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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.

Managing children’s pain

Managing children’s pain Copyrighted image Credit: Sergei Razvodovskij | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 Mar 2015
Recognising when a child is in pain and trying to relieve this can be complex. In this article Dr Joan Simons draws on her research on children's...

Who makes the difficult decisions about children’s treatment?

Who makes the difficult decisions about children’s treatment? Copyrighted image Credit: Elena Schweitzer | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 10 Mar 2015
Who has the right to decide on whether a child needs to undergo a surgical procedure? The child, the parents or a medical professional? The...

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!

Dementia care: Louise's story

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Dementia care: Louise's story Creative commons image Credit: Sharyn Morrow under CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0 licence
Introductory level Updated 16 Jan 2015
Is safety more important than freedom? Should care staff share mealtimes with the residents? Listen to the different perspectives on dementia care...

Scene 4: 'Safety has to come first'

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Scene 4: 'Safety has to come first' Creative commons image Credit: Puerta under CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0 licence
Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Jan 2015
In the final part of Louise's story, we hear how Louise wants to go outside in the garden. However, care staff deem safety is more important than...

Scene 3: 'We should do more with the residents'

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Scene 3: 'We should do more with the residents' Creative commons image Credit: Chamomile under Morguefile license
Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Jan 2015
Katherine explains in this podcast why her mother had to enter full-time residential care. She also expresses her surprise at the way the care home...

Scene 2: 'It was purpose built, just last year'

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Scene 2: 'It was purpose built, just last year' Creative commons image Credit: Sharyn Morrow under CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0 licence
Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Jan 2015
Listen to the second part of Louise's story where Katherine is unable to care for her mother any longer and looks at temporary respite care. 

Scene 1: “I know it’s a lot to take in…”

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Scene 1: “I know it’s a lot to take in…” Copyrighted image Credit: Elena Elisseeva | Dreamstime.com
Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Jan 2015
In the first part of Louise's Story hear how Katherine notices odd behaviour in her mother and consults her GP. 

To die or not to die?

To die or not to die? Copyrighted image Credit: Tyler Olson | Dreamstime.com
Updated 15 Jan 2014
As Hayley from Coronation Street says her farewells to life, with a little help from a loved one, we delve deeper into the debate about the right...

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The limits of primary care

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The limits of primary care Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 12 Oct 2012
In this unit we explore questions of access to community services. To make what might be quite a dry task more challenging we use a fictionalised...

The Beveridge vision

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The Beveridge vision Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 12 Oct 2012
This Unit looks at the work of William Beveridge in reforming the field of social welfare after World War II. Particular attention is paid to the...

Mental health practice: Bonnyrigg

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Mental health practice: Bonnyrigg Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 31 Jul 2012
Although society's attitude toward mental illness has improved, discrimination and misconceptions surrounding those affected are still prevalent....

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Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice

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Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
This certificate is for healthcare support staff. It integrates theory and practice and has a strong emphasis on learning in the workplace. You...

BSc (Honours) Adult Nursing

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
The BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing degree is a unique practice-based learning route for employers to grow staff into registered nurses. The degree...

BSc (Honours) Mental Health Nursing

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BSc (Honours) Mental Health Nursing Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
The BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing degree is a unique practice-based learning route for employers to grow staff into registered nurses. The...

BSc (Honours) Nursing Practice

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
If you’re a registered nurse, the BSc (Hons) Nursing Practice offers a practical way to take your career forward – enabling you to step up to an...

Enhancing your healthcare practice

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Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015 Register by 13 Aug 2015
This online, work-based course explores the importance of promoting health and  reflects on the contexts of practice and development of knowledge,...

Enhancing your healthcare practice

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Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015 Register by 13 Aug 2015
Part of our Pre-registration Nursing Programme, this practice-based module explores promoting health and healthcare practice; develops practice...

Human biology

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Human biology Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015 Register by 17 Sep 2015
This course in our nursing programme explores human biology in relation to health and disease, how the body’s systems interact, and interventions...

Extending your contribution to healthcare practice

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Extending your contribution to healthcare practice Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015 Register by 15 Oct 2015
Develop your healthcare practice by exploring opportunities and challenges faced in promoting healthy lifestyles and in caring for people with...

An introduction to health and social care

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An introduction to health and social care Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015 Register by 17 Sep 2015
Part of our Common Foundation Programme in nursing, this lively introductory module develops practical caring skills and prepares you for further...

Leading healthcare improvements

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Leading healthcare improvements Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This course will help you develop leadership skills in relation to healthcare service improvements, innovation and policy.