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Healthcare Professional Development Courses

Our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) framework is a great way for practitioners and health service providers to meet and advance their standards of practice.

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Our course values are rooted in a commitment to practice excellence and professional development. We aim to equip our students with the capabilities to deliver a safe, holistic and person-centred service.

The CPD framework is designed to meet the continuing professional development needs of the post-registration healthcare workforce. It allows health professionals to accumulate credits towards post-registration academic awards and develop specialist knowledge and understanding.

Several of these courses are co-produced by NTU and senior clinical experts from Nottingham University Hospitals Trust. This co-delivery of education will enable learners to benefit from both clinical and academic expertise, providing a collaborative approach to professional development.

Study routes

Students have 2 routes of study:

Students can choose to study two 30 credit modules in Specialist Practice and upon successful completion will be awarded a professional certificate (level 6) or a postgraduate certificate (level 7). They can then either opt to complete their studies at this point or continue with further modules to achieve either a BSc (Hons) or MSc in their specialism.

Alternatively, students can enrol onto the BSc (Hons) or MSc and complete the Evidence in Clinical Practice module (level 6) or Research Methods in Nursing Health and Social care (level 7) (30 credits) prior to undertaking their speciality modules.

Collaborative Specialist Pathways

Delivered with Nottingham Universities Hospitals Trust.

Critical Care

The programme enables students to demonstrate proficiency in the leadership and management of the critically ill patient. It encourages students to bring together theoretical knowledge and experiential learning to influence professional practice in the field of critical care. The course is mapped against national standards for critical care and students are expected to demonstrate competencies in the specialism during their programme.


The course values are rooted in a commitment to practice excellence, and in the development and delivery by staff of services to people living with frailty and complex comorbidity. To enable this, the course is co-produced by NTU, NUH and Nottingham CityCare (Nottinghamshire Health and Social Care Partnership); and developed with clear leadership from senior clinical experts. The course is aligned to National Standards of the Frailty Core Capabilities Framework, (Skills for Health September 2018) and the British Geriatrics Society guidance on standards of care.


The course enables students to enhance anaesthetic healthcare through contemporary research-informed, evidenced-based teaching and learning.  It aims to contribute to regional, national and international developments in anaesthetic nursing through the promotion of interdisciplinary, agency and inter-professional education approaches to learning and practice.

The course is aligned to the National Standards for British Anaesthetic and Recovery Nurses Association (BARNA) and the National Core Curriculum for Perioperative Nursing.

BSc Leading and Innovating

The programme was designed to support nurses and healthcare practitioners (including ward leaders) to obtain degree level qualification. It is of particular interest to nurses and healthcare professions who have an initial registration at certificate or diploma level.

The course allows for critical evaluation of evidence in clinical practice to inform service delivery. This enables students to improve clinical outcomes along with patient and staff experience. The course also facilitates the development of leadership and innovation skills to empower clinical staff to construct improvement initiatives and local innovations, implement them and evaluate the outputs from such endeavours

NTU delivered courses

Urgent and Emergency Care Course

The Urgent and Emergency Care Course is designed to support practitioners working in emergency and urgent care settings to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of how to assess and manage patients presenting for unscheduled care.

It aims to enable students to meet relevant academic and professional practice standards, in order to enhance critical appraisal and creativity in Emergency and Urgent Care practice.

This can be studied as a certificate or a top up degree which may be of interest for paramedics or other professions working in the urgent care field.

Emergency and Urgent Care Practice - Postgraduate Certificate in / Professional Certificate

Independent / Supplementary non-medical prescribing for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals

The principle aim for this 26 week course is to provide post-registration qualification in independent/supplementary non-medical prescribing for nurses and allied health professionals resulting in annotation on the NMC or HCPC register.  It can be accessed as a stand-alone course, as part of the MSc in Advancing Practice.

The course is fully mapped to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Competency for All Prescribers.

Independent / Supplementary non-medical prescribing for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals

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