SMMGP - Supporting good practice in drug and alcohol treatment

Supporting good practice in drug and alcohol treatment

Courses & Events

Please note: The following events are listed in order of their start date...

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UCLan - Substance Misuse: Assessing Prevalence & Evaluating Policy (SW4723)
Date: Sep-Dec 2016

(Info last updated 09 Aug 2016)
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Centre for Continuing Professional Development

Substance Misuse:
Assessing Prevalence & Evaluating Policy (SW4723)

Date: Sep-Dec 2016 (dates TBC)
Format: Part-time over 10 weeks, comprising a weekly lecture (Wednesdays, 4 - 7pm) and self-directed study time
Venue: University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire
Cost: £650 per delegate
Assessment: 3,000 word essay and 1 hour exam

Why study this module?

This module aims to provide existing practitioners, or those considering practice within a substance misuse setting, with a critical understanding of policy and legislation as it applies to substance misuse. The module provides a detailed exploration of the historical context of substance misuse within societies, a critical understanding of the scale of current drug use and trends together with a detailed analysis of associated issues relating to legal and policy responses at both national and international level. The module aims to provide participants with a critical understanding of key issues relating to substance misuse in contemporary society and their interconnection with the social issues that confront substance misuse practitioners in the practice setting.

Who should undertake the module?

Existing Substance Misuse practitioners and social care practitioners considering practice within a substance misuse setting, or seeking to enhance existing understanding of substance misuse issues.

All candidates need to ensure that they have a relevant undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above, or evidence of their ability to study at postgraduate level.

Who is the module leader?

Mike Blackmon's experience within social care has focused in the areas of Youth Justice, Substance Misuse and Homelessness. As a Senior Research Officer with Nacro, he worked on various drug related research projects within the North West.

The module flyer can be downloaded below in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

How to apply:

This module can be completed towards the Substance Misuse PGCert or as a standalone module. Please contact the CPD team or visit our website for full details and application instructions:

Centre for CPD
School of Social Work, Care and Community
UCLan
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 894 361
Tel: 01772 893 408
E-mail: socialworkcpd@uclan.ac.uk
Web: www.uclan.ac.uk/socialworkcpd

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UCLan - Mental Health Act Case Law Update (AMHP Refresher)
Date: Thu 08 Sep 2016

(Info last updated 09 Aug 2016)
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Centre for Continuing Professional Development

Mental Health Act Case Law Update
AMHP Refresher

Date: Thu 8 Sep 2016, 9.30am-4.30pm
Venue: University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire
Cost: £100 per delegate. Refreshments and car parking are provided. Please note that lunch is not included.

Brief summary:

This session aims to provide a review of the most significant decisions of the senior courts and upper tribunal relating to the role of the Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), focusing in particular on S.135 warrants, Nearest Relative matters in respect of Consulting and Displacement, along with related decisions dealing with Community Treatment Orders (CTO), Guardianship and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).

Learning outcomes:

Who should attend?

AMHPs, Trainee AMHPS, Social Workers and Community Psychiatric Nurses with a high Mental Health Case Load. All the AMHP Refresher sessions may also be of significant interest to S.12 approved Doctors and GPs. This may also be of extreme interest to Trainee Junior Doctors who have chosen psychiatry as their career pathway, as the sessions will allow networking with AMHPs and other mental health professionals outside the pressure of an actual assessment.

This session does not include an assessment. On completion, participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance which will include the CPD hours achieved.

About the facilitator:

Doug Feery started out his professional career in child care/protection social work. After 11 years he re-trained and qualified as a Barrister in 2000. Since then he has worked predominantly in mental health and adult social care areas acting for those detained from low secure through to maximum security. Alongside this, Doug has progressed various civil, public law and human rights claims on behalf of individuals detained or in the community through Mental Health and Employment Tribunals, County and High Courts as well as several decisions in the Court of Appeal. Doug also works with the North West School of Psychiatry and delivers with them both the S12 Approval and Re-Approval programmes. Doug has and continues to work with UCLan to support their delivery of the AMHP and BIA Courses, delivering in particular the law modules for both programmes along with CPD update programmes for both.

The event flyer can be downloaded below in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

How to book:

Please contact the CPD team for a booking form and payment instructions:

Centre for CPD
School of Social Work, Care and Community
UCLan
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 894 361
Tel: 01772 893 408
E-mail: socialworkcpd@uclan.ac.uk
Web: www.uclan.ac.uk/socialworkcpd

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EUFASD 2016 - 4th European Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
Date: Mon 12 - Wed 14 Sep 2016

(Info last updated 10 May 2016)
European FASD Alliance

EUFASD 2016 - 4th European Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)

Date: Mon 12 - Wed 14 Sep 2016
Venue: Royal Holloway University, London
Cost: Please see the EUFASD 2016 web site for details.

The 4th European Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) will be held at the prestigious campus of the Royal Holloway University, London, from 12th to 15th September 2016. The research symposium will take place from the 12th to the 14th with an accredited Professional Training Day (FASD Training Day - "Diagnosis, Behaviours, Strategies, Support") to be held on the 15th September. The training day is co-organized with NOFAS-UK.

IKeynote Speakers

This conference brings together academics, educators, non-governmental organisations and charities, legislators and politicians, lawyers and individuals involved in the criminal justice system, birth and adoptive families alongside individuals who themselves have FASD; shared learning will help promote the understanding of this disorder in the UK, Europe and internationally. The conference will cover a wide range of topics including prevention, social determinants, diagnosis, epigenetics, psychological profiles, behavioural management, education, prevalence, family support, criminal justice system difficulties, social care needs, practical management, pharmacology and other cutting-edge research that may be submitted or invited. This is not an exhaustive list and will grow depending on submitted abstracts.

The Royal Holloway University near London has a long history as a seat of learning in the UK. As the UK's most international university, the University combines world-class research with a global perspective, yet at the same time, the campus has an intimate human scale. This provides an excellent context in which to host this outstanding international research and education conference in 2016.

For further information or to book a place, please visit the EUFASD 2016 web site.

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FASD Training Day - "Diagnosis, Behaviours, Strategies, Support"
Date: Thu 15 Sep 2016

(Info last updated 10 May 2016)
European FASD Alliance, NOFAS-UK

FASD Training Day - "Diagnosis, Behaviours, Strategies, Support"

Date: Thu 15 Sep 2016
Venue: Royal Holloway University, London
Cost: Please see the EUFASD 2016 web site for details.

A CPD accredited training day for paediatricians, GPs, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, geneticists, midwives, teachers, social workers, parents and foster carers. Learn from many international FASD experts.

The training day follows EUFASD 2016 - 4th European Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), which runs from Monday 12th to Wednesday 14th September 2016.

For further information or to book a place, please visit the EUFASD 2016 web site.

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National Substance Misuse Conference 2016 - "Breaking Down Barriers"
Date: Wed 21 Sep 2016

(Info last updated 25 Apr 2016)
RSB Events

National Substance Misuse Conference 2016 -
"Breaking Down Barriers"

Date: Wed 21 Sep 2016
Venue: The Birmingham REP, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP
Cost: Earlybird until 31st July £99 (inc VAT), Full registration price £99 (inc VAT)

Nationally, the Substance Use Disorders field is in a state of flux with so many unanswered questions of what the future may look like. Issues of barriers into treatment, the role of treatment in Recovery, commissioning, what Recovery is (and isn't), Mutual Aid and NPS are just some of the key topics that are being debated. With Local Authorities under increasing financial pressure, future commissioning needs to not only address all of the issues but also win local political support and evidence Value for Money. In addition, the impact needs be sufficient for it to remain high on the government agenda.

The National Substance Misuse Conference 2016 - "Breaking Down Barriers" will be a unique opportunity to receive leading expert knowledge in these 4 key areas:

Who Should Attend

The target audience for the conference are: Directors of Public Health, Substance Misuse workers, Public Health Commissioners, CCG leads, Police, Fire Service Criminal Justice Boards, Community Safety Partnerships, Behaviour Support Managers, Drug & Alcohol Recovery Managers, Directors of Operations, Senior Managers & Decision Makers, Partnership Co-ordinators, Behaviour Support Managers, Academics, Health Sectors, Local Authorities, Voluntary Sector, Treatment Funders, Researchers, Policy Makers, Clinicians, Housing Associations and the Private Sector.

This conference will be a national stage to work together, interact with the audience and achieve the following objectives:

Confirmed Speakers

We are expecting a high attendance with delegates coming from all over the UK and Abroad. In addition, RSB Events has great links to BME communities and Businesses, to highlight the conference and allow us to maximise the event's potential. We already have some partners on board ensuring The National Substance Misuse Conference 2016 - Breaking Down Barriers has a truly National and Global reach.

EarlyBird Sponsorship Packages are available for all budgets, ranging from our Virtual Package up to our Bespoke Platinum Package. Your sponsorship will help assure the success of conference.

Tickets can be purchased from www.nsm2016.eventbrite.co.uk

Should you have any queries, please contact RSBevents and we will be happy to assist you:

Ricky Bhandal
E-mail: info@rsbevents.com
Mob: 07723 018 576
Web: www.RSBevents.com

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UCLan - Mental Health Law & Children & Young People (AMHP Refresher)
Date: Tue 27 Sep 2016

(Info last updated 09 Aug 2016)
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Centre for Continuing Professional Development

Mental Health Law and Children and Young People
AMHP Refresher

Date: Thu 8 Sep 2016, 9.30am-4.30pm
Venue: University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire
Cost: £100 per delegate. Refreshments and car parking are provided. Please note that lunch is not included.

Brief summary:

This session aims to explore whether the Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), when faced with an assessment involving a child or young person, should look to use alternatives to the Mental Health Act such as the Children Act in certain instances. In particular, it will explore the strengths and weaknesses of either route, together being clear about the legal framework that governs both, but also be clear of the interface issues with the Care Act, the Mental Capacity Act. Crucially, the day will also explore the law relating to nearest relative for children and young people, linked to unpacking issues over parental responsibility, situations where a child or young person is subject to local authority care, voluntarily or not and also special guardianship.

Who should attend?

AMHPs, Trainee AMHPS, Social Workers and Community Psychiatric Nurses with a high Mental Health Case Load. All the AMHP Refresher sessions may also be of significant interest to S.12 approved Doctors and GPs. They may also be of extreme interest to Trainee Junior Doctors who have chosen psychiatry as their career pathway, as the sessions will allow networking with AMHPs and other mental health professionals outside the pressure of an actual assessment.

This session does not include an assessment. On completion, participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance which will include the CPD hours achieved.

About the facilitator:

Doug Feery started out his professional career in child care/protection social work. After 11 years he re-trained and qualified as a Barrister in 2000. Since then he has worked predominantly in mental health and adult social care areas acting for those detained from low secure through to maximum security. Alongside this, Doug has progressed various civil, public law and human rights claims on behalf of individuals detained or in the community through Mental Health and Employment Tribunals, County and High Courts as well as several decisions in the Court of Appeal. Doug also works with the North West School of Psychiatry and delivers with them both the S12 Approval and Re-Approval programmes. Doug has and continues to work with UCLan to support their delivery of the AMHP and BIA Courses, delivering in particular the law modules for both programmes along with CPD update programmes for both.

The event flyer can be downloaded below in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

How to book:

Please contact the CPD team for a booking form and payment instructions:

Centre for CPD
School of Social Work, Care and Community
UCLan
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 894 361
Tel: 01772 893 408
E-mail: socialworkcpd@uclan.ac.uk
Web: www.uclan.ac.uk/socialworkcpd

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DrugFAM 8th Annual Bereaved by Addiction Conference
Date: Sat 01 Oct 2016

(Info last updated 10 Aug 2016)
DrugFAM

DrugFAM 8th Annual Bereaved by Addiction Conference
"Your grief, your journey - experiencing the same thing differently"

Date: Sat 01 Oct 2016, 9.15am-4.15pm
Venue: The Holiday Inn, Handy Cross, High Wycombe HP11 1TL (Junction 4 M40)
Cost: £30.00 (to include lunch, tea and beverages throughout the day)

We look forward to welcoming back those of you who have attended previous conferences and for first-time attendees please be assured that we endeavour to provide a warm and supportive atmosphere in which to share your experiences. Our feedback indicates that the most beneficial part of the day is sharing with others who understand this complicated bereavement.

We are delighted that Carmen Cachia and Kate Wade will be speaking at this event.

This year sees us returning to The Holiday Inn at High Wycombe which is located just off Junction 4 of the M40 and with close links to both the M25 and M4 motorways. Parking is free of charge and there is no barrier on entry to the car park. For those of you travelling by train, the nearest railway station is located at Amersham Hill, High Wycombe, HP13 6NN which is approximately 10 minutes' drive from the hotel.

We have an allocation of rooms for the Friday night. If you would like to stay, please book your accommodation with the hotel direct on 01494 492410 and ask for Charlotte, quoting reference code TT8. Payment will need to be made by debit or credit card at the time of booking.

The Conference Programme can be downloaded below in Adobe Acrobat PDF format, as well as a Booking Form.

How to register:

To register for the event, please complete and return the Booking Form, together with payment. The closing date for registration is Friday 16 September. You will receive confirmation of your booking in due course. If you require an invoice to be raised please give the necessary details in a covering e-mail.

Please contact our administrator if you have any questions:

Dawn Sear
DrugFAM
8 Castle Street
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire HP13 6RF
Tel: 01494 442 777
E-mail: administrator@drugfam.co.uk
Web: www.drugfam.co.uk

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SMMGP/RCGP 21st Managing Drugs & Alcohol Problems in Primary Care Conference
Date: Fri 04 Nov 2016

(Info last updated 15 June 2016)
SMMGP, RCGP

Managing Drugs & Alcohol Problems in Primary Care
Date: Fri 04 Nov 2016, 9.00am-5.00pm
Venue: RCGP HQ, 30 Euston Square, London, NW1 2FB
Cost: SAVE 15% - Register before 29 July for just £199

!! Register here now for your earlybird 15% discount !!

This joint SMMGP and RCGP conference is the largest event in the UK for GPs, shared care workers, drug users, nurses and other primary care staff, specialists, commissioners and researchers interested in, and involved with the management of drug users in primary care.

The conference will look at:

There will be plenary talks along with a variety of parallel sessions.

Confirmed speakers include:

!! Register here now for your earlybird 15% discount !!

Conference programme:

!! The Conference Programme is available here !!

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Society for the Study of Addiction Annual Symposium 2016
Date: Thu 10 - Fri 11 Nov 2016

(Info last updated 22 Feb 2016)
Society for the Study of Addiction (SSA)

Society for the Study of Addiction Annual Symposium 2016
Date: Thu 10 - Fri 11 Nov 2016
Venue: Park Inn hotel, North Street, York YO1 6JF
Cost: Early bird £250, Member £275, Non-member £310, Unwaged/Full time student £160

This year's Society for the Study of Addiction Symposium will be held at the Park Inn hotel, York, UK, on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 November.

The Society lecture will be given by Professor Wayne Hall: "The future of the international drug control treaties after the legalisation of cannabis in Uruguay and some US states".

Main theme: "Back to the Future: Addiction and the Scientific Method"

Including: Alcohol and Drug History Society; Addiction Journal; Addiction Biology Journal.

Speakers will include:

2016's SSA Fred Yates prize will be awarded.

There will also be a screening of multiple award-winning documentary "The Narcotic Farm".

CALL FOR PAPERS

Abstracts for poster and oral presentations are welcome. Go to the Symposium page for details of format and to submit an abstract.

There are three prizes of £250 each for winning poster entries, judged in one of the following categories:

Any addiction subject welcome for consideration as an oral presentation.

Abstracts selected for presentation will be published in the conference literature, and brief biographies of the oral presentation authors. Examples of previous years' papers are available in the online archive

Closing deadlines:

See the SSA web site for further event details

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RCGP Certificate in the Management of Alcohol Problems in Primary Care
Date: Thu 24 Nov 2016

(Info last updated 03 Jun 2016)
RCGP SMAH

RCGP Certificate in the Management of Alcohol Problems in Primary Care

Date: Thu 24 Nov 2016, 9.30am-4.30pm
Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton, Leeds City Centre, Granary Wharf, Leeds LS1 4BR
Cost: £260, which includes handbook with resources

The misuse of alcohol is a serious health issue of national concern with evidence of significant harm caused through misuse in the UK and worldwide. Dealing with the consequences for physical and mental health and the impact on society is a challenge for everybody working in healthcare.

The aim of this course is for participants to:

To complete the course and receive the RCGP Certificate in the Management of Alcohol Problems in Primary Care Level 1, candidates are required to complete the RCGP e-learning module "Alcohol Management in Primary Care" before attending a face-to-face training day.

The elearning will take around three and a half hours to complete, the one day face-to-face is approximately six hours.

For further information or to book a place, please see the RCGP web site or contact:

Robel Eyob
Programme Coordinator
Substance Misuse and Associated Health
Royal College of General Practitioners
E-mail: alcohol@rcgp.org.uk
Tel: 0203 188 7650
Web: www.rcgp.org.uk

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UCLan - Substance Misuse: Social Impact and Practitioner Responses (SW4722)
Date: Jan-Apr 2017

(Info last updated 09 Aug 2016)
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Centre for Continuing Professional Development

Substance Misuse:
Interventions and Treatments (NU4078)

Date: Jan-Apr 2017 (dates TBC)
Format: Part-time over 15 weeks, including a weekly lecture (Wednesdays, 4-6pm) and self-directed study time
Venue: University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire
Cost: £650 per delegate
Assessment: Portfolio and short presentation

Why study this module?

Within Social Care there is an increasing awareness of the potentially detrimental impact on individuals and their families of problematic substance use but practitioners report feeling unskilled in their assessment of and response to problematic use. This module aims to enable participants to explore the complex issues relating to substance misuse with a specific emphasis on a holistic approach to assessment and response. Participants will explore substance misuse in a political, legislative, societal and individual context and consider relevant occupational standards and capabilities to interventions in this field.

Who should undertake the module?

Those working with, or who have an academic interest in, individuals, families and communities affected by alcohol and other drugs.

All candidates need to ensure that they have a relevant undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above, or evidence of their ability to study at postgraduate level.

Who is the module leader?

Fiona Harbin: prior to working at UCLan Fiona worked as a social worker and manager in child protection and safeguarding services with a specific interest in the impact of parental drug and alcohol use on children, assessment and multi agency approaches in the field.

The module flyer can be downloaded below in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

How to apply:

This module can be completed towards a variety of Postgraduate Certificates or as a standalone module. Please contact the CPD team or visit our website for full details and application instructions:

Centre for CPD
School of Social Work, Care and Community
UCLan
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 894 361
Tel: 01772 893 408
E-mail: socialworkcpd@uclan.ac.uk
Web: www.uclan.ac.uk/socialworkcpd

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UCLan - Substance Misuse: Interventions and Treatments (NU4078)
Date: Apr-Jun 2017

(Info last updated 09 Aug 2016)
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Centre for Continuing Professional Development

Substance Misuse:
Interventions and Treatments (NU4078)

Date: Apr-Jun 2017 (dates TBC)
Format: Part-time including a weekly lecture (Wednesdays, 4-7pm) and self-directed study time
Venue: University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire
Cost: £650 per delegate
Assessment: Essay and oral exam

Why study this module?

This module aims to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the continuum of substance use from recreational use to dependence. It will examine major treatment approaches within the context of their theoretical underpinnings, and allow students to evaluate the efficacy of approaches with respect to diverse client groups. It will make consistent use of up to date research in informing students' understanding of the topic.

Who should undertake the module?

Anyone with a professional interest in the topic, who would like to develop an evidence based understanding of best practice in intervening and treating substance misuse.

All candidates need to ensure that they have a relevant undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above, or evidence of their ability to study at postgraduate level.

Who is the module leader?

Paul Reid is a Senior Lecturer at UCLan. He has research and teaching interests in substance misuse, qualitative methodology, homelessness, and health psychology.

The module flyer can be downloaded below in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

How to apply:

This module can be completed towards the Substance Misuse PGCert or as a standalone module. Please contact the CPD team or visit our website for full details and application instructions:

Centre for CPD
School of Social Work, Care and Community
UCLan
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 894 361
Tel: 01772 893 408
E-mail: socialworkcpd@uclan.ac.uk
Web: www.uclan.ac.uk/socialworkcpd

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Moving Parents and Children Together (M-PACT) Accreditation
Date: Ongoing

(Info last updated 22 April 2014)
Training for Practitioners to Deliver Evaluated Child Support Programme responding to Hidden Harm

Action on Addiction's "Moving Parents and Children Together" (M-PACT) programme is now being rolled out across the UK. Suitable organisations can purchase University of Bath accredited training for practitioners to deliver the programme in their area under licence and join the M-PACT (UK) network.

The M-PACT programme was designed to respond to the needs of children living with parental substance misuse. The 8-week structured intervention that unusually takes a whole-family approach and works with different families at the same time has been evaluated a number of times by researcher Lorna Templeton who concludes that "M-PACT is evolving into a hugely beneficial and essential response..."

The findings of a Social Return on Investment Analysis (SROI) of the M-PACT programme can be downloaded below in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

For more information, please contact:

Jo Adams
E-mail: jo.adams@actiononaddiction.org.uk
Web: Action on Addiction

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UCLan - Substance Misuse Postgraduate Certificate
Date: Ongoing

(Info last updated 09 Aug 2016)
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Centre for Continuing Professional Development

Substance Misuse
Postgraduate Certificate

Date: Flexible. Please discuss your options with the CPD team
Duration: See module details in Course Flyer (download below)
Venue: University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire
Cost: £650 per module

This course provides detailed knowledge relating to policy, theory and practice essential for the delivery of effective services to those presenting with alcohol and other drug issues. It is intended to be of interest to existing alcohol and/or other drug misuse practitioners and those considering a career in the alcohol and other drug misuse fields. The programme of modules provide an opportunity for participants to work towards this designated certificate which will map directly to Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) professional standards and the Drug and Alcohol National Occupational Standards (DANOS).

Who should undertake this course?

This award is available for all practitioners in the field of social work or social care and will form part of their employer's commitment to CPD alongside their own registration requirements with professional regulators.

The course flyer can be downloaded below in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

How to apply:

You can apply either on a course basis or individual modular basis. Please contact the CPD team or visit the course webpage for full application instructions:

Centre for CPD
School of Social Work, Care and Community
UCLan
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 894 361
Tel: 01772 893 408
E-mail: socialworkcpd@uclan.ac.uk
Web: www.uclan.ac.uk/socialworkcpd