2023/2024 funding, expressions of interest and timelines


Health Education England (HEE) has allocated funding to support up to 50 places nationally on the Graduate Diploma in Respiratory Science and 64 places nationally on the Post Graduate Certificate in Sleep Medicine nationally to start in Autumn 2023. Employers are invited to express an interest for these grants through processes run by regional HEE offices.

Successful examples of similar funding in Healthcare Science have been undertaken at levels 7, 4 and 2 via the commissioned level 7 Echocardiography Training Programme (ETP) and grants for levels 4 and 2 apprenticeships. The ETP commission was led as a pilot for 2021 and has now been established, with increased interest year on year from trainees and trusts/organisations keen to take trainees on board.


Funding model

  • HEE will pay tuition fees directly to Universities
  • HEE will provide employers with a one off grant per trainee

How to use the funding

The funding is intended to contribute towards the cost of developing and running the programme. The training grant may be used flexibly towards the cost of salary,  infrastructure costs such as practice supervision and/or educational supervision or any other costs associated with the trainee successfully completing their programme, including reimbursing expenses incurred in attending in person elements of the course.


Expressions of interest process

HEE has opened a national portal for employers to register their interest in training grants for either or both diplomas.

If more interest is expressed than can be funded under the current envelope, HEE may need to prioritise. Principles would include:

  • Ensuring different regions have fair access to grants, in line with the population their serve.
  • Spreading training grants fairly within regions.

Click this link to submit an expression of interest in either of the programmes.



Activity Date
Portal opens for expressions of interest 20th March 2023
Deadline for expressions of interest 24th April 2023
Evaluation panel 3rd May 2023
Clarifications (if required) 4th to 10th May 2023
Outcomes End of May 2023
Contract control change notices sent End of June 2023