Specialist Skills Post Registration Development (SSPRD) 

Previously known as Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

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The Department of Health Sciences provides a flexible, dynamic and relevant SSPRD curriculum to meet the learning needs of the health and social care workforce.

What can I study?

Areas of Expertise

We tailor our SSPRD curriculum around eight areas of expertise and cater for a wide range of post registration education needs. Please select your area of interest below for a detailed list what we currently offer:

Study Days

If you need a quick and effective update in a specific clinical or therapeutic area, sign up to one of our one-day study days. We cover a wide range of topics currently including acute care, long-term conditions, sexual health and mental health and we are always happy to discuss your specific needs to organise bespoke training.

Short Courses (Modules)

Should you require more in-depth knowledge, skills and competencies,  enrol for a short course or module. Our modules are all taught on a part-time basis to fit around your work patterns and aim to put in place specific skills and competencies. All our modules carry academic credit points which you can use to contribute towards further study for a diploma, degree or masters level qualification.

Part-time Degree or Masters level Qualifications

We also offer range of part-time programmes leading to a diploma, degree or masters level qualification. These programmes all run on a part-time basis and are designed so that you can apply your learning directly to your area of practice.

Mentor Programmes

  • Mentor Preparation Programme (portfolio option only) - for mentoring nurses and midwives

Support Worker Education

The aim of our work-based learning courses is to support the development of healthcare support workers and to promote standards of care across all areas of practice.

Is SSPRD for me?

Why study with us?

You may want to study with us for many reasons. Our specialist skills and post-registration development modules can improve your understanding of your current role or can help you to gain extra skills and knowledge to help you with career advancement. You may also want to study for a diploma, degree or masters level qualification and feel that the best way forward is to do this on a part-time basis at your own pace.

Whatever your reasons to study, we have an excellent reputation for developing your knowledge and skills and enabling you to become a more confident and competent practitioner and helping you to make a direct and positive impact on the quality of the service you provide.

Who studies with us?

Our students tend to be not only nurses, midwives, paramedics and other practitioners, but also managers and researchers in the health and social care sector.

Primarily, our students work within the NHS, but we also have staff from the prison service, justice service and hospices. We also work with social services and the independent healthcare sector to ensure our programmes are relevant to the post-registration development needs of all health and social care staff.

Read what our students have to say.

Support offered

We realise that working and learning in healthcare settings can be a challenging experience, and there are a range of possible sources to help on academic, professional and personal issues.

Skills for Learning

This short course is ideal for those returning to academic study. It is web based, using links to established study skills programmes. It will help you to manage time and self-motivation, organisation, planning and using support effectively. It will help you develop a professional approach to your academic work.

For more information visit: www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/ssprd/modules-courses/skills/.

Personal Supervision

Once registered as a student, you will be allocated a personal supervisor who will provide academic and pastoral support. Your course leader will also provide you with direct support aimed at your individual needs

Student Information Service

The Student Information Service in the Department of Health Sciences acts as a first point of contact if you need information or assistance. This might be a query about a particular course or module or, if you are a current student, you might need advice and information about a specific issue relating to your current study.

The Student Information Service is located on the ground floor of the Seebohm Rowntree Building and can be contacted on 01904 321321 or email dohs-ssprd@york.ac.uk.

Why York?

At the Department of Health Sciences we offer:

  • a stimulating environment with a strong reputation for teaching and research excellence
  • a wide range of innovative and relevant modules and programmes that promote career development
  • programmes that underpin safe, high quality care and enable real service improvement
  • a flexible portfolio of study days, short courses (modules) and diploma, degree and masters level pathways to fit around your personal and professional life.

When can I study?

Our study days and short courses take place throughout the year.

Study days are single-day events.

Short courses typically last six to ten weeks and are delivered through distance learning or on our Heslington campus. Teaching and seminars usually take place once a week or once a fortnight.

Our part-time diploma, degree and masters level programmes take from two to five years to complete. Some programmes have a fixed duration, while some allow you to chose the pace at which to build your award by selecting modules with the help of our programme leaders and your manager.


 For information on funding, visit www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/ssprd/funding.


For information on how to apply visit www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/ssprd/apply

Contact the SSPRD Team at the Student Information Service on 01904 321321 or email dohs-ssprd@york.ac.uk for any further information.