Continuing Professional Development

We offer continuing professional development courses including first aid and immediate life support, as well as the ability to take specific modules from our courses to enhance your skills in one specialism.

Immediate Life Support Courses

We offer Resuscitation Council (UK) approved Immediate Life Support courses. The course is suitable for a range of healthcare professionals including doctors, medical students, nurses, nursing students, midwives and healthcare providers such as physiotherapists, dentists and ambulance technicians.

This is a one day course and assessment is continuous and guided by the assessment forms for each core skill. Successful participants will receive a Resuscitation Council (UK) ILS provider certificate, which is valid for one year. 

Please contact us using the details below to arrange a date to complete your course.


First Aid Courses

We offer the following first aid courses:

  • First aid at work (3 days)
  • First aid at work re-certification (2 days)
  • Emergency first aid at work (1 day)

Our first aid training courses provide the complete set of practical skills needed to become confident first aiders. Our courses meet the standards required to help comply with Health and Safety (first aid) regulations.

All of our instructors are also qualified nurses and our courses are taught in our simulated state of the art healthcare environment. 

Basic life support and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) training

Our course will teach you basic life support training including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), as well as the essential skills that an AED operator needs to know what to do in an emergency. This course is open to all members of the public and no previous training is required to attend this course.

Book now

Enquire now for stand alone courses including first aid and ILS at CPD@napier.ac.uk. Or call us on: 0131 455 3206.

Are you looking to take an individual module as part of your Continuing Professional Development?

You can take one of our stand-alone modules to develop your knowledge in a specialist area, and the credits you receive can be used towards achieving an MSc Advanced Practice

Please contact enquiries@napier.ac.uk for details of the application process for the modules listed below. 

Child protection: risk to reality (20 credits)

This module reflects some of the changes which have taken place in child protection work over the years. Time is allocated to allow you to explore children's needs prior to considering the challenges associated with undertaking a risk assessment. The centrality of effective inter-agency working in child protection forms a key element of the module and you will have opportunity to scrutinise professional roles and responsibilities.

Child Protection in Context takes a global and historical perspective of children and child abuse and recognises the need to deconstruct familiar concepts in order to make sense of current practice in protecting children and young people.

Safeguarding within a Public Protection Agenda takes a lifespan perspective to explore child protection within the context of a wider public protection agenda that seeks to respond to growing societal concern about harm to vulnerable people at a time of economic austerity.

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Supporting people living with and beyond cancer (20 credits or 40 credits)

This module offers you the opportunity to critically explore ways of enhancing your knowledge around the challenges people have living with and beyond cancer.

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Examination of the newborn (20 credits)

By completion of this module you will acquire the skills and knowledge to undertake the routine examination of the new-born. This module will allow you to assess the health and well-being of the new-born and recognise any deviation from the norm. Clinical decision making will be developed relating to clinical findings and liaising with the multi-disciplinary team.

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Population health for practice (20 credits)

Health care practitioners have an invaluable role in helping to address pressing population health issues. Students will be introduced to the theory and methods of epidemiology, and will be encouraged to reflect on relevance of population health to clinical practice.

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Management of Psychosocial Issues in long term conditions (40 credits) 

You will learn about the psychological and psychosocial consequences living with a long term condition has on the individual, as well as the impact on family, friends, carers. You will focus your learning on a particular long term condition related to your clinical practice.

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Substance use, families and society (40 credits)

Your studies will include the epidemiology of alcohol and drug use, misuse and dependence, with a focus on inequalities, families and society. You will undertake a critical appraisal of biological, psychological, social, cultural and environmental theories of substance-related problems.

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Non-medical prescribing for nurses midwives and allied health professionals (40 credits)

This course can be undertaken at degree or masters level. These courses are approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). On successful completion of the programme you will be a qualified prescriber and gain entry onto your professional register. The course is delivered over 26 weeks and will allow you to prescribe in your chosen area of practice in accordance with current legislation. 

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Study a masters in Advanced Practice

The credits you achieve from our continuing professional development courses can be put towards achieving an MSc in Advanced Practice in nursing or midwifery. If you are looking to step up in your career take a look at the topics you can specialise your MSc in at Edinburgh Napier.

Sighthill Campus

9 Sighthill Court
Edinburgh
EH11 4BN

0131 455 3555