Community and Primary Care – study days

Within community and primary care, participation in professional development can lead to:

  • ensuring that your skills and knowledge are based on the latest evidence
  • utilising the most appropriate techniques
  • improvements to the provision of care within your practice.

By specialising in certain areas following a more in depth course many of the nurses and healthcare assistants are then able, with confidence, to manage that particular area of care.

Our portfolio of professional development provision is extending all of the time based on your requests, and we are able to offer the following study days:

2018 study days for nurses and healthcare assistants (HCAs)

We are currently working on the study day programme for 2018. For examples on the study days we have previously run please see the 2017 study day information below.

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Study days for nurses

Primary Ear Care Centre study day

A study day for nurses working within primary care and in nursing and care homes. The Primary Ear Care Centre study day is recognised as the gold standard for the country.

Date: 12 September 2017

Cost: £110

Asthma update (half day)

An update on the latest guidance, diagnosis and management and the challenges in asthma care.

Date: 29 September 2017, morning only

Cost: £55

COPD update (half day)

An update on diagnosis, assessment and how to use the combined assessment tool and case studies in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Date: 29 September 2017, afternoon only

Cost: £55

Introduction to operations management for those working in community-based healthcare

This two-day programme is for nurses with responsibility for the day to day running of departments or organisations. You will explore current key issues and develop practical skills and knowledge in designing effective systems and resource management.

Date: 10 and 17 November 2017

Cost: £250

Rotherham Ear Care Centre update session

This is the official Rotherham Ear Care Centre update for nurses who have already undertaken the Rotherham Ear Care Centre study day. It is recommended that nurses attend an update session every three years to keep their knowledge up to date.

Date: 16 November 2017

Cost: £55

Study days for healthcare assistants (HCAs)   

Ear care study day

An ear-care study day aimed at healthcare assistants. You will cover anatomy and physiology, the parameters of practice (such as legal issues, practice protocols, documentation and irrigation), procedure and practice.

Please note: you will need to have a mentor in practice who has attended the Primary Ear Care Centre study day and kept up to date with their ear care CPD.

Date: 31 October 2017

Cost: £115

Ear care update (half day)

An update session for healthcare assistants who have previously attended the ear care study day. 

Note: Updates are required every other year.

Date: 28 November 2017, morning only

Cost: £55

Study days for nurses and healthcare assistants (HCAs)

Venepuncture study day

A day specifically designed to equip nurses and healthcare assistants new to this task with the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to effectively and safely take blood in a general practice setting.

Date: 13 October 2017

Cost: £115


Please note the study days are generally taught in Exeter but we are able, and have in the past, taught at a variety of locations across the UK where there is demand and would be happy to consider any such request.

Study days lead

The study days lead is Fiona Cook.


Contact us - study days

If you would like further information on forthcoming study days please contact:

PDU Marketing

Level 4 Rolle Building

Plymouth University

Drake Circus




Call: +44 1752 586979