Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
The ever increasing complexity of health care delivery
and the demand for continual improvement in service efficiency and effectiveness
necessitates clinicians and health care professionals to engage in continual
professional development to support a higher level of skill
acquisition and analytical ability.
As a qualified health care professional
you are expected to maintain your practice registration by
engaging in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) - for
information regarding the Nursing and Midwifery Council
(NMC) and the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) CPD
requirements click on the links to their websites below:
We currently offer a range of CPD
learning modes, including Pathways, Specialised Stand-Alone
Modules, Workshops and Bespoke Training
We currently offer a wide range of CPD learning
pathways which are suitable for a variety of fields of healthcare.
The structure, mode of delivery,
and level of support for our CPD programmes reflect our awareness of the
learning needs of contemporary practitioners. The curricula reflect the changing
focus of health care in the twenty first century.
The core components of the programmes are designed to
ensure graduates acquire attributes and skills which will enhance their
Applicants may choose from programmes and stand alone modules which
are accredited at an undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Click on the links below to see an
overview of the programme pathways we currently offer:
Alternatively for more in depth
information, please look at our programme specifications
If you are unable to find the information you require,
please contact us:
Stand Alone Modules
In addition to our pathways, we also offer
a number of stand alone modules. There are a number of
different subject areas, including Clinical Practice,
Leadership, Research, Professional Development, to name a
few. These modules can be offered in one of the University's
campuses (Colchester or Southend) or off campus (eg based in
a Healthcare Provider locality). In addition some include
face-to-face teaching, some are based on-line and some use a
blended learning approach.
For extensive details on these including when the modules are
running (Module Calendar), content, assessment requirements and contact details,
please view our Flyer page.
A module running is subject to sufficient numbers. If you are interested in
taking a specific module, please contact us directly.
Tuition fees for these modules and programmes can be
funded in a variety of ways:
- Payment by a Charitable Trust
If you are employed
through an NHS organisation within the East of England, we
currently have an annual contract with the East of England
Strategic Health Authority. As part of this contract
they support staff development through educational courses
and programmes of study.
If you hoping to receive assistance with funding and are
employed in this way, please check with your employer to see
if funding is available before accepting a place on the
For further guidance on funding for these programmes please see our
Funding and Scholarships page.
Further details on modular fees can be found here:
Accreditation of Prior Experiential Certified Learning
All CPD programmes at the School are
structured to facilitate flexible engagement and staged
development. The CPD programmes and stand alone modules may
be undertaken in a variable pattern of enrolment over a two
to five year period.
In addition to this we also recognise some
elements of previous academic learning and recent
professional experience that you may have completed. This is dependent on many factors, however, if
you are interested in this option, please discuss this with
the Director of Teaching and Learning -
Vikki-Jo Porteous-Butler - before
It is necessary to highlight any relevant prior learning
before you apply as the modules you wish to study may be dependent on
For further information on our Accreditation for Prior
(Experiential) Learning, please review the main
University of Essex Quality Enhancement pages.
How to apply:
If you are intending to follow a programme pathway,
please contact the relevant programme lead to discuss your
pathway plans. From this discussion an outline of your
pathway will be produced; although your plans may change
over time this helps us plan delivery of modules over the
coming years AND helps your sponsor to plan funding
arrangements as appropriate.
If you are interested in applying for a specific module,
you will need to complete the module application form which
can be found
Your application and funding
- If you are being funded by your employer,
please obtain your line managers signature once you have completed the application
form including how payment will be made and forward to your Education Liaison Manager
- If you are self-funded - please complete the application
form, providing the required information and forward to our
Contracts Administrator, who will then instruct
you on how to make payments.
- If you are being funded by a charitable organisation,
please complete the application form, with the signature of
the person providing the funds and the way in which they
will be paying, and forward to our
Contracts Administrator, who will then instruct
your sponsor on how to make payments..
Once we have received your signed and completed
application form we will write to confirm if you have been
successful in gaining a place.
For further information on these pathways and modules, please contact our CPD
Health and Human Sciences
University of Essex
T 01206 873375
E cpd (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create
the full e-mail address)