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 qualifications relevant for healthcare professionals. They may be able to offer you individual modules or units that usually form part of a diploma or degree programme, or give you general advice on how they might be able to meet your learning needs.
Select your local country or region from the list to find out the contact details for your local RCN branch, and enquire about local CPD opportunities and events. Most branches organise CPD activities that you can attend for free, or look at putting together future training / learning activities if there is enough interest. They can also put you in touch with local RCN learning reps.
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 in your area 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 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
RCN events in Wales - All the latest events happening in Wales
RCN events in Scotland - All the latest events happening in Scotland
RCN events in Northern Ireland - All the latest events happening in Northern Ireland
RCN events in England - All the latest events happening in England. (Click 'regional' to filter by location)
If you’re a nurse and wish to register in a second field of nursing (adult, child, learning disability or mental health), then you should speak with your local university (or a university of your choice) for more details.
Different universities have different processes regarding this, but depending on the circumstances, you may only be required to study for as little as a year.
Second registration midwifery programmes are also provided through some universities with a nursing and midwifery department. Speak to universities directly for more information and advice.
If you have a diploma in nursing but want to "top-up," to degree level, then you should speak directly with universities for further advice.
Some universities offer specific nursing top-up degree courses. In other cases the university can advise you on gathering modules in order to build upon existing qualifications and obtain degree level. Each university may have different rules and options, so it's advisable to speak to several if possible.
Enrolled nurses wishing to top up should also speak directly to universities to explore possible options.
Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL) is a process by which you can gain credit(s) towards another qualification, meaning you could complete the programme in a shorter amount of time and avoid having to revisit any learning you've already acquired.
APL can be:
Each university will have different rules and processes regarding APL so it's best to contact them directly for further advice, and to see if you'd be eligible to apply.
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 see http://comeback.hee.nhs.uk/
for Northern Ireland see www.nursingandmidwiferycareersni.hscni.net/returning-to-practice/