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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.

Delivering difficult news

Delivering difficult news Copyrighted image Credit: Monkey Business Images | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Apr 2015
Delivering bad news to children and their parents is never an easy task, medical professionals must learn the best way to do this. 

Social model of disability and the campaign for control

Social model of disability and the campaign for control Copyrighted image Credit: Ricochet - BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Mar 2015
What is the social model for disability? Does the social world exclude those with impairments, leading to disability?

Can everyone take control?

Can everyone take control? Copyrighted image Credit: Ricochet - BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Mar 2015
Is it possible for everyone with a disability to take control of their care?

Thinking Allowed: Conservatism and emotional labour in a care home

Thinking Allowed: Conservatism and emotional labour in a care home Creative commons image Credit: McBeth under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 17 Feb 2015
This week's Thinking Allowed focuses on the intellectual roots of Conservatism and also the emotional labour of care workers in a private...

Death, Dying

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Death, Dying Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 01 Apr 2014
The beliefs and traditions that revolve around the meaning of death play an important role in every culture, but how do these ideas vary and what...

Leadership in Health and Social Care

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Leadership in Health and Social Care Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 35 mins Updated 27 Sep 2013
These six managers, from frontline roles across health and social care in the UK, are real people in real roles. By sharing their experiences...

How much do you know about children in care?

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How much do you know about children in care? Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University. Images: Stephen Collins
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 20 Aug 2013
There are lots of myths surrounding children in care. Can you decipher fact from fiction? Take our quiz to find out

Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day - Episode 5

Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day - Episode 5 Copyrighted image Credit: Viktor Levi | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Updated 16 May 2013
In this week's episode you will witness the challenge of taking care of people with long-term conditions, a job only likely to get tougher with an...

Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day - Episode 6

Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day - Episode 6 Copyrighted image Credit: Drpluton | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Updated 30 Apr 2013
This week's episode sets the increasing demands on the NHS against the very real costs of those demands.

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An introduction to social work

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An introduction to social work Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
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?...

Caring in hospitals

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Caring in hospitals Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 15 Oct 2012
This unit considers the type of care offered in hospitals, using Leeds General Hospital as a case study. The unit looks at the people who have...

Caring: A Family Affair

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Caring: A Family Affair Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 12 Oct 2012
Care is needed at all stages of life. This unit makes care in the family its focus because the overwhelming majority of care, including health care...

Care relationships

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Care relationships Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 12 Oct 2012
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 unit we explore the...

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 boundaries of care

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The boundaries of care Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 12 Oct 2012
In this unit, we are going to look at a number of situations which put a strain on the idea that caring is just 'being ordinary', including times...

Diversity and difference in communication

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Diversity and difference in communication Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 16 hours Updated 12 Oct 2012
Interpersonal communication in health and social care services is by its nature diverse. As a consequence, achieving good or effective...

What's in a title: Understanding meanings in community care

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What's in a title: Understanding meanings in community care Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 4 hours Updated 12 Oct 2012
What do we mean by ‘community’, ‘care’ and ‘welfare’? In this unit you will explore the meanings of these words in their historical and cultural...

Understanding the past

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Understanding the past Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 21 Aug 2012
Care can make deep inroads into personal lives and life narratives, so it is essential that care workers are sensitive to this and provide...

Communication in health and social care

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Communication in health and social care Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 2 hours 30 mins Updated 18 Sep 2009
Whether working with older people, vulnerable children or patients suffering ill health or disability, care providers' ability to communicate is...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (England)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (England) Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015
What makes a top-flight sports coach or fitness instructor? This Certificate course investigates the factors that contribute to success, and gives...

Certificate in Health and Social Care

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Certificate in Health and Social Care Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015
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 in Promoting Public Health

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Certificate in Promoting Public Health Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015
Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and...

Certificate in End-of-Life Care

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Certificate in End-of-Life Care Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015
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...

Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015
If you’re already employed in a healthcare setting, the Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Sciences will help you develop the essential...

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland) Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015
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 in Working Together for Children

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Certificate in Working Together for Children Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015
Working with children requires practitioners to develop knowledge, skills, and values in a wide range of topics such as communication, transitions,...

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Wales)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Wales) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015
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...

Diploma of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice

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Diploma of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015
The role of healthcare support worker is fulfilling and increasingly challenging, and there are some exciting new roles emerging – particularly if...