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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...

Health and Social Care Tasters

Health and Social Care Tasters Copyrighted image Copyright: 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 Sharyn Morrow under CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
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 Puerta under CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
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...

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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 17 Feb 2015
Although society's attitude toward mental illness has improved, discrimination and misconceptions surrounding those affected are still prevalent....

The limits of primary care

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The limits of primary care Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 12 Oct 2012
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...

The Beveridge vision

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The Beveridge vision Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 12 Oct 2012
This free course, The Beveridge vision, looks at the work of William Beveridge in reforming the field of social welfare after World War II....

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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 06 Feb 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 06 Feb 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 06 Feb 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 06 Feb 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...

Working together for children

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Working together for children Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 07 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Gain the skills and knowledge essential for working with children aged 0 – 12, focusing on listening to children, promoting children's well being...

Promoting public health: skills, perspectives and practice

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Promoting public health: skills, perspectives and practice Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 07 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Challenge your own assumptions around public health promotion policies and interventions, and gain the knowledge and confidence to move your...

Enhancing your healthcare practice

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Enhancing your healthcare practice Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 06 Feb 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 06 Feb 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 06 Feb 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 06 Feb 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
This course will help you develop leadership skills in relation to healthcare service improvements, innovation and policy.