Free online CPD

If you are at home with some time on your hands then there are a wide range of courses and other learning options available online, some with accreditation. We’ve put together a selection of the best free or cheap options we’ve found and will keep adding to this page as we identify new ones but we’d also love to add your suggestions.  Some of these platforms will also have courses that may be helpful for your clients looking to add to their CV.

Don’t forget to also check out our coronavirus resources covering key information, home working, mental health and wellbeing, organisation resources, policies and templates, condition-specific guidance and more and our guide to return to work during and post Covid-19 and the lockdown.

Upcoming free webinars

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Online courses of particular interest to VR practitioners

The Open University has free health, sports and psychology courses which you can start to suit you and have free access for as long as you need. We’ve picked out a few below:

Futurelearn’s psychology and mental health courses and healthcare and medicine courses, almost all are free! We’ve picked out a few starting soon of particular interest below -you can join after the start dates whilst the course is still running:

Alison has a range of free health courses (it seem to be funded by showing adverts which you can remove for a small fee) including:

Coursera which offers a number of free courses

Khan Academy has some health and medicine options including anatomy and physiology and lots of short condition-specific overviews

Edx has some free courses, Through my eyes – Intellectual disability healthcare around the world

Learn BSL level 1 with Doncaster Deaf Trust

Telephone assessment and rehabilitation skills for an outcome-focused rehabilitation session recording of a RTWPlus training session

Free online courses and webinar recordings for employers and employees from the British Safety Council including Covid-19: managing the workplace a practical perspective, managing mental health, stress awareness, managing stress within your team, mental health awareness, remote workers health, safety and welfare are here.

Business skills

  • Open University – wide range of free courses including business and management skills, communication, risk management, finance and much more.
  • Stanford Online – has a few interesting business courses include rethinking teams, SEO and data
  • Futurelearn –  another varied range of courses including emergency planning and preparedness, digital, professional resilience and starting a business.
  • Alison – lots of business and marketing courses (it seem to be funded by showing adverts which you can remove for a small fee).
  • Shaw Academy – wide range of courses including digital marketing, graphic design, social media marketing, leadership and management, web design and much more.  Appears to be one course free for anyone joining new.
  • Virtual College has a number of free e-learning options including an introduction to GDPR.


Futurelearn which offers courses run by global universities has a short course on tackling the coronavirus starting on 23/3 but you can generally join for a while here and another on managing COVID-19 in general practice for front line healthcare professionals on 6/4.

Alison is running Coronavirus – what you need to know which you can join at any time.

E-integrity is offering a range of courses for healthcare professionals free through their coronavirus e-learning programme.

The International Labour Organisation Global Business and Disability Network have recorded their webinar on digital inclusion in Covid-19 responses in the world of work.

Informing risk assessment of those more vulnerable to infection by Covid19 from SOM and Council for Work and Health slides here and webinar recording here