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Examples of courses and e-learning

Examples of CPD activities

The list of links below is by no means exhaustive, but aims to give you some ideas and inspiration on where you might be able to find short courses, resources, events or online learning.

The RCN cannot verify the quality or content of courses or learning resources, so please use care and judgment when selecting them and research the providers carefully. The exception to this is where a resource has been officially accredited by the RCN.

Course search websites

Complete University Guide - Search UK universities with a school of nursing. You can browse by region or rating and enquire directly with each university for information about short courses, CPD, or learning modules for nurses. Alternatively you can browse nursing related postgraduate courses and filter by region, course type (e.g. part time, distance, flexible, etc.)

E-magister - Search for health related courses.

CPD Certification Service - Search for courses, events, e-learning, workshops and seminars. 

The Education for Health website - Search for courses, e-learning and workshops 

The Open University - Search and apply for distance learning courses

RCN accredited events and resources - A list of events, resources, training, and CPD that has been accredited by the RCN


Free online courses

RCN Learning resources - Free online resources on nursing essentials to help with revalidation.

RCNi free learning modules - A sample of free RCN accredited online learning modules.

E-LfH (E-learning for Healthcare) - E-learning resources. Check here if you have free access. - A list of free health and social care training courses.

Future Learn - Free online courses from top universities and specialist organisations. 

Future learn Nursing Collection - Free nursing courses online, looking at the latest research and advice on patient care.

OpenLearn by the Open University - Free online courses. (Filter by 'health, sports and psychology.')

Skills Platform - Clinical e-learning resources, some of which are free.

Specialist health protection learning and professional development activities are provided by Public Health England (PHE)

Study PRN - Contains a selection of free online CPD courses, some of which are suitable for nurses. 

Coursera - Free courses from world famous universities on subjects like health, psychology, business, finance, project management and technology.

Alison - Over 750 free online courses in topics such as health, fitness, nutrition with the free option of downloading your "learner record."

Vision2learn - Offers free (Government-funded) online Level 2 courses on topics such as health, mental health, management, and IT skills.

Oxford Home Study Centre - Free online courses on subjects such as health, leadership, project management, finance, and strategic management.

Health Charities

Health related charities offer all sorts of free online learning, training modules, grants, and even face to face learning.

Search for charities relevant to your field of interest and browse their websites or get in touch directly to see what they offer.

Here are just some examples:

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.

Diabetes UK - Training courses, professional development resources, competency frameworks, workshops and more.

Kidney Cancer UK - Includes a free online training programme, designed to provide nurses with a deeper understanding of kidney cancer and its treatment.

The British Heart Foundation - Clinical resources, CPD opportunities, learning and development, and more.

Parkinson's UK - Resources and details about courses and CPD modules. Includes free online learning resources.

Prostate Cancer UK - Face to face courses, online courses, funding and resources.


Events and conferences

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)

RCNi events - RCNi conferences and events

Nursing Events - Upcoming events and conferences across the UK

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