Funding Opportunities

Support for Continuing Professional Development

Continuing professional development (CPD) is a requirement to maintain registration and is also part of our professional ethos. However, the cost for participating can sometimes be unaffordable for individuals. To help you with this, the Elizabeth Casson Trust offers continuing professional development grants.

We welcome applications from any qualified occupational therapist in the UK. We also have a small annual budget for international applications.
Our FAQs contain useful information to help you; we suggest you take a look before applying. We recommend you look at our strategy before making your application.

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We receive many requests for funding to attend a wide range of CPD courses and conferences. Please see here for examples that we have supported in the past.

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Team/Department Development

Recently, we have started to receive requests from teams who have invited a presenter to come to their department to deliver CPD that is tailored to their particular needs. This approach to CPD is often very cost-effective and may allow more people to participate in the learning with less disruption to your service. Please see here for examples that we have supported in the past.

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Higher Education & Research

We have assisted many therapists undertaking modules for PG Certificates, Diplomas, MScs and completing doctorates. We hope that in supporting this type of CPD, individuals will become skilled at evaluating evidence and translating this into their practice. Please see here for examples that we have supported in the past.

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Bespoke Opportunities

This is a new, and perhaps the most exciting, area of funding we offer for CPD: funding can be provided for learning activities that are designed by you to meet your needs. These may include study tours or events you have selected by you.

When applying for this funding, you must make sure there are clear objectives and be able to show how these will link to your practice or professional development.

Email Pam Anderson at if you are uncertain or have any questions about your ideas for this CPD opportunity.

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Case Studies

This conference has been an excellent opportunity to keep abreast of best practice across the many services that my team are involved with. I have already been able to put some of this new knowledge to use and have plans to do more in the medium and long term. From a strategic perspective the knowledge that I have gained has been influential on my thinking for the future direction of the department and will greatly assist with our goal of knowledge transfer to our community colleagues.

Elaine Doherty OT, Children's Occupational Therapy, NHS FT
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