The Putney Registered Nurse programme

We are very pleased to announce that we are opening our new Putney Nurse Course to external candidates.

The next course will run 7–8 April, 11–12 May, 9–10 June 2022. One additional day can be taken in August and negotiated with the ward manager as self-directed study to undertake an audit.

The aim of the programme 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 course is delivered by nurses, for nurses, and there are contributions from a multi-disciplinary team of nurses, doctors, dentists, psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians and speech and language therapists. It is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing to provide 38 CPD hours.

Topics include:

  • Rehabilitation and disability: a conceptual framework of nursing.
  • Transformative 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
  • Ethical decision-making
  • Ambiguous loss
  • Working effectively with families
  • Clinical supervision
  • Resilient practice
  • Neuro-disability practice in contemporary healthcare, including leadership, mentorship, risk assessment and safety, issues around commissioning care, and accountability within the contract

The programme is delivered on ten study days run over a six-month period, delivered via virtual classroom, and all resources in support of the course are located in our Learning Management System (LMS). You will have access to a learning platform and all the learning materials on an electronic dashboard. 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. You will be required to complete a learning contract that confirms your commitment to completing all the requirements of the program.

You will have a portfolio to complete which takes your theoretical learning and helps apply that back to practice. You will need to identify a mentor, who will be required to attend a two-hour online session to brief them about the role. A certificate can be provided to the mentor in thanks for their contribution.

Cost: £1300 to external candidates.

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

If you are interested and would like to receive more information please contact contact course facilitator Maria Bakici at

Closing date for applications: Monday 7 March 2022


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