With so many health related courses out there, it can be hard to know where to start looking. When choosing a course, always do your homework with regards to the quality of the course content and the reputation of the provider.
The RCN has a list of accredited courses, events and conferences. The RCN are not always the direct providers of these activities, but the provider will have been accredited by the college for following comprehensive educational principles.
If you're employed, ask your manager or visit your employer's website / internal intranet for details about workshops, study days and training opportunities. If you're doing agency work, then your agency may have details about courses and training.
Look at your local university’s website or contact them directly for information about study days, short courses and/or qualifications relevant for healthcare professionals.
Check the website of your local CCG / health board, or contact them directly to enquire about study days, courses, training and events.
A lot of health related charities offer training, ranging from online training to practical workshops. Some charities may offer to come out to a workplace to deliver training to a group. If you volunteer for a charity, free training will often be provided. See the list further down for some examples.
The RCN has more than 30 forums made up of members from different nursing specialties. Forum members work together to share knowledge and ideas, influence policy, network with others and gain clarity on issues. Sign up for free today at www.rcn.org.uk/get-involved/forums
Most of the RCN forums have closed facebook groups, where RCN members can reach out to their peers and fellow members for discussion, advice and support.
|RCN General Practice Forum
||RCN District Nursing Forum
|RCN Women's Health Forum
||RCN Advanced Nurse Practitioner Forum
|RCN Public Health Forum
||RCN Education Forum
|RCN Older People's Forum
||RCN Mental Health Forum
|RCN Children and Young People Forums
||RCN Ophthalmic Nursing Forum
|RCN Neuroscience Forum
||RCN Perioperative Forum
|RCN Continence Care Forum
||RCN Defence Nursing Forum
|RCN eHealth Forum
||RCN Fertility Nursing Forum
|RCN Gastrointestinal Nursing Forum
||RCN Rheumatology Nursing Forum|
|RCN Learning Disability Nursing Forum
||RCN Pain and Palliative Care Forum
|RCN ENT - Maxillofacial Nursing Forum
||RCN Cancer and Breast Care Forum
|RCN Midwifery Forum
||RCN Critical Care and In-Flight Nursing Forum
|RCN Nursing in Justice and Forensic Health Care Forum
||RCN Forensic Nursing Forum
Speak to other healthcare professionals to share information about courses, resources and any other useful information.
The list of links below is by no means exhaustive, but aims to give you ideas and inspiration on where you might be able to find CPD and courses:
E-magister - Health related courses. (E.g. medication administration and record keeping.)
Future Learn - Free online courses from top universities and specialist organisations
Open University free online courses. (Filter by category “health, sports and psychology.”)
The Education for Health website - Short courses on asthma and diabetes and also courses relevant to practice nurses
Sexual Health Charity FPA (Family Planning Assocication) - Training courses and resources for healthcare professionals
British Association for Sexual Health and HIV - Training courses and events.
Specialist health protection learning and professional development activities are provided by Public Health England (PHE)
Diabetes UK - Courses, resources and competency frameworks
Kidney Cancer UK - offers a nurse training programme free-of-charge for all nurses and healthcare professionals with an interest in the care and treatment of kidney cancer patients
The British Heart Foundation - Resources and information about course providers, training, support, etc
Education and training - Parkinson's UK - Resources as well as a course directory from Parkinson's UK and others across the UK
Prostate cancer - Face to face courses, online courses, funding and resources
If you’re a nurse and wish to register in a second field of nursing (adult, child, learning disability or mental health), speak with your local university (or a university of your choice) to find out if they offer admission through the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) route.
APL is where you'd be credited for learning that you have already done in your previous course(s). Depending on the individual circumstances, how much relevant experience you have, and your APL application, you may only be required to study for as little as a year.
The university will not usually arrange placements for you, meaning you will need to have the support of your employer. If you are not employed, speak to the university directly for further advice.
Second registration midwifery programmes are also provided through some universities with a nursing and midwifery department. You can look Again, speak to universities directly.
For a list of approved Return to Practice (RTP) programmes, see approved programmes on the NMC website. (Select "return to practice," in the course field.)
Your local education and training board may also have information about RTP opportunities in your area.
For England and Wales see http://comeback.hee.nhs.uk/
for Northern Ireland see www.nursingandmidwiferycareersni.hscni.net/returning-to-practice/