AFEN Education Programme

This programme is aimed at emergency nurses requiring CPD and supports the AFEN qualification and is a part of the MFEN programme too.

When:  Enrol at anytime as all webinars are recorded and available in the LMS section when you log in to the members area of the website.

  • Live: Tuesday evenings 19:00 to 21:00 – On-going (programme started on 15/09/2020) 
  • Webnar recordings from the begining of programm are available on the members area of the website.

Programme Duration: two hours per week over two years

Accredited Qualification(s) – this is optional for an extra fee.

Location: Virtual via Zoom with webinar recordings available for catch-up

Fees: £72 – Two years FEN membership

Getting started: 1) Join FEN and 2) Tick the box to show want to access the AFEN programme.

Your welcome membership email will provide the Zoom access codes for the live webinars

Please allow 5 working days for memberships to be approved, and members access to the website to be granted.  On member login you will then be able to view the AFEN learning resources in the members only area.

Any queries about membership, registration on the programme or website access please contact us

European Quality Framework: Level 6

National equivalents:

Irish National Framework of Qualifications: Level 7/8

Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework: Level 10/9

Outside of UK & Ireland

If you are from outside of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, you are welcome to join the Faculty and access our training programme. Should you wish to complete the clinical portfolio for accreditation please contact us.

Our two year taught programme will enable registered nurses working within emergency care to develop the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills required for Associate level Competency (AFEN). This programme will be delivered through webinars and online learning.

The programme will be delivered on Tuesday Evenings 19:00 to 21:00 GMT/BST (15/9/2020 to 25/8/2022). There will be a two week break for Christmas and Easter as well as a short break between the first and second year of the programme. Webinars will be recorded and accessible by FEN members to catch-up or to review at a later date. On completion of an evaluation form following the webinar, you will receive confirmation of attendance in the form of a CPD certificate, this can be uploaded as a PDF to your own CPDme e-portfolio also included in FEN membership.

To access the programme, you will need to be a nurse registrant Plus purchase two years membership with the Faculty of Emergency Nursing – either as an individual with AFEN/MFEN membership or corporate membership. To continue to access the programme your membership must remain current. To join FEN click here.

FEN membership also includes a CPDme account with your very own e-portfolio to supplement FENLearning.

Members can also use CPDme to access more CPD webinars and online learning resources, build their own Emergency Nursing e-portfolio and store CPD evidence for NMC revalidation or work towards our own FEN competencies to achieve an optional accredited FEN qualification AFEN/MFEN (accreditation fees not included in membership).

This programme of study is designed to provide the theoretical underpinnings to achieve the AFEN level competence. If you wish to have this level of competence accredited, you will need to supplement this with background reading, engagement with additional web-based resources and undertake clinical skills teaching and assessments in your own place of work. You will also need to build a clinical portfolio of robust evidence against a set of assessment criteria in order to demonstrate necessary learning outcomes. You will need support from an assessor to sign you off an index of competencies at AFEN level whilst in clinical practice. We are also developing some assessment and portfolio tools to support this evidence.

For a nurse new to emergency nursing, it will take approximately two years to complete all the learning to gain the qualification. The taught programme delivered in webinars will cover the outcomes of all eight units. Provided evidence is collected throughout this period then candidates can expect to have a complete portfolio ready for submission by the end of the programme. However completed portfolios may be submitted before this.

Should you wish to submit a portfolio for accreditation, this will incur an extra cost. This is likely to be £500 and will provide credits on the Credit & Qualifications Framework for Wales (CQFW) which is mapped – like other European Countries – to the European Qualifications Framework. To see how qualifications can cross boundaries across the UK and Ireland the following link may be helpful: qccb-web-oct-2019.pdf (

1st Year Content2nd Year Content
Introduction to the programme, including:
what is expected of you
how lectures will work
legal foundations
ethical principles
Heads – anatomy & physiology
ABCDE assessmentHead injuries
Chest – injuries (part 1)Brain pathology
Chest – illnesses (part 1)Airway assessment – plans A – D
Chest – injuries (part 2)Sedation
Chest – illnesses (part 2)Mental health – common presenting symptoms
Risk assessments – Infection controlPsychotic illness
Hearts – ECG interpretation methodsAnxiety-related presentations
Hearts  – ArrhythmiasMental health prioritisation scales
Hearts – BlocksOverdoses – drugs used and treatment options
Hearts – Acute Coronary Syndrome (part 1)Poisoning
Hearts – Acute Coronary Syndrome (part 2)Mental Capacity assessment
Hearts – congenital abnormalitiesLegal detention of mentally ill people
Hearts – injuries and infectionsHealth and Safety risk assessments
Risk assessments – pressure areasCommunicable diseases
Limbs – arm injuriesEnd of life
Limbs – hand injuriesSudden death
Limbs – hip injuriesSudden bereavement
Limbs – lower leg and foot injuriesManual handling in Emergency Care
Risk assessments – Safeguarding (initial)Eye assessment (1)
Pain assessmentEye assessment (2)
Non-pharmaceutical pain reliefEye treatments
Pharmaceutical pain relief optionsEar problems
Wound assessmentNose problems
Wound cleaning and closureThroat problems
Local anaesthetics for wound exploration and closureMajor incident planning
Wound dressingsMajor incident implementation
Risk assessments – Safeguarding (secondary)Major incident –  Communication structures
Structuring Emergency CareClinical governance in Emergency Care
Prioritising in Emergency CareHuman Factors in Emergency Care
Burns – assessmentHandover/transfer of care
Burns – treatmentPregnancy in a nutshell
Major burnsDelivering a baby
Explosion injuriesResuscitation of the newborn
Auditing Emergency CarePV bleeds
Normal childhood progressionKidney injury
Adolescents – physical changesKidney pathology
Adolescents – cognitive changesDomestic Abuse
Adolescents – legal changesSepsis
Adolescents – transitionCognitive impairment
Normal ageing progressionAdjusting care to the individual patient
Abdominal pain – assessmentViolence and aggression – prevention and management
Abdominal injuriesShock
Abdominal pathologyConsent
Risk assessment – FallsManaging unpredictable patients
Diabetes (1)End of course – summary and evaluation
Diabetes (2)

Course fee

£72 Two years FEN membership required, payment to be received prior to course registration.

This includes access to own FEN member CPDme e-portfolio, live weekly zoom webinars and a LMS of all past recordings of webinars.

Optional additional costs

Qualification accreditation fee – the finalised AFEN competencies, details on registering and submitting costs for accreditation of the AFEN qualification can be found in the members only area on login under AFEN Competencies.

The webinar programme can be completed without submitting a portfolio but to achieve AFEN accreditation you will need to complete:

Three compulsory units:

Compulsory Group A – Must complete both

Core Competencies for Working in Emergency Care Settings
Psychological Care of Patients in Emergency Care Settings

Compulsory Group B – Choose one

Care of Adults and Older People in Emergency Care Settings
Care of Children and Younger People in Emergency Care Settings

You must also choose one of the following optional units:

Care of Patients with Non-Life/Non-Limb Threatening Injuries
Care of Patients with Major Trauma
Care of Patients in the Pre Hospital Care Environment
Care of Patients in a Major Incident

Clinical assessment must be undertaken in the workplace. A portfolio of practice must be developed which will include workplace based assessments, case based discussions, annotated clinical notes, audits of notes. Once complete portfolios should be submitted to the Internal Quality Assurance Board for verification and award of qualification.

To enrol on the programme of AFEN webinars please ensure you have purchased our AFEN/MFEN membership or are a corporate funded member and complete the form below. Your member welcome email contains details on how to access the online webinars, live zoom timetable and the LMS of past recordings.