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The PDA in Technology Enabled Care at SCQF level 7 aims to equip Scotland's workforce with the knowledge and skills required to embed Technology Enabled Care into health and social care practice while supporting positive health and wellbeing outcomes for people.

What is the Professional Development Award in Technology Enabled Care?

The PDA in Technology Enabled Care at SCQF level 7 has been developed in partnership with employers and industry so it is suitable for the current sector.

The qualification has been designed and developed to support Scotland's Digital Health and Care Strategy Enabling, Connecting and Empowering: Care in the Digital Age. The strategy promotes the concept of supporting people to live, learn, work, participate and flourish in an ever-changing digital society. Workforce education around technology enabled care is one of the key ambitions of the strategy.

Professional Development Awards (PDAs) extend or broaden professional or vocational skills and are linked to National Occupational Standard and this PDA has been designed to be delivered as an online programme focussing mainly on self-directed study with support from assessors and online group sessions. However, the majority of learning will be gained through experiences and from doing research to build up evidence of Professional Development.

You can find out more about the PDA in TEC by downloading the Frequently Asked Questions, Group Award Specification or viewing the presentation below.

Who is it for?
3 people from different backgrounds using technology

The PDA is for people who are new to or have an interest in technology enabled care. Those who want to develop and advance their knowledge, skills and abilities in this ever-changing field of practice.

This award contributes to the progression of candidates in their Continued Professional Development in the field of Digital Health and Care.

Candidates may use this award to show future or current employers evidence of their achievements and to enable them to progress in their careers.

Application Process - Now Closed
PDA in TEC Flyer for Cohorts 7, 8 & 9


Application process now closed.



Cohort 7 - 30 June 2022

Cohort 8 - 20 October 2022

Cohort 9 - 19 January 2023



Download a Copy of the Application Form Below

Before sending your application, make sure you understand this qualification has been designed to be delivered as an online programme of mainly self-directed study with support from assessors. Much of the work will be gained through your own experiences and from doing research to build up the evidence for your Professional Development and for your assessment submissions.

You must also meet the following criteria:

Read the PDA in Technology Enabled Care information on Turas Learn including the FAQs document.

Employed in a frontline role in a Health and Social Care Partnership, Health Board, Social Care or Housing organisation from the public, private or third sector supporting people with health, care and wellbeing.

Agree to complete the 2 units – Working with Technology Enabled Care and Using Digital Technology to Support People in Health, Housing and Care. We are not offering funding for the other units at this time.

Obtain line manager support.

Have basic digital skills to complete the online PDA qualification. Training will be provided for Bon Accord e-Portfolio.

Access to a laptop or desktop computer and Wi-Fi to submit online assessments via Bon Accord e-Portfolio.

Confirm the mandatory virtual induction sessions you are available for.  You can pick all three dates, but will be allocted one which cannot be changed.

Understand the qualification to be complete within 3 months.

Complete Bon Accord evaluation when requested.



Good luck with your application, contact the team at nes.dew@nhs.scot for further information.

Previous Candidate Experience
Digital Image

“… great to have the opportunity to undertake the PDA in TEC. It gave me a deeper understanding of Technology Enabled Care and helped me become much more knowledgeable about the subject. It was also great to have a qualification at the end and this certainly helped me in progressing with my career and achieving my goals. My tutor was also very supportive and I would definitely recommend the course.”
Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership

Call Handler


"As a Call Handler I feel any way I can improve in my role benefits service users and patients using the service, providing a better patient journey, and I have gained more confidence in communication skills. I would recommend the PDA in TEC to anyone thinking about it."
NHS 24



"…it made me challenge my own pre-conceptions of what is best for service users and reflect on what I am doing well and what I can improve upon. The support given by my tutor was first class."
Glasgow City Council Social Work

Digital People Image


"I would recommend this qualification to colleagues as I think it is an important part of the future of social care delivery.  It will help me introduce more technology and share information with colleagues about the ways technology can help people, and help  with your own way of working”.
Community Lifestyles / Key Housing



“I feel that I now have a recognisable qualification that I can use to help me progress in my career. It makes me feel more confident to apply for TEC related jobs knowing that I have this on my CV”.
Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership

Computer Pencil Drawing

“… a great way of broadening your knowledge of technology enabled care and to become aware that it isn't just the use of equipment,  it’s a way of being and thinking and can be a very positive experience. Learned so much and my tutors were brilliant”.
CVS Inverclyde



With the direction that care is moving in having a qualification in Technology Enabled Care is really helpful. I think it is a skills gap in the sector and we are going to need more courses like this to upskill and be able to meet the challenges of an evolving digital environment”.
Eildon Housing Association