed by the Funding Panel.

Eligibility

When allocating funding the emphasis is on enhancing professional development and, as such, more importance will be placed on how the course contributes to your development rather than the qualification attained on completion.

The applicant must hold a recognised training post with Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education or Severn Postgraduate Medical Education and a substantive contract of employment for at least 6 months from the start date of the course for which you have applied for a Bursary.

Where an applicant is unsure of their place of employment at the beginning of the course evidence must be provided that they will still be registered on a training programme with Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education or Severn Postgraduate Medical Education.

Applicants must secure a place with the appropriate University and complete the University application form separate to the PGME application form. Your acceptance letter must be attached to your PGCE Application.

Funding will not be awarded to applicants who have already started the course in the academic year for which they are applying for the funding. Retrospective payment will not be made.

The applicant must not have been awarded a bursary or funding from Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education or Severn Postgraduate Medical Education within the previous two years from the commencement date of the course.

Important to Note:

If an applicant receives sponsorship from another NHS source, this will invalidate this application, and funding will not be provided.

Applicants must notify the Head of Operations via email if they defer or fail to take up the course for which they have applied. This may result in the applicant having to the pay the full amount of the course.

The applicant must obtain signatures of support from the following people when submitting their application:

Foundation / Core Training

    • Educational Supervisor (ES) OR
    • Director of Medical Education (DME)

Specialty Training (including GP)

    • Educational Supervisor (ES) OR
    • Training Programme Director (TPD)

The applicant must ensure that those supporting the application (as listed above) agree that the course represents an integral part of the trainees personal development plan (PDP) as identified through the NHS appraisal process.

Unsigned or late applications will not be considered.

The Application Process

Applications will be dated upon receipt.

An application is not an automatic guarantee to receive funding.

The application process for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Medical) Bursary fund is consistent across all applicants and each application is considered on its own merit. The process for the application is listed below.

Notification of the opening of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Medical) Bursary will be supported through:

  • Websites
  • Heads of Schools
  • Postgraduate Medical Education Centre Managers
  • Directors of Medical Education
  • School Managers

The Application form will be available online from the opening date.

Applications for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Medical) Bursary can be submitted from Wednesday, 21st June 2017.

The closing date for applications is Friday 14th July 2017.

Each application must be submitted on the standard application form and will be assessed against the scoring framework.

Completed applications can be submitted by one of the following:

Post:         All signed & completed applications must be marked PGCE (Medical) BURSARY APPLICATION on the top left corner of the envelope and addressed to:

The Head of Operations
Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education
Raleigh Building
Plymouth Science Park
Derriford
Plymouth, PL6 8BY

Scan & email to:  Pen.PGCE@southwest.nhs.uk

With a Subject heading: PGCE (Medical) Bursary Application

All applications will be acknowledged by an email stating confirmation of submission within 3-5 working days of receipt.

Any queries regarding the application process or an individual application should be emailed. 

The Award

The Head of Operations is responsible for the PGCE Bursary Fund and is supported by an administrative team.

Each application will be assigned its own unique reference number.

Funds will only be awarded if successful with the application.

Each application will be scored on its own merit and scored against the scoring framework.

Applicants must ensure they have completed the relevant University application form for either Plymouth University or Exeter University and have proof of a place with the University before applying for the bursary, OR have proof of application if the University’s closing date has not yet been reached.

The Funding Panel will be constituted from Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education and Severn Postgraduate Medical Education Executive Teams.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by email by Wednesday 23rd August 2017.

A copy of the agreement will be provided to the Education Supervisor of the training programme.

Fees for the course will be paid directly to the supplier of the course for which the bursary has been awarded. Please note that no funding will be paid directly to applicants.

Retrospective payments will not be made. Applicants must notify the Head of Operations via Pen.PGCE@southwest.nhs.uk if they defer the course or fail to take up the course.

Important: This may result in the applicant having to pay for the course in total for which they have applied.

Review of the Award

Upon completion of the funded course, the successful applicant is requested to provide evidence of completion by providing a copy of the awarded certificate or evidence of the required minimum attendance for the course, within 6 weeks of completion.

If the successful applicant is unable to provide satisfactory evidence of completion of the funded course, they may be asked to reimburse the sum of the awarded fund as provided via this process.

The successful applicant, within 6 weeks of completing the supported course, is requested to write a summary detailing:

  • The course that was completed;
  • Who the course has been completed with (the provider);
  • What has been learnt on the course;
  • What are the career benefits of the course;
  • The quality of the educational content of the course;
  • If the course would be recommended to a colleague and why.
  • Your experience of the Bursary Fund Process

This should be sent for the attention The Head of Operations via email. 

This document will aid the Panel to assess the benefits of the Bursary Award and any future benefit of the course.

By accepting the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Medical) Bursary Award applicants agree to have published their feedback of the course.

Any concerns or issues relating to this process should be sent to : Pen.PGCE@southwest.nhs.uk

Review of the Process

This process will be reviewed annually or as necessary.

Amendments may be made during the application and scoring process if inconsistencies, errors or areas of concerns are identified and this will be communicated to affected applicants accordingly.