COVID-19 training and events

To view a full list of COVID-19 training and events click here.

Mandatory training

Mandatory and Essential For Role training was paused in March 2020 due to Covid 19. It was anticipated this would be for a minimum of 6 months. However, if divisions consider that they now have the capacity to release staff to undertake practical training for resus, moving & handling and fire they are encouraged to enable staff attendance from the end of June 2020 when sessions will be resumed.

The DOT opening page provides a summary update of the mandatory training changes and plans to recommence. DOT provides information to all staff about their due dates and also a link to book directly. Participants will receive advice about Covid 19 safety measures and class sizes will be reduced to enable social distancing.

  • Staff who have already booked their place/s should attend their booked session/s.
  • Staff currently out of date or due to be out of date by 30th June 2020 will receive an email asking them to book their practical sessions.
  • Those with training due in the months ahead will receive direct communication in due course.

Note that e-learning for all mandatory and essential for role subjects can be accessed any time, from any device so those staff that can undertake e-learning are encouraged to do so via DOT.

Cancelled/postponed training

We will, in due course, provide a pragmatic solution to the provision of delayed training. This may be putting on additional programmes and, where possible, we will aim to accommodate those already booked on where training has been postponed.

We also recommend that you view your mandatory and essential for role e-learning training on DOT. Even if you are currently in date you could undertake refreshers sooner as this will extend your next due date accordingly.

Covid-19 classroom training guidelines

CUH is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and closely following the latest guidance from the Government and Health and Safety Executive to ensure that we can safely return to the delivery of some of our mandatory/essential for role training in a way to ensure we are following standard hygiene and safe distancing practices.

Please follow the guidelines:

  • Staff are asked not to attend training if symptomatic (fever, cough, breathing difficulties, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, or other symptoms)
  • Staff working in green Covid areas are encouraged not to wear their clinical uniforms to training sessions, where possible. Staff working in red and amber Covid areas must remove their clinical uniform before attending training.
  • Hand sanitiser must be used on entering and leaving the training room
  • All staff must wear face masks and maintain a 2m distance at all times
  • Close proximity practical teaching should only occur if essential to the delivery of the learning. This should be kept to an absolute minimum, for the shortest possible time, with the minimum number of participants (for example maximum of 3 for bedside teaching) and always wearing a face mask
  • Only use the designated chairs – do not use chairs that have been taped off and set aside
  • The number allowed in training rooms is set to comply with social distancing rules
  • All equipment and other training aids must be cleaned between each individual contact
  • Social distancing and wearing of face masks must be maintained during breaks/lunchtime

Social distancing is one of the most important measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Please follow the guidelines – taking care of our staff is important to us.

Leadership training

There are a number of eLearning courses available to choose from on DOT, CUH’s online learning management system. The Edward Jenner Programme is a free online leadership development programme for aspiring and new leaders and managers from the NHS Leadership Academy. There are also leadership and other courses available online from eLearning for Healthcare and FutureLearn.

The Institute for Leadership & Management (ILM) have introduced free learn at lunch daily webinars on the topic of ‘Inspiring great leadership’. See availability and range of topics here.


We have a number of qualified coaches across the Trust who can offer private confidential space as a way of giving people quality time in the moment to think and having a conversation with someone that is safe and supportive during challenging times.
Please contact or register via Connect.

e-Learning for Healthcare – COVID-19 programme
Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare has created an e-learning programme in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic that is free to access, without logging in.

For more information about the programme visit

For those shielding or self-isolating at home: a Practice Supervisor online training opportunity

All health care professionals including nurses, midwives, allied health care professionals and medical staff who are shielding at home (i.e. those who can’t be at work for 12 weeks), or who are self-isolating and are well, can undertake practice supervisor training on DOT at home to become practice supervisors for all Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) students on their return.

This is an opportunity to support our nursing and midwifery students, to undertake 7.5 – 15 hours of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and to share your professional knowledge and experience with our future NHS workforce.