Continuing Professional Development in health sciences

We offer a variety of short courses, modules and programmes for the continuing professional development (CPD) of qualified nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

Modules are offered through a blended learning approach, making full use of technology to support students through on-line learning materials and discussion boards. Some modules also offer face-to-face study days on campus. Our CPD in nursing is designed to improve your clinical practice for the benefit of your patients and services. We use a blend of teaching methods, including opportunities for distance learning and online study.

Whatever your area of interest, please feel free to contact the CPD co-ordinator for additional information or to discuss any of our modules or programmes.

Advancing Practice

These modules can be taken separately or as part of our MSc Advancing Practice course - a flexible course for nurses, allied health professionals and social care practitioners.

Advanced Clinical Assessment and Examination

Develop systematic clinical examination skills and gain the knowledge to promote autonomous clinical decision making by synthesising key clinical findings in determining differential diagnosis and management of patients.

Advanced Clinical Assessment and Examination

An Integrated Approach to Frailty

This module explores assets-based and outcome-focused approaches to frailty affecting people in later life, including the oldest-old.

An Integrated Approach to Frailty

Diagnosis and Decision Making in Primary Care

This module supports your continual development of the advanced nurse/healthcare practitioner role in hospital, community/primary care, prisons and care home settings.

Diagnosis and Decision Making in Primary Care

Essentials of Mental Health Assessment

Develop the interprofessional knowledge and skills you need to assess and care for individuals experiencing mental health issues.

Essentials of Mental Health Assessment

Evidence Based Practice

Develop an advanced knowledge of how contemporary research and evidence can be applied to practice.

Evidence Based Practice

Exploring the Theory and Practice of Psychological Trauma

Learn how to critique the practice and theory of trauma informed care within a range of health contexts and appraise the concept of psychological trauma and adversity in relation to identity and development.

Exploring the Theory and Practice of Psychological Trauma

Living with Long Term Conditions: Care and Management

Enhance your knowledge and gain an in-depth understanding of long term health conditions.

Living with Long Term Conditions: Care and Management

Prescribing for Healthcare Professionals

Learn to prescribe safely, effectively and competently. Develop your knowledge of the professional aspects of prescribing practice, prescribing governance, and prescribing wider contexts. 

Prescribing for Healthcare Professionals

Early Years Practice Health Visiting

Our MSc Early Years Practice Health Visiting course will provide you, as a registered nurse or midwife on Part 1 or Part 2 on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register, with the opportunity to take on the role of Health Visitor.

Contemporary Leadership in Early Years Practice

This course is mainly for level 11 students undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma/MSc Early Years Practice Health Visiting. Develop your understanding of several topics relevant to leadership for early years practice.

Contemporary Leadership in Early Years Practice

Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC): A Multi-Agency Approach to Practice

The Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) multi-disciplinary course will help equip you to deliver effective children’s services in a unified approach, allowing you to respond in ways which will strengthen children, young people and their families’ capacity to care.

GIRFEC: A Multi-Agency Approach to Practice

The Principles and Practice of Child and Family Health and Wellbeing

Study the key elements of public health and related health inequalities and their impact on the health and wellbeing of children and their families.

The Principles and Practice of Child and Family Health and Wellbeing

Health Research

These modules can be taken separately or as part of the MRes Health Research course which equips you to conduct high quality, rigorous research.

Qualitative Research and Analysis

Sharpen your qualitative research skills and use them to deepen your understanding of complex healthcare experiences. 

Qualitative Research and Analysis

Quantitative Research and Analysis

Gain an understanding of the methods and concepts of quantitative research, knowledge of data sources and a critical understanding of why we use quantitative approaches.

Quantitative Research and Analysis

Research Ethics and Governance

Expand your knowledge about the legal, regulatory and ethical requirements in health and social care research, and consider how it applies to your own practice.

Research Ethics and Governance

Skills for Knowledge Enquiry

Gain knowledge and skills in conducting systematic reviews of evidence and critical appraisal of research. You will learn key steps in the process of systematic review such as developing a review question, devising a search strategy and more.

Skills for Knowledge Enquiry

Study Design for Health Research

Develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of methodology and study design for health research - essential skills for employment in the health research sector.

Study Design for Health Research

Professional Practice

An exciting programme designed to meet the needs of nurses, midwives and other health professions. Our professional practice modules can be taken separately or as part of our BSc Professional Practice.

Assessing and Managing Symptoms in Palliative Care

Learn about the principles of palliative care, multidisciplinary working and management of key symptoms, as well as ways to assess and manage physical and psychological symptoms experienced by individuals with life-limiting illnesses.

Assessing and Managing Symptoms in Palliative Care

Gateway to Further Study

This module will help you gain the necessary confidence and academic skills for degree level education.

Gateway to Further Study

Health and Wellbeing of People with Dementia

Gain the knowledge to deliver modern dementia-related health care with a focus on the impact of the physical environment.

Health and Wellbeing of People with Dementia

Improving quality through work-based learning

This online module helps you to improve through the use of reflection, critical thinking and evaluation of evidence.

Improving quality through work-based learning

Mental Health, Everyone’s Business

In this module, you will explore concepts of mental health and mental illness from biological, psychological and social perspectives.

Mental Health, Everyone’s Business

Prescribing for Healthcare Professionals

Develop your knowledge of prescribing to demonstrate achievement of the competencies within the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Prescribing Competency Framework.

Prescribing for Healthcare Professionals

Understanding and Assessing Pain

This CPD module is for healthcare professionals who are looking to develop their practice and understanding of pain.

Understanding and Assessing Pain

Public Health

Whether you’re already involved in public health research, policy and practice, or are planning a career in those areas, our public health CPD modules can support your future career ambitions.

Health Behaviours and Behaviour Change

Deepen your understanding of health behaviours and learn behaviour change strategies to improve public health.

Health Behaviours and Behaviour Change

Introduction to Epidemiology

Develop your understanding of the distribution and causes of disease in populations, and learn how evidence can help plan and evaluate strategies to prevent disease and promote public health. 

Introduction to Epidemiology

Introduction to Public Health

In this module, you will be introduced to core concepts in public health. The module will provide you with a grounding in key theories, principles and methods in public health today.

Introduction to Public Health

Public Health Policy

Develop an understanding of public health policy, including how it is made, what it entails, who is involved, and its underpinning theories.

Public Health Policy

Public Health Research

Examine various aspects of research in public health, including research design, critical appraisal and research impact. 

Public Health Research

Society and Health

In this module you will be introduced to key evidence, concepts and theories for a critical understanding of the ideologically contested nature of health in society.

Society and Health

Bespoke CPD

We can provide tailored CPD for your organisation, either at the University of Stirling campus or at your workplace for the convenience of you and your staff.

Contact us about Continuing Professional Development.