Continuing Professional Development

If you are thinking about embarking on some continuing professional development (CPD) training, Bucks New University is a leading provider in this area.

We have won awards for our professional development programmes, and many of our courses are recognised by the leading professional bodies and associates.

Our lecturers maintain clinical currency by working in practice to ensure you receive the most up-to-date insights and training. And we have invested in state-of-the-art facilities – so that you can practise and hone your skills in high quality labs, studios and workshops.

We have recently won the following awards for our health and social care CPD courses:

  • winner of the Teaching Excellence category, the Guardian University Awards 2016
  • winner at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2015 and 2016.

We also played a leading role in an education programme which has won the Health Education England Chair’s Recognition Award for Innovation – and we were shortlisted in the Workforce category of the 2016 HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards.

We know it’s important to get recognition for the study you do. Many of our courses are recognised by professional bodies and associates such as the College of Policing, Business Continuity Institute (BCI), Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC), British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), to name a few.

Our Uxbridge Campus is home to our prestigious nursing and healthcare practice courses and offers advanced simulated clinical skills suites, including a dedicated post-qualifying area. These well-equipped facilities also have an excellent range of child and adult simulation manikins – and we have a fully functional simulation suite, including an operating theatre and recovery room.

As we have such a range of courses, we make sure our High Wycombe Campus is well-equipped for your needs. We’ve got four storeys of books, journals and computer suites in our learning resources centre. With our electronic services, you don’t even need to be in the library to study.

Some of our professional development courses are held at our Aylesbury Vale Campus. In addition to modern teaching spaces, the campus has two technology centres plus a Cyber Resilience Centre and an Assisted Living Lab which provides training courses to healthcare professionals.

We work in partnership with a number of employers including NHS trusts and healthcare organisations in London and the Home Counties, the Armed Forces and the Business Continuity Institute, to develop and provide new training courses for students  .

Our wealth of experience and expertise enables us to offer bespoke training programmes. These programmes can be taught on-site to organisations, including healthcare services,  NHS trusts and the Armed Forces, who require a specific area of care to be addressed. If your organisation is interested in working with us to develop a bespoke training programme, please email us.

Considering a course with us? Find out about:

  • How to apply – you’ll need to apply for a place on one of our CPD courses directly, by completing our online application form or by booking a place on our online store. We have also included information about  ‘Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL)’.
  • Fees and funding – find out what funding might be available to you, including professional and career development loans, postgraduate loans and other student finance. NHS and employer sponsorship could be another option

Training leaders in the NHS
We’re working with several large NHS trusts and private healthcare providers to train their senior managers in leadership skills. Each programme is completely bespoke to meet the client’s specific needs. By taking a practical approach, we help leaders build their strengths and use them in the work situation.

The training can look at anything from understanding personality traits to managing team dynamics and personal communications. As well as the training, we also include a service improvement project, recommending changes to trusts and providers to help them enhance their service. During the final session of the programme, delegates can present their ideas on how to improve service to senior staff. Many of the ideas have already been adopted by the trusts we’re working with.

So far we’ve worked with London North West Hospital Trust, Hillingdon Hospital Trust, Milton Keynes University Hospital Trust and Nuffield Hospitals. More than 250 staff have attended our training sessions to date.

Watch this video for more information.

A new concept for charity retail shops
We’ve joined forces with local and national charities and a big name on the high street to create an innovative training programme. Our Retail Academy for the Voluntary Sector is a six-month course that helps charities make sure their retail shops are as successful as possible.

The course focuses on vital aspects like leadership skills, managing volunteers and visual merchandising. We aim to give volunteers invaluable skills to help them in their roles, and have partnered with John Lewis in High Wycombe to give delegates a day-long training workshop in a department store.

We have already helped The Clare Foundation, Willen Hospice and Rennie Grove Hospice Care, ensuring that the charities become more business-savvy. The course is so successful that it was shortlisted in the Charity Times Awards 2016.

Helping social workers and social care staff
We’ve joined forces with Aylesbury College and Buckinghamshire County Council to create The Social Work Academy. The Academy aims to improve supply and retention of social workers and care staff in the area by giving them a clear training route into their career.

The Academy includes a range of support, including masterclasses with leading academics and social work professionals, as well as courses designed to help newly qualified learners build their skills.

We also offer a range of safeguarding skills study days for professionals who want to expand their knowledge and abilities. Delegates can also enroll in work-based learning to help them explore different aspects of social work and learn from other people within the healthcare and caring professions.