Continuing Professional Development

Bournemouth University has a long history of delivering Social Work and CPD programs across industries, supporting practice transformations in health, social care, and the public sector.

At NCCDSW we prioritize the development of knowledge and skills that are essential for professional practice. Our Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice (GCPP ASYE) and Developing Professional Practice (DPP ASYE) units provide you with the tools to critically understand the context of service delivery, assess your own role and impact, and foster a culture of continuous improvement. By honing your critical reflective skills and enhancing your professional expertise, you'll become a valuable asset in your field. Join us to gain the knowledge and insights needed to navigate complex professional challenges and drive positive change in your practice.

Unlock your potential as a Best Interest Assessor (BIA) and make a difference in the lives of individuals who lack capacity to consent to treatment or care through our comprehensive program. At NCCDSW, we provide specialized training that prepares you to undertake the statutory role of a BIA. Our curriculum comprises two units: 'The Mental Capacity Act 2005 in Practice' and 'Professional Use of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.' These units, along with additional modules on risk assessment, decision-making, and safeguarding, equip you with the knowledge and skills to navigate complex ethical and legislative frameworks. Join us to expand your professional horizons, gain recognition as a qualified BIA, and play a critical role in safeguarding individuals' best interests.

Our Risk and Decision Making in Safeguarding Adults and Children unit offers health and social care practitioners and students the opportunity to enhance their professional safeguarding practice through critical reflection and the application of theoretical frameworks. By delving into socio-economic and legal policies analysed through social theory, participants can expand their knowledge base and develop a shared theoretical foundation for collaborative work with social care colleagues. Informed by key industry publications, our unit emphasizes the cultivation of 'professional curiosity' and the ability to discern valuable insights from multiple sources of information, empowering practitioners to make informed decisions in safeguarding adults and children practice. Through the integration of critical thinking into the reflective process, we aim to break free from entrenched patterns of practice, fostering an environment that nurtures curiosity and supports continuous improvement. Join us to develop your analytical skills and contribute to the advancement of safeguarding practice.

Enhance your role as a practice educator and make a significant impact on social work education with our Practice Educator Course. At Bournemouth University, we provide a comprehensive program consisting of two units: Enabling Work Based Learning (EWBL) and Supervising a Learner in Practice (SLP). Through live workshops, critical debates, and self-managed learning, you'll develop the skills and confidence to effectively support and assess work-based learners, including social work students on their placements. Our course emphasises learning from experienced professionals and individuals with lived experience of social work, ensuring a holistic and enriching educational experience for both you and your learners. Join us to contribute to the future of social work education.

At NCCDSW we recognize the importance of continuous professional development and the diversity of mental health social work. Our postgraduate course not only prepares you to become an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) but also offers opportunities to enhance your knowledge and skills in dealing with complex work. Through a mix of interactive workshops, teaching sessions, and facilitated group discussions, you'll engage in experiential learning and gain insights from various perspectives, including those with lived experience of mental distress and carers. Our assessment methods, including reflective assignments, timed case studies, and formative assessments, ensure a comprehensive understanding of the requirements. Join us to broaden your expertise and contribute to the well-being of individuals experiencing mental health challenges.

Our leadership pathway is designed to address the unique challenges faced by social workers transitioning into management and leadership roles, providing them with the necessary skills and theories to excel in their leadership responsibilities. Grounded in evidence-based practice, our courses offer a theory base for the development of leadership skills, drawing on relationship-based theories that social workers commonly employ when working with clients and service users. With a range of optional and mandatory units, our pathway allows professionals to progress from the Postgraduate Certificate to the Postgraduate Diploma and ultimately the Masters in Leading and Developing Services, with each unit serving as a steppingstone to the next level. By studying alongside peers from various health and social care backgrounds, you'll gain a comprehensive understanding of leadership within the broader sector. Additionally, we offer individual units for those seeking to develop specific aspects of their leadership and management skillset. Whether you're looking to improve personal and organizational performance, enhance self-leadership capabilities, drive change, develop strategic thinking, or strengthen team leadership skills, our units provide targeted learning opportunities.

Unlock the potential of your Health and Social Work practice! Our expert team is here to guide you. Talk to us today and take the next step in enhancing your practice.

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