Practitioner Development UK

The PDUK team has years of knowledge and experience behind us, and are proud to uphold the highest standards of clinical teaching.

We provide a broad range of outstanding continued professional development courses for advanced nurse practitioners, GPs, junior doctors, health visitors, practice nurses, school nurses, district nurses, paramedics, radiologists, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. 

With legislation, best practise and medical guidelines always being updated, it’s crucial that healthcare practitioners remain at the cutting edge of their profession.  Confidently offering the very best service you possibly can to your patients is incredibly important, both now and in the future.

The training courses offered by PDUK will not only give you a deeper understanding around the new developments in your field, they also help you build an impressive CPD portfolio at the same time.

Access all areas

 Ready to take the next step in your healthcare career? Move your skills and knowledge up a level with our high quality eLearning courses.

Held entirely online, our eLearning courses are ideal for study during COVID-19 isolation. Perfect for completion at home, many of them can be finished in just a couple of hours. And of course, once you’ve finished one course there are plenty more to try afterwards!

Browse our eLearning courses and get signed up now.

 Hands-on, bespoke training for your staff

Healthcare practitioners across all disciplines and sectors can benefit from PDUK’s in-house courses 

At PDUK we recognise the importance of having easy access to high quality CPD courses, whether online or face to face.

Our programmes not only meet your team’s needs but offer outstanding value for money too. PDUK’s expert tutors will guide your staff in the latest requirements and best practice so you can rest assured their knowledge and skills are the very best they can be.

Our aim is to leave your staff feeling inspired and empowered to offer patients the highest level of care. Programmes include:

 Blood results made easy 
 Immunisation and anaphylaxis essentials 
 Telephone triage: refresh and refine
 Rational prescribing for airway disease
 Guide to complex wound care
 Getting to grips with mental health 
 Safer pharmacology for the older patient
 And more…
PDUK’s scheduled courses for 2021

 Let’s make the standard of care we offer our patients higher than ever in 2021.

Sign up for our very popular scheduled courses and achieve the CPD skills and knowledge you need.

Under the microscope:

Top news:

Over one-third of UK adults found the last lockdown tough on their back, head, and joints, according to a survey by Neurofen

And with the UK now plunged back into a further lockdown, many of us will once again experience lockdown pain for a number of reasons - not least stress.

According to the survey, back ache is the biggest problem during lockdown with 36% of people suffering during the last lockdown period. This was followed by headaches at 34%, joint pain at 27%, neck aches at 26% and muscle pain at 24%.

Many people also blamed their pain on uncomfortable home office sets ups or workstations, as well as juggling home schooling and entertaining their children. This was particularly the case with people aged 25 to 44.

Dr Sarah Jarvis MBE, a general practitioner, said: “Pain can affect our mood, relationships, family and work life so it’s important that we take steps to deal with it quickly and effectively.

“It’s clear that adjusting to new ways of living and working has heightened our acute pains, or even caused new ones."

 What else can cause back, neck and head pain?

There’s a broad range of reasons a patient may be suffering pain, including stress, anxiety, and underlying condition and a poor sleeping position. Large numbers of us are also spending hour after hour on laptops, computers or watching television, which can wreak havoc on our joints and muscles.

 A multidisciplinary approach

When it comes to resolving a patient’s back, neck or head pain, a range of different healthcare professionals may need to be involved in achieving the best outcome. These include GPs, nurses, chiropractors and physiotherapists, depending on the type and reason behind the pain. Medication such as NSAIDs, either short or longer term, may also be required.

You can read more about the study and the results here.

On the case:

Jane is a 45-year-old lady who has been experiencing right sided hearing loss over the past few months. She has suffered from recurrent ear infections over the years and often gets a build-up of wax requiring ear irrigation.

Jane has been using olive oil in the hope that her ears can be irrigated today. On further questioning, Jane reveals that there is a feeling if fullness in her affected ear and she has developed a smelly discharge that has been present for the past couple of weeks. A symptoms review reveals bouts of dizziness which can be severe enough to make Jane feel sick. The rest of her symptoms are unremarkable.

Jane has no known allergies and is not currently taking any medication. Other than recurrent ear infections, she has no significant medical or surgical history and there is no family history of concern.

On examination, Jane’s observations are all within normal limits. Otoscopic examination shows a perforated tympanic membrane, with the perforation being largely in the pars flaccida. An abnormal lesion is seen directly above the perforation and a copious offensive discharge is present.

Based on the clinical history and examination findings, a diagnosis of cholesteatoma is made, and Jane is referred urgently for an ENT review.

Other than vertigo, what other symptom can be a red flag and serious complication of a cholesteatoma?

a) Vomiting

b) Tinnitus

c) Facial nerve palsy

d) Reduced hearing

The correct answer is C, facial nerve palsy. A cholesteatoma is a non-malignant, slow growing tumour. Vertigo and vomiting may present if the semi-circular canals are involved.

Facial nerve palsy can present if the tumour invades the facial nerve. Pain, if present, can be associated with the development of an intracranial abscess or meningitis. Urgent referral to ENT is required if any of these red flag symptoms are present.

While vomiting, tinnitus and reduced hearing can all be associated with a cholesteatoma, they are not signs of advanced disease and a less urgent referral to ENT can be arranged.

Would you welcome the opportunity for additional training?

All those who work in the healthcare sector have one thing in common: a passion for offering the very best treatments and care that they can. At PDUK we offer a broad range of courses, including several that focus on common ENT conditions.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are pleased to be able to provide all our courses online via Zoom. So no matter which area of healthcare you work in, you can further enhance your skills and knowledge from the comfort of your own home.

As soon as the pandemic passes and restrictions are eased, we plan to also offer our courses face-to-face. Flexible, engaging and highly interactive, all our programmes are run by experts in their field. They’re ideal for anyone who is looking to improve their patient skills, clinical knowledge or personal attributes. There’s something for everyone, regardless of discipline or career level.

Sign up for a PDUK CPD course today, and don’t forget to check out our website to find:

1 Scheduled events: Although COVID-19 has meant we’ve not been able to offer all the scheduled events we’d like, we expect this to change in the coming months. When available, our workshops take place in London and are the perfect chance to network with others and build your knowledge.

In the meantime, we’re pleased to offer as many courses and events online via Zoom.

eLearning courses: Ideal for anyone looking for a totally flexible study option where you can learn at a time and location to suit you. Great for fitting in around work, life and family commitments, and of course for study during COVID-19 isolation.

In-house programmes: Held at a location of your choosing, PDUK’s in-house programmes are ideal for tailor-made training in groups and offer outstanding value for money.

Although we’re offering most of our courses via Zoom at the moment, we are still providing in-house programmes face to face where required. Of course, face to face courses are always held in the safest way possible, adhering to all COVID-19 rules and guidelines.

Don’t forget to check out our selection of minor ailments specialty online courses including GI, Ear and Eye, our RCN accredited Minor Ailments Essentials course,  or our Minor Illness Triage Essentials course to keep abreast of current practice and help to provide patients with an even better service. 

• PDUK. We help everyone get better. 

Ask PDUK: 

Ann Sunderland answers your questions:

Question 1 – Patients presenting with allergic conjunctivitis often complain of itchy eyes for hours after exposure to a known allergen. Why is this?

Allergens cause the T-lymphocytes and macrophages to release inflammatory mediators, histamine, and bradykinin. These stimulate the nerve endings creating the sensation of itching. Prostaglandins are also released that have a similar effect, but unlike histamine and bradykinin where the reaction can be almost immediate, reaction to prostaglandins can take 8-24 hours.

Question 2 – Why are positive Psoas and Obturator signs often indicative of acute appendicitis?

The Psoas and obturator muscles lie close to the appendix. When they are stretched, they cause friction against the inflamed tissues. This then increases the abdominal pain, indicating an inflamed appendix.

Question 3 – How long should you advise a patient to use olive oil drops for prior to ear irrigation for impacted wax? 

Instilling olive oil 3-4 times a day for 3-5 days should sufficiently soften the wax. However, olive oil is inert and can be used for longer without causing a problem, although this is not usually necessary. It may also be used prophylactically to keep the ear canal moisturised.

About our expert:

Ann Sunderland RN, BSc(Hons), MMedSci, SFHEA.

Having previously worked in general practice, Ann now focusses on academia and post-registration clinical education. She works as an independent consultant in clinical skills and simulation, whilst lecturing at Sheffield Hallam and Huddersfield Universities.