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This half-day workshop follows a Presentation Skills bespoke CPE course that was delivered to two cohorts of staff from the Welsh Refugee Council (WRC).

We are delighted to be working with the WRC again following a successful two-part course on presentation skills. Having discussed the broader skills training requirement and identifying broader communication skills needs for support staff working directly with refugees and asylum seekers, we approached Dr Judith Reynolds, a communication expert from the School of English, Communication and Philosophy, to develop a half-day workshop that could respond to these needs.

Dr Reynolds is currently a lecturer in the Centre for Language and Communication Research (part of the School of English, Communication and Philosophy), and has a specific research interest in multilingual and intercultural communication in refugee and asylum legal advice work in the UK. To design and deliver the workshop, Dr Reynolds has worked together with Dr Katy Brickley of King’s College London, whose research focuses on communication issues in repatriation programmes for asylum seekers and irregular migrants.

The short workshop developed for the WRC is designed to support staff and volunteers, including case workers and immigration legal advisers, by developing their language awareness. It will touch upon key concepts and assumptions about language and communicating with diverse client groups, drawing on current research on language use. Through a range of interactive activities and reflections on their own professional experience, participants will explore a range of topics including multilingualism, language fluency, literacy, linguistic discrimination, and the impact of workplace norms on communication.

Dr Reynolds commented:

We are delighted to be working with the WRC on this project. Our research is particularly focused on how language and culture intersects in professional and workplace settings, in particular in advice and support work. The session we’re planning for the WRC draws on both my and Dr Brickley’s research – we’ll explore multilingual and intercultural communication, developing participants’ awareness  and understanding around language, and also learning ourselves from the extensive experience of WRC staff as they support some of the most vulnerable groups in our society.
Dr Judith Reynolds Lecturer

Find out more about the Welsh Refugee Council and the vital work they do to support refugees and asylum seekers.

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We are pleased to present the CPD Unit's Annual Review of 2020, detailing the different aspects to our work during a very unusual year.

Some areas of our work had a different emphasis to previous years, although our objectives have remained the same. They are to support academic Schools within the University to create and promote opportunities and pathways for CPD learners, and to engage with businesses and organisations to develop learning solutions that meet their requirements.

While the pandemic has cast a shadow over the year, we have nevertheless celebrated many achievements, milestones and successes. These include 15 Compliance Plus awards in our annual customer service excellence assessment, implementation of our new course management system and our Virtual Summer School.

Read the report

CPD Unit annual review

Read the CPD Unit Review of 2020, detailing the different aspects to our work during a very unusual year.

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The University’s School of Medicine and PASCAR (Pan African Society of Cardiologists) have joined forces to develop and deliver a Heart Failure CPD course aimed at cardiologists and allied health care professionals across Africa.


Africa suffers the double burden of disease with persistence of communicable diseases and rising noncommunicable disease, especially cardiovascular disease.  A new CPD course developed in partnership with PASCAR is aimed to upskill practicing cardiologists, internists, and allied health care professionals in Africa to develop heart failure services and act as local champions to help raise the profile of heart failure management.

Course aims

The course has been developed to create a network of appropriately trained specialists with an interest in heart failure, enabling them to take a leadership role in regions, countries and local institutions. A cornerstone of the course is lifelong membership for the participants to help facilitate the long-term course objectives.

Candidates will be involved in developing systems of care designed to offer early diagnosis and optimise treatment without undue burden on resources through capacity building.

The course began in Spring 2021 with 22 delegates from a range of medical practices and specialisms.

As the Chair, Pan African Society of Cardiology (PASCAR) task force on heart failure, I am very excited about the first Africa Heart Failure course, the first of its kind on the continent. This course designed for Africans, by Africans is organised in collaboration with Cardiff University, has delegate representation from all regions of the continent and faculty from across the globe. It will surely improve capacity of African Physician/Cardiologists and will change the status of heart failure education, management and research on the continent for the better. It will also provide a lifelong learning and mentoring opportunity as well as development of regional and continental networks.
Mahmoud U. Sani, Professor of Medicine Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Bayero University Kano, Consultant Physician/Cardiologist, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano State, Nigeria.

Course details

The course is split into 3 sections:

Section 1

  • Best practice in heart failure – 30 hours of live online lectures delivered by the University’s Dr Zaheer Yousef, PASCAR and a faculty of recognised speakers
  • Talks will cover Understanding of Heart Failure including terminology, epidemiology, pathophysiology, signs/symptoms, co-morbidities, diagnostics techniques, biomarkers and imaging and treatments /drug therapies.

Section 2

  • A 5-day residential visit to the University and its Heart Failure Centre (once travel is permitted).
  • The aim is to provide opportunities for observation and discussion, as well as running evening seminars.  Delegates will learn about the organisational set-up, care pathways, multi-disciplinary team working, and integration with research activities.
  • Over the course of 5 days, delegates will be exposed to a spectrum of heart failure care including community-based clinics, nurse-led clinics, cardiac physiologist-led clinics, imaging (echo, cardiac MRI, cardiac CT and PET), cardiac device implants and follow-up, cardio-genetic meetings, specialist heart failure clinics, in-patient acute heart failure, and supportive/end-of-life care.
  • The module will consist of observational sessions, workshops, seminars, and role play (communication skills and end-of-life care).

Section 3

  • Quality improvement project.  Delegates will choose a project, which will be supervised by a PASCAR mentor.
  • This will be a quality improvement project on a topic of local importance and relevance to the delegate’s role and working environment.
It’s a great pleasure to be involved with this very worthwhile course, which I have no doubt will lead to tremendous improvements in the care of heart failure patients throughout Africa. The programme involving multi-disciplinary care and life-long mentorship is specifically tailored for the needs of the African continent and we are delighted to work with Cardiff University to deliver a course to the highest standards.
Professor Zaheer Yousef BSc MBBS MD FESC FRCP Consultant cardiologist, Heart Muscle Diseases & Heart Failure Devices, University Hospital of Wales & Cardiff University.

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The Community Oncology team, led by Cardiff University and supported by the CPD Unit, has delivered a series of free webinars to support primary care teams during Covid-19.

We’re delighted to report that feedback from attendees has been extremely positive, with 99% of respondents rating the programme as excellent or very good.

The aim of the programme was to support the learning needs of healthcare professionals in oncology issues that may be encountered in primary care, particularly during the pandemic.

The programme was comprised of 6 sessions, covering GI cancers, Lung cancers, Cancers of unknown primary, Skin cancers, Communication skills and Geriatrics.

The Community Oncology team is made up of Dr Fiona Rawlinson, Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Programme Director of Postgraduate Palliative Medicine at Cardiff University, Dr Mick Button, Consultant Oncologist at Velindre Cancer Centre and Dr Elise Lang, Macmillan GP, North Cardiff.  Sessions also included presentations by GPs, Oncologists and specialists from local University Health Boards.

The reach and impact of the Community Oncology webinar series has been wonderful. We’re thrilled that attendees have found the sessions useful and are planning to use skills and knowledge gained from this programme into their practice. We are really proud of these high-quality webinars and this feedback indicates that they will have a real benefit for patients in the community.
Fiona Rawlinson Reader

Watch recordings of all six Community Oncology webinars at our YouTube channel.

Here is the most recent session, which was recorded as part of the CPD Unit's Spring Online School.

Community Oncology webinar series - Geriatrics

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We are delighted to announce that the School of Medicine's Critical Care team has launched a set of new online courses to support health professionals.

The suite of courses cover Rehabilitation Of The Critically Ill, Sepsis and Organ Donation. The courses are suitable for healthcare professionals working in critical care. These are self-directed learning courses, comprising approximately 7-10 study hours each. Content will be available all week for you to work through at your own pace. Each course will include a live element by the Critical Care team.

Each session is being offered at the introductory rate of just £50 each (with a 10% discount available if you book two or more courses).

Introduction to organ donation

This course is an introduction to organ donation and includes topics such as consent, legal and ethical frameworks, and best practice.

Study hours: 7 to 10 hours, self-directed study. Course materials will be available for the week so that you can work through it in your own time.

Dates: 28, 29, 30, 31 March and 1 April 2022

Cost: Special introductory offer £50 (10% discount if you book more than one course)

Rehabilitation of the critically ill

This course is an introduction to caring for patients who have been critically ill.

Study hours: 7 to 10 hours, self-directed study. Course materials will be available for the week so that you can work through it in your own time.

Dates: 28, 29, 30, 31 March and 1 April 2022

Cost: Special introductory offer £50 (10% discount if you book more than one course)

Introduction to sepsis

This course explores sepsis, including signs and symptoms, screening, and guidelines for management.

Study hours: 7 to 10 hours, self-directed study. Course materials will be available for the week so that you can work through it in your own time.

Dates: 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 April 2022

Cost: Special introductory offer £50 (10% discount if you book more than one course)

If you would like further information about these or any other CPD courses, please contact our friendly team, who will be happy to help you.

We are proud that Kate Sunderland, our Business Development Manager for the College of Physical Sciences and Engineering, has been appointed as CPD Project Manager supporting CSconnected, the world’s first compound semiconductor (CS) cluster based in South Wales.

Kate’s new role has been made available thanks to a grant from UKRI’s Strength in Places Fund (SIPF) and is part of a much wider Strength in Places project, aiming to drive economic growth within CSconnected. It will build on Kate’s previous experience of working with the cluster, particularly with Newport Wafer Fab. Kate will now be splitting her time between this and her existing role within the CPD Unit.

So what are Compound Semiconductors? These are the enabling materials behind next generation technologies. Electric vehicles, healthcare technologies, and robotics and Artificial Intelligence are expected to drive the global demand for semiconductors to 2025 and beyond. Cardiff University is home to innovation in this CS technology.

Skills will play a major part in supporting the economic growth of the CS cluster and this is affirmed Cardiff Capital Region’s Employment and Skills Plan (2019-22), which highlights compound semiconductors as one of its six priority sector areas. Kate’s new role will coordinate CPD support for CSconnected, as well as for organisations up and down-chain.

The CS cluster in South Wales currently supports approximately 1,500 high value manufacturing jobs, however CSconnected forecasts 3,000 – 5,000 jobs by 2024. There is an urgent need to create a pipeline of talent through upskilling and re-skilling from other sectors, in order to support the growth projected by the cluster. Professional development activities and short courses are an ideal way to deliver the critical skills interventions that are short to mid-term constraints of the cluster.
Kate Sunderland CPD Project Manager – CSconnected \ Business Development Manager - College of Physical Sciences and Engineering

Kate will be working with the twelve consortium partners, including Swansea University, as well as local Further Education colleges to develop and deliver a wider and deeper CPD curriculum. This builds on the pilot short course previously delivered by Cardiff University’s Institute for Compound Semiconductors. The aim is to reach over 25% of the expanded workforce through CPD activities by 2025 as well as develop the foundations for a larger, long-term intervention in the skills agenda.

Kate will also be working closely with CSconnected who will be leading on other elements of the skills agenda, including a Degree Apprenticeship programme as well as inclusion, outreach and engagement activities to the wider community within the local region. She will also collaborate with the existing CS Education Group who are coordinating skills for the cluster and developing a pathway of skills at all levels, for school leavers through to post-doctorate graduates. The grant through SIPF will enable the acceleration of the skills activities already carried out to date.

As mentioned, the skills agenda is part of the much larger SIPF £44M award, in which Cardiff University is the leading partner, to develop a CS powerhouse in South Wales. As well as supporting skills, the investment from UKRI’s SIPF and additional funding from partners is enabling a collaborative Research & Development programme, a ‘front of house’ home for CSconnected, and investment in CSconnected cluster building support for marketing, branding and engagement activities. The award compliments other activities supporting CSconnected, including the work of the Compound Semiconductor Centre, the Centre for Integrative Semiconductor Materials, the CS Applications Catapult, the MSc programmes offered by Cardiff and Swansea universities, a PhD programme through the Centre for Doctoral Training in CS Manufacturing, and innovative research conducted through The Future Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing Hub.

Compound semiconductor video

About CSconnected

CSconnected, the world’s first global centre of excellence for Compound Semiconductor, is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2017 and home to a unique eco-system of high technology capability leading the way in applied research, advanced applications, collaborative innovation firmly cementing Wales’ and the UK’s position at the forefront of new and emerging material and device technologies.

Cardiff University is building a new bespoke centre for Compound Semiconductor research, the Translational Research Hub, which is due to open in Spring 2022. It will be home to the Institute for Compound Semiconductors, which aims to position Cardiff as the European leader in compound semiconductors, providing cutting-edge facilities that help researchers and industry work together.

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The School of Medicine team, supported by the CPD Unit, has successfully adapted their successful Community Oncology study day into a series of free live webinars, to ensure that primary care teams are supported during Covid-19.

The Community Oncology course was established in 2019 as a 1-day face-to-face session, designed to provide the most up-to-date resources for GPs and primary care workers. The session was very popular and was originally scheduled to run again in 2020. Sadly, this had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.

The Community Oncology team was acutely aware that the target audience is largely made up of front-line workers who are under immense pressure due to Covid-19 and who have little time for CPD training at this time; however, the team was also very keen to provide this free resource in order to support staff. Additionally, the number of referrals due to cancer has currently dropped because fewer patients are currently reporting symptoms, so it is an opportune time to provide an update.

The Community Oncology team is made up of Dr Fiona Rawlinson, Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Programme Director of Postgraduate Palliative Medicine at Cardiff University, Dr Mick Button, Oncologist at Velindre Cancer Centre and Dr Elise Lang, Macmillan GP, North Cardiff.  Sessions include presentations by expert speakers (GPs and Oncologists) from local University Health Boards.

We supported the Community Oncology team to adapt the content into bite-sized lunchtime webinar sessions, providing key updates for primary care workers. The series is designed to provide practical information to support primary care practice, whilst fitting in with busy work schedules. All sessions will also be made available via our YouTube channel.

The series is now underway; each session has been really interactive, with attendees posing several interesting questions to our panel of guest speakers, which includes prominent local specialists and practitioners.

Following the opening session on Diagnosing and managing lower GI cancers, Dr Elise Lang said:

Today’s session went really well; we were thrilled to have some fantastic expert speakers and an interactive audience – I certainly feel that I have updated my knowledge of primary care supporting colorectal cancer patients. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.
Dr Elise Lang, Macmillan GP clinical lead for Velindre Cancer Centre

Feedback for the sessions so far has been excellent:

A great course helping to access updates, developments and advances in cancer care. It's accessible, informative and inclusive of the changes and challenges being faced in primary and secondary care right now. I would highly recommend this to any clinician for CPD learning or general improvement of knowledge within cancer care.
Fiona Morse, Nurse at North Cardiff Medical Centre
Both speakers were engaging and their subject was delivered in a way that was very relevant to my role as a GP. Thank you so much for a really useful and informative session.
Attendee, Diagnosing and managing skin cancer webinar

Attendance to date

The series continues through March, with webinars on diagnosing and managing cancers of unknown primary, and a discussion of one of the key ‘tools of the trade’ – communication. Register for your free place.

If you’ve missed any of the sessions so far, recordings are available at our YouTube channel. Here is the recording of the first session of the series, on diagnosing and managing GI cancers.

Diagnosing and managing GI cancers webinar

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We are delighted to be launching a FREE CPD Online Spring School programme.

Following the huge success of our Virtual Summer School in June 2020, we're excited to bring you our Spring event. This programme is running for two weeks from 12-23 April and is packed with free webinars, Twitter Q&A takeovers and other CPD content from across the University.

We have over 20 sessions and activities available for you to book. There's a 2-day Executive Education special, with 5 live sessions from academics who teach on programmes such as The Cardiff LBA and Executive MBA. We have a range of medical and healthcare sessions, covering topics such as Women's Health, skin health, and palliative care. There are also sessions on areas as diverse as project management, mental health in British Muslim communities, and architecture.

Read on for the full programme of events - and remember, it's all free to attend!

Week 1: 12-16 April


Dr Dylan Foster-Evans, School of Welsh
MONDAY 10:00 - 10:50

This webinar is aimed primarily at non-Welsh speakers who have leadership roles in a bilingual context. We’ll look at key cultural factors that shape a bilingual workplace and workforce, basic ways of setting positive examples as leaders, and how to create an inclusive and welcoming culture for Welsh-speaking employees.

Please note that this session will take place in English.



Professor Tom Blenkinsop, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences

14:00 - 14:30

This 30-minute session will provide an overview of the main structural controls on the formation of ore bodies in the Earth’s crust. We’re anticipating a fairly informal question and answer session that will suit professionals working in the mining and exploration industries, and those who may be interested in Tom’s Structural Geology for Exploration and Mining online course.



Luis Espinosa-Anke, School of Computer Science and Informatics

10:30 - 11:30

This webinar will help you understand the main ethical considerations around dealing with data (collection, processing, building predictive models), with a specific focus on bias in artificial intelligence.

This session will be particularly interesting for any business that deals with data, either generated and owned by them or user-generated.



Dr Fiona Rawlinson, School of Medicine

14:00 - 15:00

This webinar aims to raise awareness of the practicalities of palliative care planning, to offer top tips for managing significant conversations about palliative and end of life care issues and to support health and social care professionals working with patients and families.

This session will be especially suitable for those delivering palliative or end of life care.



Samantha Holloway, School of Medicine

WEDNESDAY 10:30 - 11:15

This webinar will discuss changes in the skin as we age, promote strategies to maintain healthy skin and suggest ways in which individuals can be encouraged to self-care for their skin.

This session will be particularly interesting for those from health and social care sectors.



Dr Jonathan McConnell, School of Radiography

WEDNESDAY 12:00 - 13:00

This webinar will explore the role of a consultant radiographer.

The session will be of particular interest to radiographers, students and other healthcare professionals.



Sarah Hatch and Dr Jim Fitzgibbon, School of Medicine
14:00 - 15:00

This session aims to highlight the role of members of the public in University research and teaching including what public involvement is and why it is important. We’ll also share case studies that highlight PI in research and teaching.



Mari Ann Hilliar and Delyth Morris, Subject Librarians for Medicine, School of Medicine
12:00 - 13:00

This webinar will explain how to prepare to publish a systematic review, including documenting an SR protocol. It will also provide useful, practical tips on where and how to publish. This session is particularly aimed at early career researchers and any researcher preparing to publish a SR, although it will also be beneficial for researchers preparing to publish other research works.



Manjula Bray, CPD Trainer
14:00 - 15:00
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Vicki Stevenson, Welsh School of Architecture
10:30 - 11:15

This 45-minute webinar will provide an introduction to passive cooling strategies, which can be used to reduce carbon emissions from mechanical services. The session will be of particular interest to professionals in the built environment such as architects, building management, environmental construction and urban planning.


Dr Yulia Cherdantseva, School of Computer Science and Informatics
14:00 - 15:00

This session will introduce participants to the key concepts of cyber security and discuss the importance of security in web applications. The webinar will provide an overview of security vulnerabilities in web application and how to choose and implement appropriate security counter-measures including conducting web application penetration testing.

You may also be interested in the Executive Education session from David Jones in Week 2 - Organisational and Governance Issues Around Cyber Security.


Week 2: 19-23 April



Dr Prabirendra Chatterjee, Cardiff Business School

10:30 - 11:30

This webinar will help marketing and other business professionals to find logical and concrete insights from real life business data. The focus of this session will be on data visualisation, analysis of quantitative & qualitative data (eg sentiment analysis using product reviews) and strategic implementation of the resulting insights.



David Jones

12:00 - 13:00
Cyber security can be a sprawling and sometimes bewildering world and this session will start by categorising all things cyber into either technology (the domain of experts) or risk (pretty much a management / Board issue), trying to see how cyber is viewed by non-specialists who have the responsibility when things go wrong.



Dr Rebecca Scott, Cardiff Business School

14:00 - 15:00

This webinar will introduce the concept of ‘levity’, illustrating how when we refuse to take ourselves so seriously we relieve ourselves of the stress standing in the way of serious work, create more meaningful connections with our colleagues and open our minds to more innovative solutions.

Humour at work has wide appeal to all industries, however this session will be particularly interesting for management consultants, graduates, and those at an early career stage.



Dr Jane Lynch, Reader in Procurement, Cardiff Business School

10:30 - 11:30

Everyone seems to be 'collaborating' these days, but do you often feel disappointed when business partners let you down? Or you may feel frustrated by internal departmental tensions. If either or both scenarios resonate with you, join us for this short interactive session on effective collaborative working.

This session will be particularly interesting for those in retail, public, energy or service sectors.



Dr Catherine Farrell, Cardiff Business School

TUESDAY 12:00 - 13:00

Leadership with political awareness is an increasingly important skill for managers whether in the public, private, voluntary or other sectors. There is a need for leaders and managers to be able to work effectively with a wide range of stakeholders including other government, consumer groups as well as liaising with political parties, the media and other outside interests. This webinar focuses on the development of key political awareness issues and skills.



Professor Maneesh Kumar, Professor of Service Operations, Cardiff Business School

TUESDAY 14:00 - 15:00

This webinar will provide an overview of how organisations need to combine their operational excellence initiatives with their planned digital transformation program to optimise the benefit from an integrated approach.

This session will be particularly interesting for those in the manufacturing, service and public sectors and third sector organisations.



Dr Fiona Rawlinson, School of Medicine
10:30 - 11:30

This session will explore the latest issues, challenges and key topics in Community Oncology, and is designed to provide support for healthcare professionals working in the field.


Dr Neera Agarwal, Deputy Course Director MSc & PGDip Diabetes, School of Medicine
12:30 - 13:30

This webinar will introduce the variety of diabetes postgraduate educational opportunities available at Cardiff University for healthcare professionals across all disciplines working in the diabetes field.



Professor Jenny Kitzinger, Coma & Disorders of Consciousness Research Centre, School of Journalism, Media and Culture

14:00 - 15:00

This webinar will introduce the core issues around caring for patients with prolonged disorders of consciousness following feeding tube withdrawal.

This session will be especially suitable for those delivering palliative or end of life care.



Richard Rose, CPD Trainer
10:30 - 12:30

This session will look at project management, exploring how it can be used to create transformational change in organisations. Richard will also explore how important and effective agile project management approaches have been for businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic. This session will be particularly useful for anyone thinking about completing a project management qualification or professional development course.



Emmajane Milton, Dr Alex Morgan and Heather Pennington, School of Social Sciences
13:00 - 14:00

This webinar will provide an insight into the challenges and rewards of becoming a teacher. It will also explore key ideas about what makes a good teacher and / or effective learning environments. This session will be particularly useful for anyone with responsibility for teaching and leading learning of others, as well as people considering moving into teaching.



Justine Bold, School of Medicine

14:00 - 15:00
Justine will take over the CPD Twitter account for an hour to answer your questions on women's health - in particular, queries relating to her sessions (see below for details) on lifestyle medicine and self-care for menopause & perimenopause, and painful periods & premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

You can submit your questions anonymously in advance (sign up to receive the two recordings and we'll send you a survey), or join Justine between 2 and 3pm on Thursday 22 April.

Register for Women's Health sessions

Pre-recorded sessions

Sign up to these sessions in the same way, and we'll send you the recordings at the beginning of the programme. Justine Bold will be hosting a Twitter Takeover Q&A on the two women's health sessions and you can submit questions to us in advance if you sign up.


Justine Bold, School of Medicine

This pre-recorded session will explore lifestyle medicine and self-care techniques in the management of perimenopause and menopause, to provide healthcare professionals, medics and women with more options for management.



Justine Bold, School of Medicine

This pre-recorded session will explore lifestyle medicine and self-care techniques in the management of period pain and PMS to provide medics, healthcare professionals and women with more options in the management of these conditions.



Dr Asim Yusuf

With Professor Sophie Gilliat-Ray, Islam-UK Centre, School of History, Archaeology and Religion

This pre-recorded session will explore issues of mental health from an Islamic perspective.  It will be of interest to anyone who works in the field of mental health with BAME/Muslim communities, such as counsellors, doctors, mental health nurses and imams.


Full programme of events

Poster for Spring Online School in English

If you have any questions or queries, or if you would like to discuss a CPD programme for your organisation, please feel free to contact our friendly team:

Previous delegates on our Problem Solving in Paediatric Palliative Care course have kindly provided excellent feedback on their experiences.

The course is organised by Cardiff University in collaboration with Ty Hafan Children’s Hospice and the All Wales Managed Clinical Network for Children’s Palliative Care.

I completed day 1 of the paediatric palliative care course and found it an invaluable learning experience. The quality of the online teaching was excellent, with expert, knowledgable and passionate speakers, and I am very excited about the rest of the course. Attending this course has increased my confidence in caring for children and their families towards the end of life and will allow me to provide the best possible patient care in the future.
Karen Manias, Paediatric Oncology Registrar

Supported by the CPD Unit, the teams have collaborated to adapt the popular face to face course to online provision in order to continue offering physicians, nurses, psychologists, therapists and other professionals working with children this valuable content during the pandemic.

The course has been converted into an entirely online course. It is split into two main sections:

  • 4 tutor-led taught days delivered via zoom, each a month apart
  • a virtual learning environment to support reading, project development and discussion between taught days.

The course has been sensitively designed to allow  delegates to have plenty of time to complete the pre-course work, providing flexible learning options at a time when we know frontline workers are facing significant challenges.

There are a number of CPD opportunities in the field of palliative and end of life care. View all courses or a look at our booklet to find out more:

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The School of Medicine have delivered a full-day online taster session of their highly regarded Introduction to Dermoscopy programme to a team of GPs at a local health board.

The taster course was initially due to run face-to-face in March 2020, however due to the pandemic and availability of delegates (many of whom are frontline NHS workers), this was delayed and converted to online provision.

The University has a rich history of training medical professionals in Dermatology. The Introduction to Dermoscopy programme is consistently well evaluated and respected, and has run twice-annually for a number of years. The University also a Practical Diploma in Dermatology, and modules from the Postgraduate programmes of study are also available to study on a standalone basis. This flexible study option supports workplace skills and career progression, whilst enabling staff to manage their work-life balance.

About the course

Dermosocopy is a non-invasive, widely used diagnostic tool that aids the diagnosis of skin lesions and is proven to increase the accuracy of melanoma diagnosis.  This half day session aimed to give delegates a firm grounding in the principles of Dermoscopy, covering topics such as:

  • The principles of Dermoscopy, and its uses in primary care
  • Correct use of a dermatoscope
  • How to recognise features of common benign conditions such as seborrheic keratoses, warts, angiomas, dermatofibromas, sebaceous hyperplasia, comedones and benign moles
  • How to recognise the features of Common pre-malignant lesions such as actinic keratoses
  • How to recognise the features of malignant conditions such as basal cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma.


We surveyed delegates prior to and post attendance at the Dermoscopy taster session.  The improvement was excellent, with all delegates reporting that their knowledge and ability levels rose from poor to good / excellent.

We asked delegates about their knowledge and abilities in a range of conditions such as assessment of colour, symmetry, patterns and blood vessels and confidence in using a dermatoscope. In this example, 58% of delegates said their knowledge prior to the course was poor or not good, and after the course, 100% reported that their knowledge was good to excellent.

The following is a selection of feedback from the delegates, telling us which parts of the course were the most useful for their ongoing practice:

If you'd like to find out more about the full Introduction to Dermoscopy programme, visit the course page where you'll find more details about the content and other key information.

To find out more about how the CPD Unit could help your organisation, whether it's creating a bespoke programme or arranging a closed version of one of our existing courses, please contact us: