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What are bed blockers - and are they signs of a failing NHS?

What are bed blockers - and are they signs of a failing NHS? Copyrighted image Credit: Monkey Business Images | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Apr 2015
Instead of 'bed blockers' and statistics, it's important to remember that we're talking about people - and their care needs.

Dementia care: What happens in the brain?

Dementia care: What happens in the brain? Creative commons image Credit: ML Cohen under CC-BY-NC-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Apr 2015
Dementia is an umbrella term for a range of different disorders that affect the brain- get the low down on the various types here. 

Dementia care: Choosing whose rights matter

Dementia care: Choosing whose rights matter Copyrighted image Credit: Kolotype | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Apr 2015
When do issues around safety versus human rights conflict in dementia care homes? What can be done to help retain the resident's freedom of choice?

Dementia care: Modelling good care

Dementia care: Modelling good care Creative commons image Credit: K.Kendall under CC-BY-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Apr 2015
How can you empower those with dementia and keep them involved in social situations?

Dementia care: Doing good or at least no harm

Dementia care: Doing good or at least no harm Creative commons image Credit: McBeth under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Apr 2015
Family and carers often have to make difficult decisions that affect those suffering with dementia. Find out what decisions are beneficial and what...

What do you really know about autism?

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What do you really know about autism? Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Apr 2015
You've probably heard a lot about autism - but can you separate the myth from the reality?

Slowdown of brain’s waste removal system could drive Alzheimer’s

Slowdown of brain’s waste removal system could drive Alzheimer’s Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 17 Mar 2015
Is a 'leaky' blood-brain barrier driving Alzheimer's disease? The latest scientific research indicates this may be the case. Read on to find out...

Health and Social Care Discussion Hub

Health and Social Care Discussion Hub Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 23 Jan 2015
Discussion hub for those studying the Health and Social Care Pathway with Pathways to Success.

Health and Social Care Tasters

Health and Social Care Tasters Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 23 Jan 2015
Is health and Social Care for you? Dip into some of our tasters and find out!

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Exploring family health

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Exploring family health Copyrighted image Credit: Iakov Filimonov/Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 18 Feb 2015
How can families support healthy living and cope with illness? This free course, Exploring family health, will provide an understanding of what is...

From sound to meaning: hearing, speech and language

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From sound to meaning: hearing, speech and language Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 14 Mar 2014
Human communication is vastly more complex than that of any other species we know about. It is so complex that linguists are only just beginning to...

Health is everywhere: Unravelling the mystery of health

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Health is everywhere: Unravelling the mystery of health Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 05 Mar 2014
This unit considers two ideas: that health is an ever-present factor in our lives, and that health is something difficult to define. But how can we...

Finding information in health and lifestyle

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Finding information in health and lifestyle Creative commons image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 08 Jul 2013
This unit will help you to identify and use information in health and lifestyle, whether for your work, study or personal purposes. Experiment with...

What's in a title: Understanding meanings in community care

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What's in a title: Understanding meanings in community care Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 4 hours Updated 12 Oct 2012
What do we mean by ‘community’, ‘care’ and ‘welfare’? In this unit you will explore the meanings of these words in their historical and cultural...

Issues in complementary and alternative medicine

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Issues in complementary and alternative medicine Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 19 hours Updated 30 Aug 2012
Why are so many people now turning to complementary and alternative medicine and why do approaches to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)...

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Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 May 2015
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

Certificate in Health and Social Care

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Certificate in Health and Social Care Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 25 May 2015
Care is constantly in the headlines because it involves such a huge workforce and huge budgets, and profoundly affects so many lives. And what...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 May 2015
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

Certificate in Promoting Public Health

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Certificate in Promoting Public Health Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 25 May 2015
Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and...

Certificate in Health Sciences

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Certificate in Health Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 25 May 2015
This certificate provides a broad introduction to health sciences, exploring some of the scientific and social aspects of disease and disability....

Foundation Degree in Counselling

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Foundation Degree in Counselling Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 May 2015
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 May 2015
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Diploma of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice

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Diploma of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 May 2015
The role of healthcare support worker is fulfilling and increasingly challenging, and there are some exciting new roles emerging – particularly if...

Diploma of Higher Education in Paramedic Sciences

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Diploma of Higher Education in Paramedic Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 May 2015
This DipHE course has been specially developed for staff working in a variety of paramedic support settings, such as emergency response units. It...