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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: 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...

OU on the BBC: Wastemen

OU on the BBC: Wastemen Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2015
Join the people who work round the clock to cope with the vast swathes of waste produced by modern Britain, as we meet the Wastemen.

How Obamacare is reaching young invincibles through digital technologies

How Obamacare is reaching young invincibles through digital technologies Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Feb 2015
Reaching the under-35s by using digital technologies is crucial to the success of the insurance campaign from the Obama administration.

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!

Ebola regional fund shows growing solidarity in West Africa

Ebola regional fund shows growing solidarity in West Africa Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Updated 15 Oct 2014
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has renewed debate about the effectiveness of health systems and how best to support collective regional action.

Dementia Awareness Week 2015

Dementia Awareness Week 2015 Creative commons image Credit: McBeth under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 04 Sep 2014
Dementia Awareness weeks runs from 17th-23rd May 2015; know the signs, help those who are affected and get vital information on this...

Global challenges facing dementia care

Global challenges facing dementia care Creative commons image Credit: K.Kendall under CC-BY-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Sep 2014
Life expectancy has risen across the globe and with it so has the number of people with dementia, so what can be done to improve the care,...

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Public health in community settings: An introduction

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Public health in community settings: An introduction Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 04 Apr 2014
This unit introduces you to some key aspects of community level engagement, in particular how to get to know the locality in which you want to work...

Using numbers and handling data

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Using numbers and handling data Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 21 Mar 2014
You might not realise it, but maths is an essential component of healthcare. In fact, sloppy calculations can have fatal consequences. This unit is...

Introducing public health

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Introducing public health Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 18 Mar 2014
This unit introduces some key elements of public health and health promotion, using a video case study of Coventry. It focuses on the major...

Public health and mental health promotion

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Public health and mental health promotion Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 18 Feb 2014
In this unit you will examine public health from a mental health perspective, beginning with an exploration of the relationship between public...