Continuing professional development: Health and Social Care

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Courses taught in the Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre:

Credit-bearing stand-alone modules to develop your knowledge in a specialism area:

Other courses:

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.

For further information, please email 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

Working with the autism spectrum: theory into practice

This undergraduate course is a successful collaboration between Edinburgh Napier University and The National Autistic Society

A blended learning approach is utilised for this module, which includes 6 mornings of live online teaching with National Autistic Society Lecturers and further learning online. The course will run over 3 weeks, with live online teaching each Monday and Tuesday morning (9.00 to 12.30). The assessment (a case study essay) will allow you to reflect upon your own practice, and use the knowledge you gain to further improve the support you offer to autistic people.

New 2022 course dates for online delivery: 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21 June 2022 (closing date for application 1 May)
The course will be delivered online (details will follow once matriculated).

For further information, please email Mhari Henderson or visit our dedicated webpage.

As part of your Continuing Professional Development, you can take stand-alone modules to develop your knowledge in a specialist area. 

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.

For further information, please email or click here to read more about the module. 

Cervical Screening Update (Online)

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

The fee for the update is £65. For further information, please email Scott Foley on or visit the dedicated webpage.

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

This course can be undertaken at Level 11. 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. 

For further information, please email or click here to read more about the module.

Independent and Supplementary Prescribing

The Independent and Supplementary Prescribing course (V300) is designed for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.  
Professional regulatory body standards are incorporated into the programme to enable students to develop the appropriate knowledge and competencies to prescribe within their professional competence and according to local policy and national legislation. On successful completion of the course this permits nurses, midwives, paramedics, podiatrists and physiotherapists to become independent and supplementary prescribers and radiographers and dieticians to become supplementary prescribers. 

For further information, please email or click here to read more about the module.

Study a masters in Advanced Clinical Practice

The credits you achieve from our continuing professional development courses can be put towards achieving an MSc in Advanced Clinical 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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