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The Professional Development Award (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.

Application Process - Now Open
PDA in TEC Flyer for Cohort 1 UHI

Applications open until Thursday 24 November 2022.

Completed applications must be received by 
Thursday 24 November 2022 at 5pm.

UHI Cohort 1  - 23 January 2023

Candidates due to start Cohort 9 on 19 January 2023 via Bon Accord Support Services should not apply for this additional January cohort.




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 learning on a virtual learning platform with support from a group tutor. Much of the work will be gained through your own experience and research,  providing the opportunity for you to develop underpinning knowledge for your assignment 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 social work, social care, health or housing organisation, including those working in care at home or care homes, across the public, private and third sector.

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 other units currently.

Obtain line manager support.

Digital skills to complete an online qualification. Training will be provided for Brightspace Virtual Learning Platform.

Access to a laptop or desktop computer and Wi-Fi to submit online assignments via  Brightspace.

Attend a mandatory online group induction during week commencing 15 January 2023.

Understand the qualification to be completed within one 17-week semester from 23 January 2023.

Complete an evaluation when requested.

New to TEC...... complete the learning module Introduction to Technology Enabled Care.

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

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?
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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.

Let's hear from participants about their learning experience!
Participant insights
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“… 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

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"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

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"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

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“… 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

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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