Practice Development

  • Flexible study

    Study on a modular basis and so you don’t need to commit to the full course – learning at your own, comfortable pace

  • Excellent training

    You'll be taught by experienced practitioners and academics, who have experience of working in the NHS and a range of occupations

  • Research led

    Tutors carry out national and international research, are members of national advisory bodies and publish papers in their areas of expertise - which will enhance your learning

Our practice development framework comprises tailor-made continuing professional development (CPD) for all health care professionals including nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, radiographers, paramedics as well as non-qualified staff working in the health and social care sector.

What are Practice Development courses?

There are different and flexible funding options available – with the option to pay on a module by module basis or via a student loan.

Overview of the Practice Development Framework

Courses within this framework can be studied at a variety of levels, meaning that they are suitable for people from a wide range of educational backgrounds. The framework builds on prior learning so that you can bring in credits from other courses you may have studied.

We have many courses available at undergraduate and postgraduate level with many offering named pathway options. Use our full course search to see the full range of Practice Development options available;


You can also select from a range of bespoke negotiated and workbased learning modules which are tailored to individual and professional development needs. These bespoke modules can be used to evidence learning that is taking place within your workplace.

Individual Named Pathways 

  • Acute and Critical Care
  • Emergency Care
  • Enhanced Health Assessment
  • Long Term Conditions

We also run modules in the following subject areas: Management and Leadership, Mentorship, Non-medical prescribing, Research Methods, Evidence Based Practice, Safeguarding, Paramedic Practice, Occupational Health, Digital Health, Executive Coaching and Mentoring, Evaluation Methods, Physiology and Pathophysiology.

Many of our modules and courses are available by distance learning, we also use blended learning (an approach which involves a mixture of face-to-face and online learning) and provide one-to-one support through our established personal tutor system.

Making your application

If you work in an NHS Institution within the North West of England:

After you have decided which module you would like to study, you will need to check that you meet the entry criteria. If you are seeking funding from your employing Trust or CCG, the next step is to contact your CPD lead (training manager) for further advice.

If you wish to fund yourself:

You may be eligible to access a student loan if you are choosing to study a masters degree or top-up course. Single modules can also be paid for as you study.

Read more about Student Finance

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