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

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What's it like being a social worker 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
Open University social work graduate, Deanne Yarnold-Hill, tell us in this video interview how she worked with those affected by cancer.

Discussion hub: What is helpful for someone undergoing treatment for cancer?

Discussion hub: What is helpful for someone undergoing treatment for cancer? Copyrighted image Copyright: Oleksandr Marynchenko | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 May 2016
Which little kindnesses can you employ to help someone who is undergoing treatment for cancer and their families? Join our discusion forum to have...

World Social Work Day

World Social Work Day Copyrighted image Copyright: ISFW
Introductory level Updated 14 Mar 2016
March 15th is World Social Work Day. Explore social work in more detail with our range of free resources including interactives and free courses.

How To Die: Simon's Choice

How To Die: Simon's Choice Copyrighted image Copyright: Graham Smith - Minnow Films
Updated 11 Mar 2016
The dramatic and poignant story of one man facing a heart wrenching decision of whether to end his life at a suicide clinic.

Everybody's looking for love

Everybody's looking for love Creative commons image Juliana Coutinho under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Feb 2016
Having a learning disability doesn't mean you don't want the same things as other people when it comes to love - why would it?

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?

Should the NHS try a Dutch model for social care?

Should the NHS try a Dutch model for social care? Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Aug 2015
By adopting the approach used in the Netherlands, the NHS could cut costs but maintain quality, suggests Dr Elizabeth Cotton.

Can charities scale up to provide health and social services?

Can charities scale up to provide health and social services? Creative commons image NHS Confederation under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Jul 2015
If charities are to deliver more health and social services they’ll need to become better organisations, says Dr Elizabeth Cotton

Why your health care could depend on "benefit scroungers"

Why your health care could depend on Creative commons image NI Executive under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Jul 2015
Some of the people decried as benefit scroungers are actually working hard to deliver health care to you and the people you care about, explains Dr...

Improving the everyday lives of carers

Improving the everyday lives of carers Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Jun 2015
Many carers feel undervalued by society and that they are having to ‘go it alone’. The European Funded DISCOVER project, which included a team from...

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Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland

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Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland
Introductory level Duration 50 hours Updated 12 Apr 2016
This free course, Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland, explores the development, impact and challenges of personalisation in the...

Understanding the past

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Understanding the past Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 04 Mar 2016
Care can make deep inroads into personal lives and life narratives, so it is essential that care workers are sensitive to this and provide...

Care relationships

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Care relationships Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 02 Mar 2016
To set up a care relationship that works well is a delicate matter, whether you are at the giving or the receiving end. In this free course we...

Becoming a critical social work practitioner

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Becoming a critical social work practitioner Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 29 Feb 2016
What does it take to become a critical practitioner in social work? This free course, Becoming a critical social work practitioner, will guide you...

The boundaries of care

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The boundaries of care Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 29 Feb 2016
In this free course, The boundaries of care, we will look at a number of situations which put a strain on the idea that caring is just 'being...

An introduction to social work

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An introduction to social work Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 26 Feb 2016
Do you want to learn more about the social work role and develop your understanding of some of the theory associated with social work practice?...

Lennox Castle Hospital

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 26 Feb 2016
This free course, Lennox Castle Hospital, looks at the history of institutions in the twentieth century, starting with a case study of Lennox...

Living with death and dying

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 26 Feb 2016
This free course, Living with death and dying, will explore how knowledge of and beliefs about death and encounters with death affect people's...

Bedfordshire Mencap

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Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 26 Feb 2016
This free course, Bedfordshire Mencap, enables you to hear some of the founding members of the Bedfordshire Mencap organisation talk about how the...

Social work learning practice

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Social work learning practice Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 26 Feb 2016
This free audio course, Social work learning practice, focuses on the importance of people's backgrounds and experiences in the field of social...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Aug 2016
Do you work with young people in the youth justice system? Would you like to study for a qualification that will have a real impact on your...

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (England)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (England) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Aug 2016
Are you thinking about going into social work or social care? This certificate course is the ideal way to find out if it’s the right career for you...

Certificate of Higher Education in Sport, Fitness and Management

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Certificate of Higher Education in Sport, Fitness and Management Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Aug 2016
What makes a top-flight sports coach or fitness instructor? This Certificate course investigates the factors that contribute to success, and gives...

Certificate in Promoting Public Health

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Certificate in Promoting Public Health Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 28 Aug 2016
Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Aug 2016
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 Health and Social Care

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Certificate in Health and Social Care Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 28 Aug 2016
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 in Healthcare Practice

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Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Aug 2016
This certificate is for healthcare support staff. It integrates theory and practice and has a strong emphasis on learning in the workplace. You...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Aug 2016
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...

Certificate in End-of-Life Care

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Certificate in End-of-Life Care Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 28 Aug 2016
How do we approach death and dying at an individual level? How do we understand it within a wider social context? What are the ethical dilemmas...

Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Aug 2016
How can we improve the lives of children and young people who are ‘in trouble’? For professionals and volunteers working within a criminal justice...