Our undergraduate programmes are very popular because they offer a huge choice of modules, flexibility and relevance to students

Teaching & learning strategy

Delivery of the long term conditions health agenda in primary care is increasingly being shared between registered (practice nurses, community nurses, GPs, physiotherapists etc) and non-registered personnel (health care assistants, health care workers, social workers).  View our Teaching & Learning Strategy (PDF) and our Programme Overview.

Recent evidence 1 suggests that a significant proportion of nursing staff are not sufficiently trained to look after people with complex long term conditions. This problem is likely to be similar among health care assistants. 

We aim to provide a flexible educational pathway that is accessible to all health professionals working in primary care. Two flexible undergraduate programmes are available; a BSc and a Dip HE in Long Term Conditions.

Model to show the need for multi-level education among the diverse NHS workforce

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This model satisfies the need for multi-level education among the diverse NHS workforce. 

  • Workshops build essential skills, inspire interest and identify learning needs, although they carry no academic credit

  • Core modular learning materials, available in some of the most important preventable and/or manageable long term conditions, can be assessed at either diploma L5 (Higher Education Level 2) or degree (Higher Education Level 3).  Find out what L5, L6 and L7 refer to.

  • New materials are developed according to demand and workforce need

  • Our Masters level programmes are flexible postgraduate programmes validated by The Open University, which enable practitioners to provide high quality care in line with national guidelines.  These programmes aim to develop leaders who are able to influence change and educate others to drive the long term conditions agenda forward.


1. Sheikh A, Khan-Wasti S, Price D, Smeeth L, Fletcher M, Walker S. Standardized training for healthcare professionals and its impact on patients with perennial rhinitis: a multi-centre randomized controlled trial. Clin Exp Allergy 2007; 37(1):90-99.

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Online learning
Our delivery model is that of blended learning which takes the best elements of print, online and face to face teaching methods
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2009 Graduates
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Beverley Gofton, Fiona Shally,
Carol Stonham

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Education for Health Trainers learning about a unique handheld analyser which can perform a range of tests including oxygen trials on patients with COPD
Group learning

Interactive study days support your learning and offer a great opportunity to discuss ideas and share experiences with others in your field

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Our study days are run by practicing clinicians who deliver fun, interactive & informed days

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