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Why are maggots making a comeback in hospitals?

Why are maggots making a comeback in hospitals? Creative commons image Dean Morley under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Jun 2016
The use of maggots to clean a wound is being given a second look by some doctors. An ancient treatment with strong 21st century applications is...

What's it like being a nurse in the cancer field?

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What's it like being a nurse in the cancer field? Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 May 2016
Watch these short videos where Open University graduates Anne Hampton and Vikkie Allan tell us what their roles in medical oncology and...

The Big C & Me

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The Big C & Me Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Updated 11 May 2016
With millions of people living with cancer, this OU/BBC series follows the lives of some of them as they deal with everything the disease has to...

Do we have a right to die?

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Do we have a right to die? Copyrighted image Copyright: Brad Calkins | Dreamstime.com
Updated 27 Jan 2016
Do we have a right to die? What are the moral and ethical implications of assisted suicide?

Lazarus: David Bowie's bio-obituary

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Lazarus: David Bowie's bio-obituary Copyrighted image Copyright: Markwaters | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Jan 2016
What does David Bowie's last single tell us about his attitude to a death he almost certainly was expecting?

Will more money for the NHS deliver for midwife services?

Will more money for the NHS deliver for midwife services? Creative commons image Jim Linwood under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Nov 2015
In pre-announcements before the Autumn Statement, new money for the NHS was being promised. But will it help solve the crisis in midwifery services...

Can the NHS solve its bullying problem?

Can the NHS solve its bullying problem? Copyrighted image Copyright: Foreground: Nikolay Mamluke | Dreamstime.com / Background Parentingupstream
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Oct 2015
The NHS has a serious problem with bullying at work. What can be done to solve it? (The advice could work in other workplaces, too...)

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 Copyright: 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 Copyright: 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 Copyright: 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...

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Mental health practice: Bonnyrigg

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Mental health practice: Bonnyrigg Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016
Although society's attitude toward mental illness has improved, discrimination and misconceptions surrounding those affected are still prevalent....

The Beveridge vision

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The Beveridge vision Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016
This free course, The Beveridge vision, looks at the work of William Beveridge in reforming the field of social welfare after World War II....

The limits of primary care

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016
In this free course, The limits of primary care, we explore questions of access to community services. To make what might be quite a dry task more...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice

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Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 29 Jun 2016
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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BSc (Honours) Adult Nursing Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 29 Jun 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 29 Jun 2016
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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BSc (Honours) Nursing Practice Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 29 Jun 2016
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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Enhancing your healthcare practice Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Jun 2016 Register by 11 Aug 2016
This online, work-based course explores the importance of promoting health and  reflects on the contexts of practice and development of knowledge,...

Extending your contribution to healthcare practice

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Extending your contribution to healthcare practice Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Jun 2016 Register by 13 Oct 2016
Develop your healthcare practice by exploring opportunities and challenges faced in promoting healthy lifestyles and in caring for people with...

Exploring practice

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Exploring practice Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Jun 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Examine a project theme around your own practice in health or social care, develop an action plan and explore the implications for change and...

Leading healthcare improvements

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Leading healthcare improvements Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Jun 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
This course will help you develop leadership skills in relation to healthcare service improvements, innovation and policy.

An introduction to health and social care

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An introduction to health and social care Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Jun 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
Part of our Common Foundation Programme in nursing, this lively introductory module develops practical caring skills and prepares you for further...

Enhancing your healthcare practice

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Enhancing your healthcare practice Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Jun 2016 Register by 11 Aug 2016
Part of our Pre-registration Nursing Programme, this practice-based module explores promoting health and healthcare practice; develops practice...