CPP welcomes the first Teams Improving Patients Safety (TIPS) Board of Studies.

TIPS is a validated Master’s level module delivered by the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust (EKHUFT) and accredited by the Centre for Professional Practice at the University of Kent.

TIPS (Teams Improving Patient Safety) is a work-based development module aimed to improve patient safety through an interdisciplinary team approach. This module raises awareness of policy, theory, concepts and practice which underpin multi-disciplinary working through the critical examination of literature and practice.

TIPS uses the workplace as the main resource for learning and is aligned with indicators of effectiveness for Health Education England’s Education Outcomes Framework. Learning, in and from practice, through critical reflective approaches are integral to the module. TIPS complements other EKHUFT engagement initiatives, such as the Link Worker Scheme, Clinical Leadership Programme and Shared Purpose Framework to deliver person-centred, safe and effective care in a workplace culture that enables and sustains quality improvement. Teams develop their improvement initiatives to engage their colleagues in roll-out using PDSA and other improvement techniques such as Driver Diagrams.

If you are interested in finding out more about the CPP validated programmes offer please contact us by email: cppmedway@kent.ac.uk or telephone 01634 88 8929.



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NEW! Part-time one-year CPD course Developing Dental Practice through Mentoring

On this CPD course, you develop the skills needed to be a successful mentor within a dental workplace setting. Mentorship is essential to promote a sustainable commitment to high-quality patient care and is used by many multi-professional groups, to ensure competence development, performance transition and enhancement.

Course Description

Throughout the course, you are encouraged to look at the mentorship as a means of ensuring professional standards development across your whole team.

The course places particular emphasis on the role of mentoring in the following areas: continuing professional learning and development; education; induction and appraisal. These areas are relevant to all professional colleagues and to other team members.

The course helps you to develop the skills needed to ensure that contemporary practice informs all areas of professional practice in your workplace.

From the course, you develop the following skills:

  • A critical understanding of personal, professional and organisational perspectives related to mentorship.
  • A critical exploration of the ethical and professional perspectives of mentorship and how both effect the development and evolution of novice to expert practice within the dental workforce.
  • A critical knowledge and understanding of selected core theories, concepts, frameworks and principles relevant to mentoring.
  • A critical understanding of the power and communication dynamics in mentor relationships.
  • Planning and applying the principles of mentorship within a dental care setting to raise the standards of professional practice within the organisation.
  • An ability to act as a mentor in order to evolve practice
  • An ability to critically reflect on and evaluate your own performance.

To book a place please visit: http://store.kent.ac.uk/short-courses/faculty-of-social-sciences/centre-for-professional-practice/developing-dental-practice-through-mentoring


This short course includes 30 hours of teaching conducted over three separate weekends. The course includes taught sessions and work-based learning, personal reflection and self-study. The total number of hours of study required is 300 hours.  At the beginning pf the course, you complete a guided study package (15 hours of learning), which is available via the Virtual Learning Environment.


You complete three pieces of work, which are assessed; an overall combined pass mark (50% or above) must be gained to successfully complete the course. On successful completion of the course you are awarded 30 credits at Level 7.

Dates for taught sessions:

Weekend 1:

Friday 27 – Sunday 29 October 2017

Topics covered include:

  • Concept of novice to expert within the development of professional practice.
  • Theories and principles of mentorship.
  • Theories and principles of learning and development.
  • Application of mentorship within the healthcare professions.

Weekend 2:

Friday 9 – Saturday 10 February 2018

Topics covered include:

  • Application of principles of mentorship.
  • Structuring mentorship activity to advance the dental workforce.

Weekend 3:

Friday 23 or Saturday 24 March 2018

Topics covered include:

  • Presentation of case studies.
  • Evaluating and reflecting on your own practice and that of others in order to develop.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements but applicants are required to be working in a dental workplace setting. On successful completion of this course, you may choose to progress to one of the Centre’s Master’s programmes.

For more information about this course please visit: http://store.kent.ac.uk/short-courses/faculty-of-social-sciences/centre-for-professional-practice/developing-dental-practice-through-mentoring

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CPP success at the Dentistry Show in Birmingham, 12-13 May

Debbie Reed, the Head of the Centre for Professional Practice and Chair of the British Dental Nurse Association Executive Committee was one of many renowned speakers at The Dentistry Show in Birmingham this year. Her presentation Evolving from Novice to Expert Practice for Dental Nurses on Sat 13 May focused on providing an appreciation of the route taken by occupations in the journey to full professionalisation and an overview of the next stages in professionalisation for dental nurses.

To request a copy of the presentation Evolving from Novice to Expert Practice for Dental Nurses please email cppmarketing@kent.ac.uk


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Looking to bring your skills up to date, sharpen your knowledge or broaden your professional expertise?

The Centre for Professional Practice at the University of Kent cordially invites you to take part in our free Professional Development event Power Dynamics at the Workplace on Wednesday 24th May 2017 at the University of Kent, Canterbury, Darwin Boardroom

This event is an ideal opportunity for those looking to enhance professional knowledge and skills. The workshop Power Dynamics at the Workplace will focus on the principles of power in relation to working practice and will give you an opportunity to reflect on techniques relevant to your own workplace.

After the workshop you will have an opportunity to hear about our flexible, work-related programmes. The event aims to give you a taste of what you can achieve with the Centre for Professional Practice – an opportunity to study part-time to a degree or Master’s level focusing on your world of work.


Programme of the event:

14.30-14.45 Arrival and refreshments

14.45-15.00 Welcome by Dr Claire Parkin, Programme Director

15.00-16.00 Workshop: Power Dynamics at the Workplace, delivered by Tania Hopper, Programme Director

16.00-16.30 Development opportunities with the Centre for Professional Practice

16.30-17.00 Networking and wine reception


The event will take place at the Darwin Boardroom, Darwin College, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NS. For directions follow: https://www.kent.ac.uk/maps/canterbury/canterbury-campus/building/darwin-college



For more information or to book a place please email cppmarketing@kent.ac.uk or call 01634 88 8929, or visit is https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-professional-development-event-power-dynamics-at-the-workplace-tickets-33275866011


Who should attend?

The event is suitable for working professionals in the public and private sectors, including health and social care, education, local government, public services, human resources, administrative services, cultural industries, retail, hospitality, financial and legal services.
Centre for Professional Practice

The Centre for Professional Practice at the University of Kent offers part-time, flexible work-related academic programmes for Postgraduate and Undergraduate students. Our BA/BSc Top-up or MA/MSc in Professional Practice programmes and short courses including Introduction to Masters-Level Study have been specifically designed to meet the needs of working professionals who wish to develop their academic ability while maintaining their professional role. Students may be eligible for loans or staff fee remission for both undergraduate and postgraduate study (subject to eligibility criteria).

We are very much looking forward to meeting you and sharing in this exciting experience!

Centre for Professional Practice

University of Kent T: 01634 88 8929    E: cppmarketing@kent.ac.uk  W: www.kent.ac.uk/cpp





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Book your place at the final Shush and Write Workshop on the 4th of March

Book your place at the final Shush and Write Workshop for the CPP students on the 4th March 2017 from 10 am.

Suitable for the Professional Practice MA/MSc and Advanced and Specialist Healthcare MSc students wishing to do their writing up with the support from the department.

Booking is essential by email: c.sanderson-656@kent.ac.uk or tel: 01634 888960



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Kent’s Centre for Professional Practice is launching its new online short course Introduction to Master’s-Level Study

The Academic Threshold Concept online short course introduces you to the concepts and skills required for successful study of the Master’s programmes delivered by the Centre for Professional Practice. Participating in this course gives you the opportunity to develop academic writing and critical reasoning capabilities and manage complex information effectively. This is an online short course, no attendance is required. To access it you will be using the University of Kent’s Virtual Learning Environment.

For more information and how to purchase it visit: https://www.kent.ac.uk/cpp/programmes/index.html

This is a self-guided study resource comprising two parts plus a third part for those wishing to gain academic credit.

Part I: an introduction to the skills needed to research and write assignments at Masters’ level.

Part II: an introduction to concepts of learning at Master’s level.

Part III: assessment details (only required if seeking to gain academic credit)

From the course you develop skills in the following areas: the ability to communicate clearly in written formats in academic and professional workplace settings; manage complex information effectively and present this using a comprehensive range of learning resources; demonstrate a capacity for autonomous learning and the ability to access professional resources as appropriate.

On successful completion of Parts 1, 2 and 3 you are awarded 15 credits.

You can purchase Parts 1 & 2 at a total cost of £100 (this is non-credit bearing option).

For those wishing to go on to gain academic credit, the cost for Part 3 is £550.


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New Peer Reviewed Journal from the Centre for Professional Practice – the Advanced Journal of Professional Practice (AJPP):

The Centre for Professional Practice is delighted to announce its new Advanced Journal of Professional Practice (AJPP). The AJPP has a specific remit for contemporary work which addresses trans-disciplinary, work-related, practice-based applications of new knowledge, technology, discussion, research or practice-based innovation. The journal allows for the sharing of experiences and gold standard practices from anyone working in a professional role and is inclusive of student dissertation papers, from all faculties across the University.

“The journal has been established as a portal for new knowledge created for the advancement of professional practice. AJPP will host new creative work and welcome submissions of traditional or untraditional nature, but which demonstrate translational work-related professional practice application. I am looking forward to welcoming new submissions and hope to present the first issue of the journal this academic year” – said Dr Claire Parkin, the Editor-In-Chief of the AJPP.

To submit, please follow the link to find out about the focus and scope of the journal, author guidelines and submission process: http://journals.kent.ac.uk/index.php/ajpp/index

Send your enquiries to: AJPP@kent.ac.uk


We look forward to hearing from you.


The Editorial Team

Centre for Professional Practice

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News@Medway: An exciting new approach to simulation in healthcare at Medway Maritime Hospital has been commended by a top UK University.

Led by Dr M Shah, Simulation lead at Medway NHS Foundation Trust, the Trust has recently been accredited by Health Education England and the University of Kent on the amazing and innovative work carried out in the field of simulation to improve patients safety.

Joanne Howard, Multi-Professional Simulation Coordinator at Medway NHS Foundation Trust, reflected on the module by saying: “I have been very fortunate to have been involved in the development of this module. I cannot thank the team members at the University of Kent (Centre for Professional Practice) for the support they gave me guiding me through all the tasks involved in getting this set up”.


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The British Dental Association is holding a Workshop for New Authors in London on Tuesday, 25 October 2016

The event is designed for those with an interest in writing and will help the delegates to understand how papers and articles submitted to scientific journals are reviewed and assessed by editors and their teams. The delegates will also learn how to improve the chances that papers and articles that they submit to peer reviewed journals are accepted.

The workshop will focus on practical skills required to develop an academic writing style: need to follow a journal’s guidelines for authors to the letter, the peer-review process, plagiarism, publication ethics, how to write for scientific journals etc.

Although the workshop is being organised on behalf of the British Dental Editors Forum, it is suitable to new writers from all areas of academia who are most welcome to attend.


Programme of the day:

Jointly chaired by Ken Eaton and Stephen Hancocks

11.00 Welcome and  aims of the day                                                Chairmen

11.10 Author guidelines and how to begin writing                        Stephen Hancocks

11.40 The peer review process                                                           Ken Eaton

12.10 Small group work looking at papers which were rejected and analysing why

13.00 Lunch

13.45 Small groups report their findings

14.30 Publications ethics – how to avoid the pitfalls                       Ruth Doherty

15.00 Online publishing – future opportunities and challenges   David Westgarth

15.30 How editors can help                                                                  Nicola Innes

16.00 Panel presentation on tips for improving scientific writing

and Discussion                                                                                        All presenters

17.00 Close


Further Information

The workshop will take place on Tuesday, 25 October at the British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 8YS.

To book, please contact Stephen Hancocks by email: s.hancocks@bda.org

The delegate fee for the day will be £40 and cheques payable to the British Dental Association should be sent to Stephen Hancocks, BDA, 64 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 8YS.

5 hours of verifiable CPD will be awarded





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Developing Professional Practice Through Simulation in Healthcare

Congratulations to a group of students from Medway Maritime Hospital who just completed the CPD module Developing Professional Practice Through Simulation in Healthcare. Well done everyone!

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