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Your Health in Your Hands - PHBs

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Your Health in Your Hands - PHBs Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 11 Jul 2014
What are Personal Health Budgets, how do they work and how will they affect you?...

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...

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.

Student nurses’ experiences of becoming a registered nurse

Student nurses’ experiences of becoming a registered nurse Copyrighted image Credit: Bobby Flowers | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Updated 19 Mar 2013
How and why does pre-registration nurse education play a crucial role in ensuring patients and their families receive high-quality nursing care?

OU on the BBC: Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day - About the series

OU on the BBC: Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day - About the series Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Updated 13 Mar 2013
What can happen in a single day? Watch the new BBC Two observational documentary series Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day. 

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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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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...

Nutrition: Proteins

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 07 Feb 2014
This Unit studies 'proteins'. Starting with a simple analysis of the molecular make up, the Unit moves on to look at the importance of protein and...

Nutrition: Vitamins and minerals

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Nutrition: Vitamins and minerals Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 10 Dec 2013
Both vitamins and minerals are essential in the diet in small quantities.The term ‘vitamin’ was not coined until early in the 20th century, to...

Health is everywhere: Unravelling the mystery of health

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Health is everywhere: Unravelling the mystery of health Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 10 Dec 2013
This unit considers two ideas: that health is an ever-present factor in our lives, and that health is something difficult to define. But how can we...

Working with young people in sport and exercise

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Working with young people in sport and exercise Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 15 Nov 2013
This unit examines the special considerations of coaching or instructing young people in sport and exercise. The physiological differences between...

Pain and Aspirin

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Pain and Aspirin Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
What causes pain and how do we stop it? This unit looks at how the human body responds to the release of certain chemicals and as a result feels...

Predictive medicine

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 08 Jul 2013
In this unit you will learn how advances in genetics could change the way in which diseases are diagnosed and managed. The advent of predictive...

Gene therapy

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Gene therapy Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 08 Jul 2013
Following on from the advances made in diagnosing disorders using genetic testing, this unit looks at the possibilities for genetic therapies. Two...

Gene testing

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Gene testing Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 08 Jul 2013
This Unit looks at three different uses of genetic testing: pre-natal diagnosis, childhood testing and adult testing. Such tests provide genetic...

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Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 20 Aug 2014
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (England)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (England) Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 20 Aug 2014
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 Health and Social Care

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Certificate in Health and Social Care Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 20 Aug 2014
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 Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 20 Aug 2014
Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and...

Certificate in Health Sciences

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Certificate in Health Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 20 Aug 2014
This certificate provides a broad introduction to health sciences, exploring some of the scientific and social aspects of disease and disability....

Foundation Degree in Counselling

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Foundation Degree in Counselling Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 20 Aug 2014
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

Certificate of Higher Education in Health Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Health Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 20 Aug 2014
If you’re interested in human biology, psychology and health, or you are thinking about studying a health sciences degree, this Certificate of...

Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 20 Aug 2014
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 Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 20 Aug 2014
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...