HEE-SW in collaboration with the Health and Leadership Academy HLA

Intermediate Level One Programme (IL1) March 2022 intake 







The Application Process

The Award

Review of the Award

Review of the Process

Important Information



Please visit the Health and Leadership Academy/Medics Academy website for further information and details about the Intermediate Level One Programme (IL1).


 There is an open day programme information event on Saturday 9th October 2021. Please register here.


Trainees ST3 level and above on a recognised training programme with the South West Postgraduate Medical Education Deanery (Peninsula & Severn) who wish to pursue a programme of study on a course that leads to an Intermediate Level Programme 5 (ILP5) are invited, to submit an application for a bursary.

Candidates’ contribution will be £900 towards the cost of one year’s fees for the academic year commencing March 2022(excluding residential components).

Only one application will be considered for any Bursary award offered by the South West Postgraduate Medical Education Deanery (Peninsula & Severn), at any time, in any financial year of funding.

Applications are considered and awarded in accordance with the guidance.

Awards are agreed by the panel. The decision of the panel is final. There is no appeal process.



When allocating bursaries, 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 South West Postgraduate Medical Education Deanery (Peninsula & Severn) and a substantive contract of employment for at least 6 months from the start date of the year of the course for which you have applied for a Bursary.

Foundation Trainees are not eligible and must discuss with their Head of School any requests for such funding.

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 the South West Postgraduate Medical Education Deanery (Peninsula & Severn). Trainees who are considered out of programme (except OOPT or OPPP), such as on a career break, during the year of study for which they are applying will not be eligible.

Trainees on an OOPT or OPPP will need to be employed in an NHS organisation in the South West region to be eligible for funding .

Applicants must secure a place with the Health and Leadership Academy and complete the providers application form separate to the Deanery application form. Your acceptance letter or official email must be attached to your application or provided no later than Friday 11th March 2022.

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



i) Applicants must notify the Deanery via PENBursary.SW@hee.nhs.uk if they defer or fail to take up the course for which they have applied. Please note: Failure to inform HEE may result in the applicant having to the pay the full amount of the course.

ii) The applicant must obtain signatures of support from their Educational Supervisor (ES) OR Training Programme Director (TPD) when submitting their application.

An email from the ES or TPD in support of this application will be accepted in place of a wet signature.


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

The applicant must meet the required level of fluency in the English language. 

Applicants must sign the GDPR authorisation form to enable the Deanery to request information from the relevant University / course provider relating to the course they are funding. This must be submitted with the application form. 

Unsigned or late applications are unable to be considered.



Applications will be dated upon receipt.

An application is not an automatic guarantee to receive funding.

The application process for the 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 bursary window opening will be supported through:

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

Applications for the March 2022 intake can be submitted from Wednesday, 15th September 2021.


The application form will be available here from the opening date.


The closing date for applications is Sunday 17th October 2021.

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

Completed applications must be submitted via email to the following address;

Scan & email to:                   PENBursary.SW@hee.nhs.uk

With a Subject heading:      HLA IL1 Application March 2022

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 to PENBursary.SW@hee.nhs.uk



The Senior Business and Education Manager is responsible for the HLA 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 bursary application. 

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

The panel scoring the applications will be constituted from members of the South West Postgraduate Medical Education Deanery (Peninsula & Severn) Senior Education Teams.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by email by no later than Wednesday 17th November 2021.

Successful applicants must ensure they complete application process and form for the HLA/Medics Academy by Monday 7th February 2022.

Any funding awarded will be conditional on the applicant providing PGME with a copy of their acceptance letter or email from the University or provider confirming their place on the course. This must be received by PGME no later than Friday 11th March 2022. Failure to provide this evidence will result in funding being withdrawn.

A copy of the email from South West Postgraduate Medical Education Deanery will be provided to the Educational Supervisor/TPD of the training programme to inform them that the trainee has been successful and will be undertaking the course for which they applied.

Successful applicants are required to pay their contribution towards their course fees directly to the Health and Leadership Academy. The provider will invoice you directly for the outstanding amount. HEE will have paid their contribution in advance.



Upon completion of the funded course, the successful applicant must 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.

Within 6 weeks of completing the supported course, the successful applicant 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 to PENBursary.SW@hee.nhs.uk

This document will aid the Panel to assess the benefits of the award and any future benefit of the course that was undertaken.

By accepting the Bursary Award applicants agree to have published their feedback of the course.

Any concerns or issues relating to this process should be sent to PENBursary.SW@hee.nhs.uk



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 concern are identified and this will be communicated to affected applicants accordingly.



The decision of the Panel is final. There is no appeal process.

The Deanery reserves the right to withdraw its funding or the application for a HLA Bursary award at any time.

Funding is not available to trainees who are out of programme (excluding OOPT or OPPP): for example, on a career break

Funding or sponsorship received from other sources, including from non-NHS sources (e.g. university or charity), must be declared.

Please note any sponsorship or funds received from another source will invalidate this application, e.g. Study Leave Funding