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Health, science and wellbeing

Continuous professional development (CPD) and training

Reach new horizons with Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programmes delivered as part of the Centre for Health Innovation and enhance your skills and career potential.

We offer short courses as well as undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, all designed alongside professional bodies to make a positive difference to the quality of care from Level 3 (A-Level equivalent) to Level 8 (PHD).

Our courses cover a broad range of topics ranging from areas such as lifesaving, Research and Development, academic qualifications, and skills development for local communities. We also provide a wide range of academic qualifications including micro credentials and degree level qualifications.

All our courses are focused on life-long learning and skills development, and you’ll benefit from the very latest treatment simulation techniques and the expertise of our clinically experienced lecturers.

We also offer employers access to a large portfolio of flexible professional training, short courses, CPD masterclasses and bespoke training packages, while also providing access to progression pathways to higher education through micro-credentials. To find our more about how we can support your organisation, please email CHI@staffs.ac.uk.

Our Centre for Health Innovation is endorsed by INACSL whose Healthcare Simulation Standards Endorsement is designed to recognize healthcare institutions and practices that have demonstrated excellence in applying all four of the following simulation standards from the Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best PracticeTM (HSSOBPTM) in their educational simulation programs:

  • Prebriefing: Preparation and Briefing
  • Facilitation
  • Professional Integrity
  • Debriefing

Short Courses

 These are continuing professional development courses that can be delivered bespoke to institutions/NHS/Business or in some cased booked on to as individual candidates. For more information on any of these courses please email CHI@staffs.ac.uk  

Counselling supervision

This course will introduce students to the Seven-Eyed Model (Hawkins and Shohet, 1989) which is in keeping with the BACP (2021) Supervision Competency Framework.

CPR & Defibrillator Awareness

Did you know that if someone suffers a cardiac arrest outside a hospital and receives CPR from someone at the scene they are two to three times more likely to survive? If someone collapsed in front of you, would you know what to do? This course will provide you with skills that could potentially aid you to save a life.

Debriefing Effectively

This  one-day interactive course  allows participants to use a range of models in a variety of contexts including care settings, academic settings for teaching, learning and change.

Foundations of Simulation – Clinical

This two-day course is aimed at those new to simulation or who are considering implementing this within their work or area of practice e.g. hospital, community, social care setting, school, or college.

Foundations of Simulation – Non-Clinical

The course is not specific to any professional group and will provide all participants with the opportunity to design a simulation – based experience within their own setting by being guided through the process.

Immunisation Training for Healthcare Support Workers/Healthcare Assistants

This foundation course adheres to the National Minimum Standards for Immunisation Training (2015) and includes flu, pneumococcal, shingles vaccination and intranasal (spray) influenza for children (2-17 years. The first day is taught online via Teams, the second is face to face in the skills laboratory which also teaches injection technique.

Initial Cervical Sampler Training

This course is designed to meet the continuous professional development of healthcare staff involved in cervical cytology screening.

Simulation for Assessment

This one-day course will focus on creating scenarios for formative and summative assessment e.g., Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) using simulation and immersive technologies.

Zero Responder – First Response in an Emergency

Designed for non-healthcare staff such as, security staff, teachers, hospitality staff and others who may be first on scene in the event of an emergency. Learn how to effectively and respond in an emergency, including first line triage and treatment casualties.

Resuscitation Council UK accreditated courses


Resuscitation Council UK’s e-ALS course covers all the essential ALS skills in resuscitation.

Immediate Life Support (e-ILS)

e-ILS is a flexible way of learning skills in Immediate Life Support, and blends e-learning with face-to-face workshops.

Specialised courses

Individual Health Modules

Advanced Health Assessment

This module enables health care professionals to gain and expand knowledge and skills in the performance of advanced health assessment and clinical diagnostics across the lifespan.

Advanced Mental Health Practice

The purpose of this module is to enable you to gain and expand your knowledge and essential skills in advanced mental health practice as a health care professional.

Applied Anaesthetic Care

Are you a Registered Nurse looking to expand your scope of practice? Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills to gain competence in delivering anaesthetic care.

Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Healthcare

The module will facilitate the evaluation of teaching practice within the workplace from planning a teaching session, through to its delivery and evaluation. This will enable consideration of alignment between planning and delivery across the learning journey.

Assessment and Appraisal in Healthcare Education

Do you need to sharpen your skills in assessment and appraisal in healthcare education? This specialist module is designed to give you the latest skills to undertake valid and reliable assessments of teaching in the workplace.

Assessment of Patients with Minor Injuries

Are you a health professional looking to expand your knowledge on the assessment of children and adults with minor injuries? Join the experts at Staffordshire University and get the latest tools you need to make informed decisions in clinical environments.

Care and Management of Asthma and COPD

This module will develop knowledge, understanding and management of COPD and Asthma. The module is delivered by a wide multi-disciplinary team to give a holistic approach to care.

Care and Management of People with Diabetes mellitus

Are you a working health professional looking to develop a deeper understanding of the care of patients with diabetes? Join Staffordshire University and get access to the experts in the field that put you at the forefront of diabetes care.

Caring for people with long-term conditions

This course will give you an understanding (theory/knowledge) of why you do certain things as an HCA and provide practical ideas, hints, and tips to support your practice which will enable you to link theory to practice and enhance your role caring for patients with long term conditions.

Contemporary Issues in Healthcare Education

This module will help you to evaluate the contemporary role of education in healthcare. Educational delivery requires constant updates and revisions to ensure the ongoing contemporary requirements of professionals are met. This module assists with the identification of the social, economic and cultural factors that shape contemporary agendas.

Human Factors and Ergonomics

This module introduces the foundational principles of Human Factors/ Ergonomics (HF/E). It covers the scope of the science and how to take a systems approach to interactions between people and technology, environment, task, and other socio-technical system elements.

Independent and Supplementary Nurse Prescribing

This qualification will enhance your practice and your ability to complete episodes of care more effectively. Following completion, you will be eligible to register your qualification with the Nursing and midwifery Council (NMC) and subsequently prescribe a wide range of medicines from the British National Formulary (BNF).

Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Allied Health Professionals

This qualification will enhance your practice and your ability to complete episodes of care more effectively. Following completion, you will be eligible to register your qualification with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and subsequently prescribe a wide range of medicines from the British National Formulary (BNF).

Infection Prevention and Control

Equip yourself with the knowledge in bringing science and clinical practice together to prevent and control the spread of infections.


This leadership module aims to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to be an effective leader and implementer of change in clinical practice, regardless of your role or level within the clinical environment.

Leadership Role in Quality, Innovation and Change

Whether you want to build skills in leadership to advance in your career, or you want to brush up the latest skills and application of leadership in quality and innovation, this module is for you.

Pre-Hospital Practice Education

Do you need to sharpen your skillset as an educator in the field of pre-hospital practice? Join the experts at Staffordshire University on a module designed to promote you as a leader within a practice educator role.

Principles of Physical Assessment

Gain the physical examination skills you need to enhance patient care and optimise service provisions in your role as a nurse or health professional.

Research Methodology and Methods

Join the experts at Staffordshire University and develop an in-depth understanding of research methodology and methods. Academic research often favours a polysyllabic terminology, but often what is behind the long words is entirely compatible with our everyday understanding of the world!

Step up to Masters

This module will provide students with the knowledge and skills to be able to demonstrate their ability to function at Master’s Level.


Short courses

Introduction to Basic Counselling Skills

This ten week course provides an introduction to basic counselling skills and personal development. The course is suited for people who have little or no counselling experience who are interested in developing their counselling-related skills to either enhance their work or as the starting point for further training in counselling.

Long term courses

Clinical Biomechanics

Critical Appraisal Skills

This module has been designed to enable the students to undertake an in-depth critical appraisal of research methods currently used in healthcare research.

Gait Analysis

The focus of this module is on developing and extending the understanding of gait analysis equipment and its application in analysing normal and pathological human movement.

Mechanics of the Diabetic Foot

The effects of biomechanics of the lower limb specifically the foot are often overlooked in the management of the diabetic patient. The connection between locomotion changes and complications are often not made. This module is specifically set to look at these issues.

Spinal Mechanics

This module will introduce the growth and ageing of human spine and explore the biomechanical basis for clinical assessment and intervention.

Sports Biomechanics in Injury

The primary aim of this module is to focus on how the athlete and sports performer differ in their presenting pathology and management to that of a standard injury.

Tissue Stress

In this module you will study the effect of the stresses that act upon the tissues of the human body.

Social Work

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021