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Functional Skills

Considering starting your NHS career with East London NHS Foundation Trust? Or developing your skills and knowledge while working in the Trust? Well, ELFT is a great place to start.

Improving your English and Maths at ELFT

There are a range of ways that you can brush up your writing, reading and mathematical skills. Many of us are late developers, had other distractions in our school days or simply didn't click with the education system we were part of. You can't help that but you can ensure that you do not lose out any further.

How improving your English and Maths can benefit you

These skills are the foundation on which all other essential skills and abilities are built and they open the door to a wide range of career development opportunities. Employers look for staff who are comfortable using numbers and can read, write, spell, listen, speak to a required standard, as well as being able to change or modify their skills when the situation requires it. You can provide better care to the community and be a fully participating member of the team.

Learning Resources
If you already have English & Maths at GCSE A- C (4) or Level 2 equivalents, then you might be interested in refreshing your skills and exploring the wide variety of free Learning Resources available to you.

Contact us
Please scroll down to the bottom of this page for a full list. Alternately, please feel free to contact Chris.tyson1@nhs.net to discuss.

The Maths and English Functional Skills training courses are funded by the government and available to you at no cost, so long as you meet the following eligibility requirements.

  • Participants must be aged 19 years or above
  • Participants must not have a recent level 2 qualification in English or Maths already
  • Participant should have ‘access to public funds’. Evidence to demonstrate this could be a British or European
  • Passport/identity Card, or Home Office Papers or a visa stating leave to remain for the duration of the course

Colleges may have other requirements which they will share with you when you apply for the course but all are keen to support all health and care staff to join this programme so will exhaust every avenue to fund a place on the course before advising they are unable to fund a participant.

View the list of free videos, e-learning activities and downloadable worksheets to help adult learners improve their reading, writing and numeracy skills:

Functional Maths - E-learning