Education Information

University Hospitals Plymouth (UHP) NHS Trust is committed to developing staff to reach their full potential by investing time and funding into personal and continuous professional development (CPD).

The Department of Professional Healthcare Education situated within UHP offers many educational and training opportunities and clinical services delivered by dynamic and professional teams.

Organigram of the education department teams



Continuous Professional Development

Decisions regarding CPD should be undertaken for individual staff via appraisal with their line manager to determine a personal development plan with a focus on role development, service and workforce requirements.

Examples of CPD:

  • Masterclasses
  • Attending Conferences
  • Upskilling
  • Accredited modules
  • Non-accredited modules
  • Study days
  • Specialist courses
  • Virtual and distance learning


This list is not exhaustive


Academic Modules

Support and funding is available for staff to undertake module activity within academic pathways both at degree, masters and advance practice.

Additional to this, via academic partnership with the University of Plymouth a large suite of clinical modules are available and delivered via specialist teams within UHP.


Portfolio of Academic Partnership Modules:

  • Contemporary Issues in the Care of the Newborn (HEAB396)
  • Intensive Care for the Neonate (HEAB397)
  • Holistic Neonatal Assessment and Clinical Management (HEAD375/ANNP701)
  • Management of Infection Prevention (HEAC334)
  • Applied Physiology in Critical Illness (HEAC327)
  • Core Concepts of Critical Care (HEAC329)
  • Advanced Concepts of Critical Care (HEAC328)
  • Advancing the Care and Support of the Person with Dementia and their Carer (HEAD347/APP732)
  • Tissue Viability: Core Knowledge for Practice (HEAD339)
  • Principles and Practice of Cardiothoracic Surgical Care (HEAD348)
  • Specialist Cardiothoracic Critical Care (HEAD384)
  • Assessment, Management and Escalation of the Acutely ILL Adult (HEAD346/APP737)


For details on CPD or information regarding any of the modules above, please contact:  or Telephone (01752) 431759 Internal Ext: 31759


International Recruitment OSCE Training Programme

A comprehensive Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) training programme is in place to support our internationally recruited nurses to achieve their final OSCE Exam to register with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).


Physical Interventions Team

The Physical Interventions Team deliver training for physical interventions (Breakaway and Restraint) for staff working in high risk areas.

The team provide a clinical service offering advice and support (Monday to Friday 0800-1600) with regard to the safe care and management of patients presenting with behaviours of concern.

For training enquiries please contact :

For advice regarding the use of physical interventions or in the management of challenging behaviours please contact:


Resuscitation Team

The resuscitation team provide a clinical service and a wide range of resuscitation courses which provides mandatory training to all healthcare professionals within UHP. Nationally accredited courses are held on a regular basis for internal and external candidates.

We work in line with the latest research and guidelines from the Resuscitation Council (UK), Nursing and Midwifery Council, British Medical Association, Healthcare Professions Council and the British Heart Foundation. The resuscitation service provides advice and guidance to all staff across the Trust regarding resuscitation-related issues.

The department constantly reviews research and evidence to improve standards and practice in consultation with the resuscitation committee. The team regularly network with other acute trusts' resuscitation departments and emergency care providers.

The following courses are available:


Life Support Training

Immediate Life Support (ILS) Course

Paediatric Immediate Life Support (pILS) Course

Newborn Life Support (NLS) Course

Advanced Life Support (ALS) Course

Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) Course          

Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Course

Advanced Resuscitation of the Newborn Infant (ARNI) Course

Managing Obstetric Emergencies and Trauma (MOET) Course

European Trauma Course (ETC)

Generic Instructors Course (GIC)

Basic Life Support (BLS) Train the Trainer

Manual Defibrillation Course

First Aid at Work Course


For further information please e-mail the Life Support Training Mailbox


Medical Device and Medical Gas Training Team

We are involved in every aspect of medical device and medical gas training and help design, develop and deliver teaching sessions every year ranging from; face to face, lectures, bespoke training and on line-learning. We work closely with the National Association of Medical Device Educators and Trainers (NAMDET).


Medical Device and Medical Gas Training

Suction (Wall/Portable) “Train the Trainer”

NG Tube “Train the Trainer”

Nasal Gastric Retention Device

Entonox Training

RIG/PEG Tube Care “Train the Trainer”

Volumetric Pump, Fresenius Volumat MC Agilla “Train the Trainer”

Syringe Pump, Fresenius Injectomat MC Agilla “Train the Trainer”

Baxter “Train the Trainer”

PCA “Train the Trainer”

Bodyguard 545 & 595 Nerve Block (LAI) Infusions “Train the Trainer”

McKinley T34 Syringe Pump “Train the Trainer”

Amika Feeding Pump “Train the Trainer”

ANTT “Train the Trainer

Medical Gas Training


For further information please e-mail the Medical Device Mailbox


Moving and Handling Team

The Moving and Handling Team work in line with the National Back Exchange, Nursing and Midwifery Council and Manual Handling Regulations.

As a team we provide a Trust wide clinical service for patients with complex moving and handling needs, and advice and guidance to non-clinical areas, supporting  complex handling tasks. In addition to this we provide support with moving and handling risk assessments , review and provide support to ensure safe practice is embedded  for both the safety of staff and patients within the organisation. 

The team provide ongoing support and guidance working in conjunction with moving and handling key workers who act as the local resource to conduct / assess moving and handling competencies within clinical practice as part of the mandatory update training.

We work closely with other Trusts and the Local Back Exchange for the Southwest. The local group promotes the exchange and dissemination of information, ideas and works collaboratively with a vision of excellence in all aspects of moving and handling.


Moving and Handling Training

Moving and Handling Clinical Key Worker Course

Moving and Handling non –Clinical Key Worker course

Moving and Handling update clinical Key Worker course

Medical Moving and Handling  Induction Course

Clinical Moving and Handling Induction Course

Non - Clinical Moving and Handling Induction Course

New to Care Moving and Handling Induction Course

International Nurses Induction Moving and Handling Course

Upskilling Moving and Handling  Course  

For any information please contact

To contact the team Internal : 39054 External:439054 for urgent advice bleep 81413



Placement Development Team

The Placement Development Team (PDT) is responsible for the support of non-medical learners and ensures the provision of high quality educational placements within the Trust.

Learners include:

  • Pre-registration student nurses and midwives
  • Nurse degree apprentices
  • Trainee nursing associate apprentices
  • Return to practice nursing students
  • Allied health professional students

The PDT in collaboration with the University of Plymouth prepares Supervisors and Assessors to meet the NMC standards of supervision and assessment.

Contact details for PDT team

To book Practice supervisor/assessor training:

Contact details for TNA Educator



An innovative and comprehensive Preceptorship programme is delivered over 6 days through a blended learning approach to all newly registered nurses, midwives, nursing associates and Operating Department Practitioners (ODP’s). A bespoke preceptorship programme has been developed to support our International nurses transition through NMC registration following their OSCE’s. The preceptorship lead provides support and professional advice to newly registered staff (preceptees) .

Contact details for Preceptorship Lead

Gary Hallet


Clinical Apprenticeships and Clinical Skills Team

The Clinical Skills and Apprenticeship Team work in partnership with education providers to provide Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeships (HCSW) Level 2 and (HCSW) Level 3 (Diploma) and Level 5 (Foundation Degree) Assistant Practitioner (AP). These programmes provide a career pathway to facilitate staff progression (if desired) to NMC registration via Nursing Associate (NA) and Registered Nurse Apprenticeships .

The team provide advice and support to the multi-disciplinary team supporting learners in practice and 1:1 pastoral /personal support to learners.

A portfolio of clinical skills is provided by the team to meet individual role development, service requirements and improve patient experience whilst in  hospital.

Portfolio of Skills:

  • Cannulation and Venae puncture
  • Catheterisation
  • Intravenous Drug administration training
  • Clinical Observations
  • Vaccination Training
  • Level 2 Apprenticeship clinical skills– for new to care staff wishing to join the organisation
  • Level 3 Apprenticeship  clinical skills– for staff with more experience wishing to enhance their role
  • Level 5 Assistant Practitioners clinical skills – for staff working in a specialist area wishing to progress enhanced skills
  • Functional Skills support for Maths and English

Contact information:


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