Continuing Professional Development

We offer continuing professional development and short 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.

Basic life support and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) training

First aid training at the Simulation CentreOur 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.

For further information, please email cpd@napier.ac.uk

Dementia courses  

The “Dementia Simulation Day” educational initiative is open to all health and social care professionals, students and members of the public. This unique 1 day course aims to give participants an understanding of the experiences of people with dementia in various environments.  These sessions combine simulation and case scenarios to focus on all stages of a person’s journey. The immersive activities provide participants with a wider appreciation of the challenges that the physical and social environment can present to a person with dementia, and lets them consider how their interactions contribute to the “bigger picture” of a person’s care. Each session throughout the day builds on the previous one, to develop understanding and knowledge. Simulation will include a virtual reality experience in different settings within the simulation centre to provide a broad experience.
  • Next Dementia course: 20 August 2019
  • Next Dementia course: 21 August 2019
 
For further information, please email cpd@napier.ac.uk

First Aid courses Emergency first aid training in the parking lot of Sighthill campus

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.

  • Next First Aid at Work: 5 November 2019
For further information, please email cpd@napier.ac.uk or visit our dedicated webpage.

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. 

For further information, please email cpd@napier.ac.uk

As part of your Continuing Professional Development, you can take stand-alone modules to develop your knowledge in a specialist area, and the credits you receive can be used towards achieving an MSc in Advanced Practice.  

Diabetes and insulin pump therapy online course

Please note: this stand-alone course is not credit-bearing towards an MSc in Advanced Practice.

This online course will be suitable for Health Care Professionals who come into contact with insulin pump-users, and who want to gain an understanding of this increasingly popular technology.

For further information, please email enquiries@napier.ac.uk

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.

For further information, please email enquiries@napier.ac.uk or click here to read more about the module. 

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.

For further information, please email enquiries@napier.ac.uk or click here to read more about the module.  

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.

For further information, please email enquiries@napier.ac.uk or click here to read more about the module. 

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.

For further information, please email enquiries@napier.ac.uk or click here to read more about the module.

Cervical Screening (10 Credits)

This module is primarily indented for nurses who are already working in an area which offers cervical screening. It will be of particular interest to nurses starting a career in practice, those specialising in family planning/ sexual health work, gynaecology nurses and treatment room nurses. 

On this module practitioners will:

• Learn the background to cervical screening
• Learn about Colposcopy referral and follow up
• Develop the skills required to provide a cervical screening service
• Develop satisfactory smear taking technique.

The next session will be on 29th March 2019 (£153). For further information, please email enquiries@napier.ac.uk or click here to read more about the module. 

Cervical Screening Update (CPD)

Any health professional, including Practice Nurses and GPs, who currently undertake cervical smears as part of their role need to update their cervical screening & cytology knowledge every 3 years in accordance with NES current guidelines.  

In this half day update we will look at:

• Call recall system in Scotland
• Laboratory aspects of smear samples
• Smear taking; the essentials
• HPV update
• Answering patients’ FAQs

This course runs twice a year (£65). To enquire about the next available date, please email enquiries@napier.ac.uk

Sexuality & Diversity in a Contemporary Health and Social Care Setting (10 Credits)

This module explores sexual health from a socio-cultural perspective, with a particular focus on implications for service provision.  Topics include pornography and pornification, sexuality in later life, gender-based violence, and the influence of technology on sexual behaviours (sexting and dating apps).  Sexual and gender identities, and the emotional and psychological facets of sexual wellbeing are also explored.  The module encourages students to examine their own values and attitudes in relation to the material presented.

The next session will be on 20th May 2019 (£153). For further information, please email enquiries@napier.ac.uk or click here to further read about the module. 

Genitourinary Medicine Theory for Practice (20 Credits)

The module is primarily intended for nurses who have an interest in sexual and reproductive health. However, it will also be very relevant for individuals working within the substance misuse services and allied third sector agencies.  

On this module practitioners will:

• Demonstrate application of in-depth knowledge and understanding of the full range of sexually transmitted infection, including blood borne viruses based on current guidance and evidence.
• Demonstrate application of in –depth knowledge to the management and treatment of a full range of sexually transmitted infection and blood borne viruses based on national clinical protocols and guidance
• Critically appraise the particular needs of groups at higher risk of sexually transmitted infection and approaches to risk reduction.
• Illustrate the ability to complete a comprehensive sexual health consultation using specialist communication skills, ensuring patient –centred and evidence informed approach to care

The next session will be in January 2020 (£305). For further information, please email enquiries@napier.ac.uk or click here to read more about the module. 

Reproductive Theory for Practice (20 Credits)

The module is primarily intended for nurses who have an interest in sexual and reproductive health. It will be particularly relevant to practice nurses, those specialising in family planning/ sexual health work, gynaecology and treatment room nursing.  

On this module practitioners will:

• Demonstrate application of in-depth knowledge and understanding of the full range of contraceptive methods including contraception for specific groups based on current guidance and evidence.
• Examine the impact of unplanned pregnancy, how this could be prevented and options available including discussion of methods of Termination of Pregnancy.
• Critically analyse what influences women’s reproductive health choices and how we can help to facilitate informed choice.
• Demonstrate the ability to complete a comprehensive reproductive health consultation using specialist communication skills, ensuring a patient-centred and evidence-based approach to care.

The next session will be in September 2019 (£305). For further information, please email enquiries@napier.ac.uk or click here to read more about the module. 

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.

For further information, please email enquiries@napier.ac.uk or click here to read more about the module. 

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.

For further information, please email enquiries@napier.ac.uk or click here to read more about the module. 

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. 

Please note: This Programme is currently under review due to new programme standards released by NMC and HCPC. 

For further information, please email enquiries@napier.ac.uk or click here to read more about the module. 

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.

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