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The Putney Registered Nurse programme

This is a part-time course, run on ten days over six months, for registered nurses wanting to obtain a Royal College of Nursing-accredited specialist award in neuro-disability nursing.

The course has been run as an internal CPD module and we are very pleased to announce that we now offer this opportunity to external candidates. No experience in the care of patents with complex and enduring neurological disability is necessary, but experience in caring for people with neurological deficits may be an advantage.

The aim of the course is to advance nursing practice by developing and broadening evidence-based knowledge and skills in the management and rehabilitation of adults who have highly complex neurological disorders.

The programme consists of ten study days run over a six-month period, delivered at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability (RHN). There will be some additional self-directed learning which includes pre-session reading and you will also be required to undertake an audit or service evaluation in your area of work.

The RHN is known for the care of patients with complex enduring neuro-disability, as well as patients who are on rehabilitation pathways. The course is delivered by nurses, for nurses, and there are contributions from a multi-disciplinary team of doctors, dentists, psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians and speech and language therapists. It is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN)* to provide 38 CPD hours.

The recognition that patients come first in everything we do is emphasised in all teaching and facilitated sessions, with all subjects examined through a lens of ‘humanising care’ that emphasises respect, dignity, compassion and working together for patients and their families. Not so much ‘what we do’ for patients, but rather how they experience the care we deliver.

*Please note that the RCN cannot confirm the competence of any practitioner who has completed the programme.

Course in brief

The first part of the course is three days long. After that it takes up two days per month, for six months.  You would be required to attend every day of the course, undertake an audit and present your findings to receive the award.

Topics include:

  • Humanising care and goal setting
  • Care of patients with prolonged disorders of consciousness from brain injury or illness including pain assessment, optimising function through positioning, enabling maximum potential, revisiting fundamental care
  • End of life decision-making and palliative care
  • Ambiguous loss
  • Working effectively with families
  • Clinical supervision
  • Resilient Practice
  • Neuro-disability Practice in contemporary health care including Leadership, mentorship, risk assessment and safety, issues around commissioning care and accountability within the contract.

On successful completion of the programme, alumnae will be able to join the neuro-disability network and access the enhanced programme of workshops dedicated to further consolidating skills and deepening understanding.

Course dates

Cohort 6 (2019-20)

September:  23, 24, 25
October: 21, 22
November: 18, 19
December: 17, 18
January: 14

Cohort 7 (2020)

February: 18, 19, 20
March: 18, 19
April: 20, 21
May: 18, 19
June: 15

Cohort 8 (2020-21)

September: 21, 22, 23
October: 21, 22
November: 16, 17
December: 14, 15
January: 18

The RN Enhanced Programme

If you have successfully completed the course for registered nurses, you might wish to continue your study with our enhanced programme. This consists of four workshops, seminars and your preference between attending either one of the RHN annual conferences or a one-day training course.

External students on the enhanced programme will be given preferential rates to attend other conferences and one-day courses run at the RHN.


Course  £750
Enhanced programme £750
Discount rate if booked together £1,350


Admission criteria

All candidates must be registered nurses, preferably with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Candidates should submit an application in which they make clear what they hope to gain from attending the programme, evidencing recent study or continuing professional development. An interview will follow the application.

How to apply

To register for the course (cohort 7), please download and complete the application form and send it to



Comments from RNs who have completed the programme

‘The course gave me a chance to think deeply about what I do. I really enjoyed it and learnt so much. I would recommend it to my colleagues’.

‘All the topics gave me guidance in the development of my work and increased my knowledge. I really enjoyed all the opportunities to look at difficult subjects with sensitivity and felt well supported. It was very helpful and very interesting and I liked it very much’.

If you’re interested and would like more information, please email

Location and accommodation

Our address is listed at the bottom of this page. We’re a short bus journey from Clapham Junction or Wimbledon, and within walking distance of Putney Station and East Putney Underground Station.

If you’re coming from a long way away and need to stay over, we may have overnight accommodation available in our Nurses’ Home for £20 per night. If you’d like to enquire by emailing