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  • What are bed blockers - and are they signs of a failing NHS? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Monkey Business Images | Dreamstime.com

    What are bed blockers - and are they signs of a failing NHS?

    By Dr Marc Cornock

    Instead of 'bed blockers' and statistics, it's important to remember that we're talking about people - and their care...

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    12 Jan 2017

  • 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 Icon Copyright: Monkey Business Images | Dreamstime.com
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Jan 2017
    Instead of 'bed blockers' and statistics, it's important to remember that we're talking about people - and their care needs.
  • Delivering difficult news Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Monkey Business Images | Dreamstime.com

    Delivering difficult news

    By Andy Rixon

    Delivering bad news to children and their parents is never an easy task, medical professionals must learn the best...

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    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    08 Apr 2015

  • Delivering difficult news

    Delivering difficult news Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: 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 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Ricochet - BBC

    Social model of disability and the campaign for control

    By Janet Bardsley

    What is the social model for disability? Does the social world exclude those with impairments, leading to disability?

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    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    03 Mar 2015

  • Social model of disability and the campaign for control

    Social model of disability and the campaign for control Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: 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? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Ricochet - BBC

    Can everyone take control?

    By Janet Bardsley

    Is it possible for everyone with a disability to take control of their care?

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    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    03 Mar 2015

  • Can everyone take control?

    Can everyone take control? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: 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 Creative commons image Icon McBeth under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license

    Thinking Allowed: Conservatism and emotional labour in a care home

    This week's Thinking Allowed focuses on the intellectual roots of Conservatism and also the emotional labour of care...

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    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    17 Feb 2015

  • Thinking Allowed: Conservatism and emotional labour in a care home

    Thinking Allowed: Conservatism and emotional labour in a care home Creative commons image Icon McBeth under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
    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 residential care...
  • Dementia care: Louise's story Creative commons image Icon Sharyn Morrow under CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license

    Dementia care: Louise's story

    By Dr Carol Komaromy

    Is safety more important than freedom? Should care staff share mealtimes with the residents? Listen to the different...

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    Activity

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    16 Jan 2015

  • Dementia care: Louise's story

    Dementia care: Louise's story Creative commons image Icon 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 in Louise...
  • Death, Dying

    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 are the...

    By The iTunes U team

    Listen now: Death, Dying

    Audio

    1 hour 30 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    01 Apr 2014

  • Death, Dying

    Death, Dying Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: 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...
  • Leadership in Health and Social Care

    These six managers, from frontline roles across health and social care in the UK, are real people in real roles. By sharing their experiences through short...

    By The iTunes U team

    Watch now: Leadership in Health and Social Care

    Video

    35 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    27 Sep 2013

  • Leadership in Health and Social Care

    Leadership in Health and Social Care Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: 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,...
  • How much do you know about children in care? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University. Images: Stephen Collins

    How much do you know about children in care?

    By Mick McCormick, Sandy Sieminski

    There are lots of myths surrounding children in care. Can you decipher fact from fiction? Take our quiz to find out

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    Activity

    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    20 Aug 2013

  • How much do you know about children in care?

    How much do you know about children in care? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: 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 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Viktor Levi | Dreamstime.com

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

    By The OpenLearn team

    In this week's episode you will witness the challenge of taking care of people with long-term conditions, a job only...

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    Article

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    16 May 2013

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

    Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day - Episode 5 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: 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 ageing...

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  • An introduction to social work

    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?...

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    Free course

    15 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    27 Sep 2017

  • An introduction to social work

    An introduction to social work Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 27 Sep 2017
    Do you want to learn more about the social work role and develop your...
  • Caring in hospitals

    This free course, Caring in hospitals, considers the type of care offered in hospitals, using Leeds General Hospital as a case study. The course...

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    Free course

    8 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    12 Jan 2017

  • Caring in hospitals

    Caring in hospitals Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 12 Jan 2017
    This free course, Caring in hospitals, considers the type of care offered in...
  • Understanding service improvement in healthcare

    This free course, Understanding service improvement in healthcare, will help you to understand what people mean by the terms ‘service’ and ...

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    Free course

    10 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    14 Sep 2016

  • Understanding service improvement in healthcare

    Understanding service improvement in healthcare Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Copyright © Olesya Zhigula/123RF
    Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 Sep 2016
    This free course, Understanding service improvement in healthcare, will help you...
  • What's in a title: Understanding meanings in community care

    What do we mean by 'community', 'care' and 'welfare'? In this free course, What's in a title: Understanding meanings in community care, you will...

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    Free course

    4 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    05 Apr 2016

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

    Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 4 hours Updated 05 Apr 2016
    What do we mean by 'community', 'care' and 'welfare'? In this free course, What's...
  • Understanding the past

    Care can make deep inroads into personal lives and life narratives, so it is essential that care workers are sensitive to this and provide...

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    Free course

    12 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    04 Mar 2016

  • Understanding the past

    Understanding the past Copyrighted image Icon 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...
  • Care relationships

    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...

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    Free course

    8 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    02 Mar 2016

  • Care relationships

    Care relationships Copyrighted image Icon 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...
  • The boundaries of care

    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...

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    Free course

    4 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    29 Feb 2016

  • The boundaries of care

    The boundaries of care Copyrighted image Icon 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...
  • Caring: A Family Affair

    Care is needed at all stages of life. This free course, Caring: A family affair, makes care in the family its focus because the overwhelming...

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    Free course

    8 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    23 Feb 2016

  • Caring: A Family Affair

    Caring: A Family Affair Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 23 Feb 2016
    Care is needed at all stages of life. This free course, Caring: A family affair,...
  • Diversity and difference in communication

    Interpersonal communication in health and social care services is by its nature diverse. As a consequence, achieving good or effective...

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    Free course

    16 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    10 Feb 2016

  • Diversity and difference in communication

    Diversity and difference in communication Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 16 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016
    Interpersonal communication in health and social care services is by its nature...
  • The limits of primary care

    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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    Free course

    4 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    10 Feb 2016

  • The limits of primary care

    The limits of primary care Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016
    In this free course, The limits of primary care, we explore questions of access to...

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    Certificate in Promoting Public Health

    Certificate in Promoting Public Health Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 600 hours Updated 04 Dec 2017
    Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities,...

    Certificate in Health and Social Care

    Certificate in Health and Social Care Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Engin_Akyurt
    Duration 600 hours Updated 04 Dec 2017
    Care is constantly in the headlines because it involves such a huge workforce and...

    Certificate in Working Together for Children

    Certificate in Working Together for Children Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 600 hours Updated 04 Dec 2017
    Working with children requires practitioners to develop knowledge, skills, and...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland)

    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland) Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 04 Dec 2017
    Are you thinking about going into social work or social care? This certificate...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (England)

    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (England) Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 04 Dec 2017
    Are you thinking about going into social work or social care? This certificate...

    Certificate in End-of-Life Care

    Certificate in End-of-Life Care Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 600 hours Updated 04 Dec 2017
    How do we approach death and dying at an individual level? How do we understand it...

    Foundation Degree in Healthcare Practice

    Foundation Degree in Healthcare Practice Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: 12019
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 04 Dec 2017
    The role of healthcare support worker is fulfilling and increasingly challenging,...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland)

    Diploma of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland) Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 04 Dec 2017
    Social care in Scotland is increasingly multidisciplinary and community focused –...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice

    Diploma of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 04 Dec 2017
    The role of healthcare support worker is fulfilling and increasingly challenging,...
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