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Specialist Skills Post Registration Development (SSPRD)

The School of Health and Social Work offers a wide range of SSPRD (previously known as Continuing Professional Development) programmes and stand-alone modules.

The SSPRD courses and modules are aimed at people already working in health care and social work and who want to return to education on a part-time basis to learn new skills and boost their career.

Options range from stand-alone modules on specific aspects of health care or social work, right through to full undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of study.

Courses are either fully-funded by the NHS, part-funded or self-funded. For part and self-funded courses, students are eligible to apply for loans from Student Finance England. See our guide to funding.

Courses and modules

Full course and module list

For further information about any of our programmes and modules please contact us at or +44 (0)1482 463103/463130.

Fully NHS-funded courses include:

  • MSc Advanced Practice Part Time
    This programme allows students to choose modules suited to their clinical development towards advanced practice. It can also be self-funded.
  • Mentorship in Professional Practice
    This module examines the theories that underpin approaches to learning, facilitation, assessment and support in work-based settings, enabling students to apply their skills in practice.

Flexible routes into nursing, healthcare and social work

We offer a range of flexible routes into nursing and healthcare including an apprenticeship, Nursing Associate, foundation degree and University Certificate. These options are a great way to learn and gain experience at the same time, without the need for full-time study at the University.

Professional Midwifery Advocate

Advocating and educating for quality improvement (A-EQUIP) is the new model and framework of midwifery supervision.  The Professional Midwifery Advocate is a fundamental leadership and advocacy role designed to deploy the A-EQUIP model. The role supports staff through a continuous improvement process that aims to build personal and professional resilience, enhance quality of care and support professional revalidation.

This exciting new module is aimed at midwives wishing to acquire knowledge and skills to become a Professional Midwifery Advocate and the programme is based on developing the attendee’s skills and expertise in the four areas of: clinical leadership; restorative clinical supervision, normative function and personal action for quality improvement.

Teaching strategies will encompass face to face sessions, individual and group restorative supervision, online resources and leadership activities

Assessment of this course is at level 7, and students will be awarded 20 credits upon successful completion.

Duration of the course is 1 day a week for ten consecutive weeks.

Cost: £800

Community nursing

The Community Nursing programme offers the opportunity to study for BSc or Postgraduate Diploma in either Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN)  - Health Visiting or School Nursing or Community Nursing in the Home (District Nursing).

It is designed for qualified nurses (and midwives in the case of Health Visiting) who are registered on the appropriate part of the NMC register. You will also need to have evidence of academic study in the last five years. This programme aims to deliver a high quality undergraduate or postgraduate education, which will prepare students to be community specialist practitioners in accordance with the NMC standards for specialist education and practice. 

The programme is offered at Level 6 BSc or level 7, PGDip, depending on your existing academic qualifications. It can be undertaken on a full time basis over one year (52 weeks) or part time basis (104 weeks) over two years. It runs annually from September each year. You will undertake a variety of modules appropriate to your chosen specialist pathway. The programme includes the V100 Community Nurse Prescribing Qualification, which is mandatory for the District Nursing pathway and optional for Health Visiting. 

Qualification as a specialist practitioner is dependent on passing both the academic and practice elements of the programme. You will spend half of your time in practice where you will be allocated a qualified Practice Teacher who will support you in achieving the practice learning outcomes.

Health Professional Studies

Our wide range of Health Professional Studies modules can be studied individual or as part of the BSc Health Professional Studies.

The BSc Health Professional Studiesis designed to enable those who work in the health and social care sector to develop their knowledge and skills. Students can select from a range of modules, enabling them to plan a course of study that is relevant to their individual needs.

Students can also choose to study individual modules that are of specific interest to their professional development rather than having to register for a full programme of study.

Download the BSc Health Professional Studies modules list

For further information about the degree or individual modules please contact us at or telephone +44 (0)1482 463342.

How to apply

Apprenticeship, Foundation Degree, Nursing Associate and University Certificate

Please see the Apprenticeships, Foundation Degrees, Nursing Associate and University Certificate page for details of how to apply.

All other programmes

Applications for post-qualifying programmes are made directly to the University using the following downloadable forms:

In addition to the forms shown above, you must also complete the relevant documents for each programme as listed below:

You will need to discuss your studies with the relevant training and development department and obtain their approval for funding.

Please note - approval from your employer does not constitute an offer from the University.

If you are employed by NHS in the Yorkshire and Humber LETB (YHLETB):

You must photocopy your completed application form and return the photocopy to:

Faculty of Health Sciences
Calder Reception
University of Hull
Hull, HU6 7RX

The original form and the Manager's Support and Study Fee Payment form should be sent to your Training and Development Department.

If you are not employed by the NHS in the Yorkshire and Humberside LETB please return your completed forms to the address above.

If you have any questions about our courses or how to apply please contact us.

Contact us

School of Health and Social Work
  • University of Hull
  • Hull, UK
  • HU6 7RX