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The Higher Development Award

Health Education England continues to engage with Employers, Colleges and the Association of Colleges across the country, providing support to structure the Higher Development Award (HDA) for your area. The HDA is a personal development programme for Support Workers that enables Clinical and Non-Clinical Support Workers from all sectors to “Be the best and acknowledge potential”.

To find out more about the programme and join the national network please e mail Higher Development Award higherdevelopmentaward@hee.nhs.uk

The Higher Development Award has an expansive range of resources so you can find out more about the programme, its place within your Support Worker pathway and look at how other areas have developed the staff for their areas. By joining the NHS Futures platform Higher Development Award - FutureNHS Collaboration Platform you will have access to the full range of guidance.


Learner Case Studies and Videos

The following videos were recorded during the initial 3 cohorts of the HDA and reflect some of what the programme will represent in terms of building confidence, addressing functional skills and how important they are and finally the service improvement project which takes the learning back to the workplace.


  1. https://youtu.be/UeUzyRumphQ


  1. https://vimeo.com/244726917/bcde83b18c?embedded=true&source=video_title&owner=9110503


NHS Employers case study


This diagram shows the Multi-professional Development Pathway, which starts with Pre course Screening, flowing down to Level 1 Introduction to the Higher Development Award, Level 3 ICM level 3 certificate in leadership and management and Level 4'5 Trainee Assistant Practitioner, Trainee Nursing Associate and Senior Maternity Support Worker. At the foot of the diagram is a box divided into four parts, Team Leader L2, Principals of leadership L3, Extended Communications Skills (Motivational Interviewing, SBAR systematic communications), Coaching in the Workplace and Functional and Digital Skills.