Health and Social Care Skills Accelerator Programme (HSSAP)

The HSSAP programme is funded through the European Social Fund and was developed by Devon County Council, in partnership with a consortium of all the Devon NHS trusts, three local authorities and further education providers, with representatives from adult social care providers and primary care.


The HSSAP programme has three strategic components:

  • Develop pathways into the health and social care sector
  • Development and upskilling of staff in health and social care roles through Level 2 and Level 3 progression, with both apprenticeship and non-apprenticeship pathways on offer
  • Progression from apprenticeships into higher skilled occupations e.g. Nursing, social work, allied health professions etc.

The project reinforces Devon’s long-term plan by supporting the shift to deliver services in the community. New individuals will be recruited into the sector and applications are encouraged from people with a mix of backgrounds, including those with a disability, those from deprived communities, older people and women to progress to higher level roles.

Research shows that 48% of people working in the adult social care sector in Devon do not have any qualifications in health and social care. This seeks to address this by supporting career development of those in the sector.

For more information please contact Edwina Stevenson