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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

Budget 2015: The Experts Respond

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Duration 15 mins Updated 09 Jul 2015
A range of reactions to George Osborne's Summer 2015 budget, ranging from the impact on adoption, through defence, to questions of work, tax and...

OU on the BBC- Wanted: A Very Personal Assistant

OU on the BBC- Wanted: A Very Personal Assistant Copyrighted image Copyright: The BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 07 Jul 2015
Life with a disability can be one challenge after another. Finding the right carer can open up a world of possibilities.

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...

DEBATE: Social Model of Disability

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DEBATE: Social Model of Disability Copyrighted image Copyright: Brad Calkins | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 07 May 2015
What is the social model of disability? Does the social world exclude disabled people?

Social model of disability and the campaign for control

Social model of disability and the campaign for control Copyrighted image 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?

Can everyone take control? Copyrighted image 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?

Health and Social Care Tasters

Health and Social Care Tasters Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 23 Jan 2015
Is health and Social Care for you? Dip into some of our tasters and find out!

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Work and mental health

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Work and mental health Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
Although being at work during periods of mental illness can be difficult for those with mental health problems, most people with these difficulties...

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?...

Social care, social work and the law - England and Wales

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Social care, social work and the law - England and Wales Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 4 hours Updated 12 Feb 2016
This free course is made up of four extracts related to social care, social work and the law in England and Wales. The extracts are stand-alone...

An introduction to social work in Wales

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An introduction to social work in Wales
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 12 Feb 2016
Respecting the individuality of each person is a central value of social work but, as the term suggests, social work is not only about individual...

Social care in the community

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Social care in the community
Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 23 Oct 2015
Social care involves the challenge of supporting people who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to function without assistance or supervision....