Continuing professional development

For the individual practitioner, CPD offers the opportunity to gain new knowledge, skills and behaviours and remain up to date in all areas of your practice. You will also need evidence for your employer of maintaining and improving your standards of professional practice, which is a professional obligation for all healthcare practitioners and now essential for revalidation to practice within the UK. Most importantly, CPD will impact on the safety and quality of the patient and carer experience by ensuring our patients receive the best possible evidence-based treatment and care.

Our courses are designed with busy healthcare professionals in mind and we aim to offer flexible and accessible CPD opportunities to support regional, national and international healthcare priorities across the South West Peninsula and beyond.

Improve your expertise

Our CPD opportunities include master classes with plenty of hands-on experience, workshops on commonly occurring difficulties and conferences featuring expert speakers. You can also choose to study the modules and components of our taught postgraduate programmes as short courses.

We deliver courses in various locations across the South West in formats to suit you, from face-to-face to distance learning, and even a blend of the two.

Programme content
We offer innovative approaches to the accrual of academic credit, offering a number of pathways to suit individual and professional requirements. The modules or components within our postgraduate programmes can be studied as short courses, either as credit or non-credit bearing depending on individual preference.

Special features
Our suite of CPD opportunities may take the form of short courses, master classes, conferences and events using ‘blended learning’ across traditional face-to-face and distance learning approaches.

Professional accreditation
CPD points awarded by Royal Colleges as available and appropriate.

Variable dependent on the specific CPD being studied.

Professional and Generic Skills Programme

A unique collaborative programme delivered across the Health Education South West (HESW) footprint.

The programme provides a unique combination of practice skills, knowledge and thinking to develop your career path as a clinical leader.

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Remote and Rural Practitioner

This short course is suitable for any clinician who will be using their skills in a remote, wilderness, expedition or rural setting. Covering topics such as cold exposure, heat illness, dentistry and mental health amongst others. 

Delivered through a mixture of scenarios, practical sessions, lectures and interactive debate, over two three day blocks. 

Dates for 2020: 9-11 March (John Bull Building, Plymouth) and 27-29 April (Residential Block in Dartmoor National Park – near Burrator).

Further information

Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences

Exceptional clinical and academic learning, social engagement and research in medicine, dentistry, nursing, psychology and health professions


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