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.

Mentor Programmes

Coming up

Over the next few months, the following courses will start:

 Type Level Start Date 

Non-Medical Prescribers: Independent and Supplementary Prescribing (v300)

Module Level 6/7 11 April 2018

Dual Diagnosis

Module Level 6 17 April 2018

Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in Adults in Primary and Secondary Care

Module Level 6 24 April 2018

Motivational interviewing for Community and Practice Nurses

Study day   1 May 2018

Sexual Health and Contraception: updating and building upon previous knowledge to inform practice

Study day   24 May 2018

Establishing Cardiovascular Risk (CHD in the community setting)

Study day   11 June 2018

ABPI Assessment and compression bandage therapy

Study day   22 June 2018

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. 

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.

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 and Academic Support

The Student and Academic Support team 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 and Academic Support office 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 and short courses (modules) 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 taught at our Heslington campus. Teaching and seminars usually take place once a week or once a fortnight.


 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 administrator in the Student and Academic Support Office on 01904 321321 or email dohs-ssprd@york.ac.uk for any further information.