Training and revalidation

Published on 15 Mar, 2017

Basic and intermediate life support training (annual)

Resuscitation Council recommends that clinical staff should update their skills annually. This is usually arranged on an individual practice or federation basis.

E-learning modules are shortly to be made available through the resuscitation council website and e-learning for health have a basic life support in primary care module. Go to to find out more.

Cervical cytology (Initial training followed by three-yearly updates)

Initial training is usually supplied through a university. They will have differing entry criteria but you usually need to have been in your current role for a set time before applying. This training is currently no longer provided at York University and new providers are currently being negotiated by Health Education England.  The details of the latest training available are:

The North East Yorkshire and the Humber Quality Assurance Regional Centre

The e-learning component of the update is available at Completed e-learning certificates should be sent to

Immunisation training (annual)

An initial two days of training followed by annual half day updates. This is currently provided by Public Health England at Hull University.

Specific training on PGD’s can be found on the e-learning for Healthcare website at Search for the PGD module.

Questions and Green Book support about vaccinations is available online

Safeguarding training     

Level 3 Safeguarding children workshops are arranged and facilitated by WPEM Limited and experienced professionals from Harrogate Foundation Trust Safeguarding Children Team.

The training is based on the competencies identified in the Intercollegiate Document Safeguarding Children and Young People: Roles and Competencies for Health Professionals (2014).

Level 3 Safeguarding Training is required for all clinicians who regularly work with families including children.

York and North Yorkshire designated professionals recommend that core clinicians should receive a minimum of 12-16 hours of training over a three year period. As safeguarding advice is constantly updated it is considered best practice to receive, where possible, annual updates of approx. four hours at session as opposed to bulk updates.

WPEM will continue to invite GPs and nursing staff to level 3 updates. The workshops will be offered in sessions of three hours at regular intervals of the year.  The content will be updated on a rolling annual basis from April to March.

Smoking cessation training (initial training session)

For those of you still signed up to provide a smoking cessation service, the training requirements, booking forms and online training can be found at

Training and development opportunities via e-Learning

Other training and development opportunities are available via the e-learning portal

There is a vast catalogue of free e-learning materials available that covers a massive range of subject areas. Go to

Another site that offer a wide range of free online courses from a variety of institutions is

E-Learning for Health is a Health Education England programme that works in partnership with NHS professional bodies offering an entire course book on learning in primary care. Go to

Education for Health offers free eLearning for some respiratory and diabetes subject areas. Find out more at

For details of The University of York’s modules go to

University of York study day information is available at

District nursing and GP Practice nursing framework

From page 36 of this document there is guidance from Health Education England on what the nursing roles in a GP surgery are and the training and expectations for the various roles from Health Care Assistant to Assistant Practitioner to Advanced Nurse Practitioner are.

It is  a general guide but really useful in developing the nurse teams and providing structure. Read the RCN guide to nursing pay structure which again is guidance only.


Revalidation is the process that all nurses and midwives in the UK need to follow to maintain their registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Revalidation is required every three years and your personal revalidation dates can be found on the NMC website

Revalidation is straightforward but it does require some pre-planning. It is advised to start gathering information pre-revalidation about six months before your revalidation date. The NMC has very user friendly information and templates to be used for revalidation. The process helps nurses to demonstrate that they practise safely and effectively. It encourages reflection on the role of the Code and demonstration that nursing staff are 'living' the standards within it.

Application for revalidation online need to be submitted before the beginning of the month that revalidation is due, so it’s very important to have an NMC Online account set up. Information and instructions to revalidate are available on the site.

Remember - Practice Nurse Forums count towards CPD that is required for revalidation.