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Protecting Our Parents: Nowhere to go

Protecting Our Parents: Nowhere to go Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Updated 22 Apr 2014
The final episode explores the problem that, as the years go on, being cared for at home won't be possible, yet places in care homes are already in...

How much do you know about children in care?

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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

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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.

The importance of person-centred approaches to nursing care

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Introductory Level Updated 15 Mar 2013
Professor Jan Draper and Dr Josie Tetley explain why getting to know the person behind the patient is the raison d'être of person-centred...

Is mental health care a family affair?

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Introductory Level Updated 15 Mar 2013
Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing John Rowe explores the concept of carer-centred practice.

Try A Day in the Life of a Social Worker

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Introductory Level Duration 15 mins Updated 12 Nov 2012
Could you manage 24 hours as a social worker? A Day in the Life... provides you with the opportunity to step into a social worker's shoes and to...

Question time for healthcare services?

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Introductory Level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Feb 2012
Former midwife Pam Foley asks questions about the effects a changing society has on the quality and provision of healthcare

Being a GP

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Introductory Level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Jan 2012
Tom Heller discusses the changing role and responsibility of a GP and the skills they need to serve a community 

Health Check: Life expectancy in Costa Rica

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Introductory Level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2011
Why does Costa Rica have such a good life expectancy? Health Check from The Open University and BBC World Service investigates.

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Introducing social work practice

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Introducing social work practice Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory Level Duration 24 hours Updated 10 Dec 2013
Social work is a vital element in how our society cares for those in need. This unit looks at the meaning of ‘social work values’ as well as the...

Caring in hospitals

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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...

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BA (Honours) Social Work (England)

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BA (Honours) Social Work (England) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 04 Jul 2013
Qualify as a social worker in England with this unique work-based degree, offered in partnership with employers – who must sponsor and register you...