Training and revalidation

Published on 29 August 2019

This page is designed to show some of the revalidation and training opportunities available to general practice nurses and advanced health practitioners in the Vale of York. If there are any further courses and topics you would like to add to this section, please get in touch.

Upcoming Training Events

Title Date and Venue Time Content Booking Details
Suicide Beraevement Training

Tuesday 10 September at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. 


9:00 Registration for 9:30-4:30 event Training for those who come into contact with or responsible for the care of those bereaved or affected by suicide, in a professional capacity. Lunch and refreshments are provided, cost £250 plus VAT per person. For more information and booking please visit this link 
Practice Nurse and HCA Research Event Monday 16 September at Cloth Hall Court, Qubec Street, Leeds. LS1 2HT. 12:00-3:30 NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) are hosting a follow up event to their practice research forum that took place in March. The agenda to this event can be found through this link, and includes updates on the upcoming CANAssess study around palliative care and ATTACK (Aspirin To Target Arterial events in Chronic Kidney Disease) study.

To book your place please respond to  by Monday 19th August. If there is an insufficient number of attendees the event may need to postponed until later in the year.

Motivational Interviewing Study Day

Thursday 19 September at The Studio, Manchester. MF1 1FN

Further dates are available in Manchester, Ashford, London, Bristol, Cambridge and Leicester.


A series of opportunities to take part in motivational interviewing training is available throughout Autumn 2019.

Motivational interviewing is a style of communication with patients designed to be reflective and guiding in nature.



For more information please follow this link
Children and Adults Safeguarding Hot Topics Education for Primary Care 

Tuesday 1 October at Derwent Group Practice, Norton Road, Malton. YO17 9RF

For further dates please follow this link

9:30-12:00 The designated safeguarding professionals covering Vale of York are offering 14 education sessions accross the year 2019-20, with venues accross the area. The sessions are designed for all level 3 staff within primary care, topics include modern slavery, county lines, perinatal mental health pathway and mental health support. To book please contact Claire Botterill
Carers Awareness Information Training

Tuesday 1 October at West Offices, Station Rise. York, YO1 6GA.

Further date arranged for Monday 3 February 2020 at the same venue and time.

1:30-4:00 York Carers Centre are offering further introductory sessions on Identifying and Supporting Unpaid Carers. Tea and coffee will be available at the sessions. To book please contact or call 01904 551773
Advanced Clinical Practitioner Conference Monday 07 October at  Horizon Leeds, 2 Brewery Wharf, Leeds, LS10 1JR TBC

The conference will provide an opportunity to share good practice, identify the challenges and opportunities in developing advanced clinical practice in the workplace Hear how the proposed HEE Academy of Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP) are:

• Developing and supporting national roles which are transferable

• Working in partnership with Post Graduate Medicine to ensure high quality programmes

• Developing new ACP clinical pathways, with associated curriculum/standards • Establishing a robust credentialing process for each ACP pathway

• Developing an equivalence route to credentialing for existing practitioners

• Ensuring a register is in place, and the required clinical governance process, for each ACP pathway

Further information on booking to follow

Quality Improvement Programme for Practice Nurses 

Thursday 10 to Friday 11 October at York venue TBC 2 day programme

NHS England’s training scheme is available to all general practice nurses and is designed to build skills and confidence to make quality improvements within practice. For more information and to book a place, please view the flyer.

The deadline for applications is 10 August 2019
Nursing Associate: Deployment and Sharing Best Practice Conference

Wednesday 16 October at Leeds or York Venue TBC

Wednesday 30 October at Liverpool or Manchester Venue TBC

  • Celebrate the introduction of a new regulated member of the Nursing and Midwifery workforce
  •  Share how organisations across the region have pioneered and embraced the role to positively impact on patient outcomes and experience
  •  Hear practical examples of how our first qualified Nursing Associates have been deployed

To register your interest for the conference please send your name, organisation, email address and preferred date to

Further information around this event will be circulated shortly

Preventing Infection Course (Fully Booked) Monday 21- Tuesday 22 October at Harrogate District Hospital, HG2 7SX TBC This 2 day course is designed for Infection Prevention Leads to help you meet CQC educational requirements. This is an depth course providing opportunity to visit the Microbiology Lab and Sterile Services Department. Also included are bespoke sessions from Consultant Microbiologists.

To book please contact Infection Prevention Control on 01423 557340. For more information please follow this link


Skills for Health have launched a suite of infographics around apprenticeships in primary care in support of National Apprenticeship Week 2019.

 Resources are available providing detail on:

Advanced Clinical Practitioner Courses

  • Advanced clinical practitioners come from a range of professional backgrounds such as nursing, pharmacy, paramedics and occupational therapy. They are healthcare professionals educated to Masters level in and have developed the skills and knowledge to allow them to take on expanded roles and scope of practice caring for patients. For more information on the role from Health Education England, please access their website.
  • The University of Hull is now offering a September start date for their Advanced Practice MSc course. For further details and applications forms, please visit  the University web pages.
  • The University of York are delivering a 3 year part time course for the Advanced Clinical Practice MSc, beginning September 2019. This course provides preparation for individuals working as Advanced Clinical Practitioners in either primary or secondary care. For more details about the course and to apply please visit this link

Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice (Alcohol IBA) – Free Training

Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice (Alcohol IBA) helps health professionals to identify those individuals whose drinking might impact their health, now or in the future and to deliver simple, structured advice aimed at reducing this risk. Free training is being offered to all practices in the City of York area. It can be delivered in various formats and at a location to suit you and will focus on the following:

  • What is Alcohol IBA?
  • Screening alcohol use/consumption
  • Offering brief advice
  • How and when to refer in to community alcohol services
  • Opportunity to practice delivering Alcohol IBA.

 The training is based on a robust evidence-base. It is known that simple structured feedback and motivational advice lasting a few minutes is effective in reducing health risks from alcohol, including hypertension, CHD, mouth, throat and breast cancers and many other conditions. Recipients reduce their alcohol intake by an average of 15% following one session of brief advice.

This training is delivered by Public Health team at City of York Council. For further information please contact Phil Truby on 01904 553959. 


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.



Macmillan Learnzone is a free resource from Macmillan Cancer Support aimed at professionals, patients and carers. Anyone can create their own account and use the resources on the site. All you need to do is click on:

If you require further information please contact Liz Crisp, Macmillan Partnership Manager.


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:

Leeds Beckett University 

Cervical Screening Training

The e-learning component of the update is available through this link 



A Diabetes Locally Enhanced Service is offered to Primary Care in York. To take advantage of this it is recommended that at least one nurse and one GP from each surgery attend one full day of diabetes education every two years as a minimum. The Community Diabetes Team in York to deliver workshops which will be offered in three-hourly sessions at regular intervals throughout the year. The content will be updated on a rolling annual basis which will run June to June. This will provide nine hours training annually – additional/alternative training can be made up through e-learning, CP supervision, multi-agency training, etc

The afternoons are free to attend and have been arranged specifically for local primary care health care professionals who have an interest in diabetic medicine. Meetings will be led by Tara Kadis, Lead Diabetes Nurse, York Hospital and specialist colleagues from the Community Diabetes Team.

For more information please find the poster through this link


Functional Skills Funding- Guide for NHS Staff

  • The Educational Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) are offering the free delivery of English and Maths Functional skills qualifications with JM1Qualifications. The course is delivered online and delivery can therefore fit around shift patterns; offering a flexible study option. English and Maths have been a barrier to a number of NHS staff applying to the new higher and degree level apprenticeships, as they are often essential entry requirements; therefore the hope is for this course to help support progression to higher levels of study.  To express an  interest, please follow this link
  • Available through this link is guidance on how to obtain replacements for damaged or defaced functional skills certificates received in or since 2001, and how to evidence qualifications if certificates have been mislaid.
  • Health Education England have extended their offer of functional skills training, more information of which can be found through this link.


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.
  • Immunisation Training is also provided by Haxby Group and can be accessed through this link
  • Questions and Green Book support about vaccinations is available online through this link.
  • Immunisation and vaccination e-learning refresher Skills for Health have launched an online update course. In compliance with the National Minimum Standards and Core Curriculum for Immunisation Training, you should have already completed foundation training in immunisation/vaccination prior to completing this course. Modules in the course include introduction to UK national immunisation policy, immunology for vaccinators and vaccine preventable diseases. To access the course, please follow this link.


Leadership and Management Training Programmes

  • The Leadership Academy offers a variety of programmes to suit different levels of experience and background in nursing and other healthcare roles.
  • For more information on the Mary Seacole Leadership Programme please follow this link.
  • For more information on the Rosalind Franklin Leadership Programme please follow this link
  • Our Primary Care Workforce Hub  offers a Leadership and Management Development Programme, which is not specific to nurses but aimed at any developing managers in general practice. Nurse team leaders and managers as well as admin team leaders and junior managers attend. For further information please contact:  Lisa Billingham, Training Manager at    Haxby Group Training or call 01482 303986. The application form is available on through this link. Alternatively more information can be found on their website


Non Medical Prescriber Courses

  • The University of York deliver a non-medical prescribing course for independent and supplementary prescribing, following a curriculum developed by NHS England and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. For further information please visit the University website.


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.

E-Learning for safeguarding children and young adults can be accessed through this link


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 through this link.

Suicide Intervention

York MIND has been commissioned to deliver six Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) two-day workshops over the next 12 months with funding from CYC Public Health and York Safeguarding Adults Board.

Places on later ASIST workshops are likely to get snapped up quickly. Those held to date have been very well received with excellent feedback, mainly from people in front line roles from a variety of roles including clinicians.  Training for around150 people in total and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis by Workforce Development Unit. If ASIST is of interest to you and you live or work in York please follow the below link to register interest and find out proposed dates and venue.


Supporting Physical Activity 

Public Health England in Partnership with Sport England and Burdett Nursing Trust has developed a Physical Activity Clinical Champion Programme for Health Professionals.

The Programme offers peer-to-peer training, that aims to equip allied health professionals, nurses, midwives and doctors with the knowledge and skills that they need to promote physical activity in their routine clinical contacts.

If you would like a free Physical Activity Clinical Champions training session for your team please email Katey Burnett

For further information on the project you can also contact Public Health England


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. For further information please follow this link.

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

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. 

Education for Health offers free eLearning for some respiratory and diabetes subject areas. 


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.


Further Useful Resources

Training Provider Information
Health Education England Funded Training Catalogue Please follow this link to access a catalogue of all training currently commissioned and funded by Health Education England.
Hull York Medical School ACP Training

As part of an initiative to develop multi-professional learning,  Hull and York Medical Schools are welcoming trainee ACPs in years 1 and 2 of  the MSC Advanced Practice course onto relevant sessions of GP Speciality Training. This is a great opportunity for different professional groups to learn together and from each other and also supports and compliments the learning in practice component of the advanced practice MSc. Places are limited so please discuss with your supervisor the sessions which you feel will benefit you the most. In York we ask that you book into one session only. Places must be booked as follows:

For York: Contact: Fatima Kuddus/Beth Taylor,

City of York Council: Workforce Development Training Unit

City of York Council’s Workforce Development Unit offer a large number of training sessions relevant to the practice nursing.

To view and book on to these courses you will need to register for a MyLo account through this link

For any queries please contact:

Leeds Beckett University Short Courses

Leeds Beckett University is offering specialist skills post registration development (SSPRD) courses tailored to Primary Care. Details of all courses can be found here

University of York Modules and Study Days

The University offer a large number of specialist skills post registration development (SSPRD) courses which can be accessed through this link. 

Also available are study days and workshops relevant for general practice. Information on any planned sessions can be found through this link

Haxby Group Training

Haxby Group offer a series of interactive courses designed for both clinicians and support staff, these include both scheduled sessions that can be booked onto and bespoke training. Further information on training available in 2019 can be found through this link and on other programmes offered through this link.

Humber, Coast and Vale Excellence Centre

The Excellence Centre brings together employers from Health and Social Care, independent and voluntary sectors, along with education and training providers.  Their ambition is to improve access to high quality learning opportunities for all care and support staff.  Their aim is to reduce unnecessary duplication, strengthen connectivity and scale up good practice, innovation and transformation.  In collaboration we can recruit, retain and develop our workforce more effectively, improving the experience and  outcomes of those accessing services across Humber, Coast and Vale.  Working in partnership with the National Skills Academy for Health, Skills For Care and Health Education England.