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 module many of the nurses 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:

Autumn/winter 2017 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

Minor illness and minor injury

This module is taught over six days and focuses on the management of minor illness and minor injury problems commonly presented to nurses within settings such as general practice, schools and HM Prison Service.

For further information on the module content, entry requirements, cost of this module and how to apply please visit the module page.

Introduction to operations management for those working in community based health care

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

Autumn/winter 2017 study days for nurses and healthcare support workers

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

Autumn/winter 2017 study days for healthcare support workers  

Award of certificate of professional development (CPD) in health care support (general practice)

A module made up of ten study days providing healthcare assistants working in General Practice with cost effective, high quality, competency focused education and a valued qualification.

For further information on the module content, entry requirements, cost of this module and how to apply please visit the module page.

Core skills for health care assistants new to working in General Practice

A two day introduction to key features of the role of the healthcare assistant in General Practice, understanding consent and confidentiality, infection control, chaperoning and developing effective communication skills.

Date: 6 and 20 September 2017

Cost: £220

Measurements and investigations

A one day course for healthcare assistants new to General Practice focusing on measuring blood pressure, pulse, an introduction to ECGs, urinalysis and basic knowledge on blood tests – why are they taken, where do they go and how they are linked to QOF targets.

Date: 4 October 2017

Cost: £110

Health promotion, behaviour change and obesity management

A one day course specifically designed to equip healthcare assistants with the skills for giving effective and appropriate dietary and lifestyle advice to adult patients at risk from the consequences of being overweight, obesity and diabetes including opportunistic health promotion and motivational techniques.

Date: 18 October 2017

Cost: £110

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

Atrial fibrillation, INR testing and anticoagulation

This study day is for healthcare assistants involved in or assisting with INR testing, atrial fibrillation and anticoagulation monitoring and management.

Date: 8 November 2017

Cost: £110

Tissue viability and wound management

A study day for healthcare assistants working in General Practice including an insight into the healing process, which dressings are appropriate, documentation and helping with minor operations.

Date: 22 November 2017

Cost: £110

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

Pernicious anaemia and B12 injections study day

Define the part played by vitamin B12 in health with this study day for healthcare support workers. You will gain a basic understanding of the underlying conditions which are treated with this therapy, guidelines for safe use including working within the legal requirements of delegated responsibility, patient information and education including reporting and adverse reactions and managing side effects.

Date: 5 December 2017

Cost: £110

How to apply - modules

Please visit the module webpage for information on how to apply.  


Please note the courses 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.

You can also contact the Professional Development Unit with any queries

Professional Development Unit, Level 4 Rolle Building, Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA United Kingdom

9.00am to 4.30pm