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.

Positive Behaviour Support courses

Throughout August, we are running a series of professional development and training courses for everyone involved in the delivery of high quality services for people with learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges. These are mapped to the PBS Academy standards Competency Framework (2015) and NICE Guidance (2015).

  • Developing a 'capable' environment, 9 August 2018
  • Person-Centred Active Support and active Leadership, 29 August 2018
  • Introduction to Positive Behaviour Support (PBS), 30 August 2018
Head to the event page for more information.

Dementia courses  

Our courses promote best practice and will improve your knowledge, understanding and care of people with dementia. This training can be tailored to the level of our delegates, with more time and emphasis placed on the most relevant content.  

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

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.

Diabetes and insulin pump therapy online course

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.

Head to the event page for more information.

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.

  • Next First Aid at work re-certification (2 day course): 11-12 October 2018
  • Next First aid at work (3 day course):10-12 December 2018
Please contact us using the details below to book your course.

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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.

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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.

For more information please click here

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 more information please click here.  

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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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.

16-17th May 2018 (£153). For more information click here

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. The next one is 2nd October 2018 (£65).

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.

14th May 2018 (£153). For more information click here

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

January 2019 (£305). For more information click here

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.

September 2018 (£305). For more information click here

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