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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Improving the everyday lives of carers

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 the Open University led by Dr Verina Waights, have developed a website to support carers through helping them to use digital technologies and get online. 

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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Digital technologies and innovation in health and social care

Explore innovations in digital technologies within the health and social care sector in these free courses.

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What about me? A personal development course for carers in Wales free course icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

What about me? A personal development course for carers in Wales

This is a personal development course for carers in Wales. It will help you to identify and reflect on your experiences, interests, skills and your future aspirations. You will also have the opportunity to develop a personal action plan to take forward beyond the course. Developed by The Open University in Wales and Carers Trust Wales, it is embedded with case studies from real carers sharing their experiences and reflections.

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5 hrs
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Supporting and developing resilience in social work

What does it take to become a resilient practitioner in social work? This free course, Supporting and developing resilience in social work, will guide you through some important concepts. An understanding of ‘emotional resilience’ and ‘professional leadership’ will help to guide you through taking a positive approach to problems that ----- in social work practice. You will also be introduced to some ideas about leadership in social work practice.

Free course
10 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Everyday maths for Health and Social Care and Education Support 2

This free course, Everyday maths for Health, Social Care and Education Support 2, will build on your current maths skills for work, study and everyday life.

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48 hrs
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Caring for adults

This course will help you to develop a better understanding of some of the key issues that relate to being a carer, whether in a paid or unpaid role.

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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Try a Day in the Life of a Social Worker

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 experience a 'typical' day in the office

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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Let's talk about sex, intimacy and relationships...

... with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition or another disabling condition. Try our interactive video experience to explore the challenges around sex. It doesn't have to be embarrassing!

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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Social care in the community

Social care involves the challenge of supporting people who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to function without assistance or supervision. This free course, Social care in the community, focuses on one important area of social care, home care for older people.

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3 hrs
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

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? This free course, An introduction to social work, begins by introducing key ideas, values, the social work process and the skills needed for social work practice. You will then move on to look at social work with individuals. Finally this OpenLearn course considers reflective practice.Please note: As part of a review of content, this course will shortly be updated. The new version of the course will be available on Wednesday 6 October 2021. If you want to complete this current version of the course, please do so by the date given. 

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15 hrs
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

How do we solve the social care funding problem?

It's one of the policy focuses of this election cycle - how do we meet the rising costs of caring for an aging population? The OU's Janette Rutterford explores a way forward.

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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Family Fortunes: Could you help a family in crisis?

Families need support for different reasons - and families may need differing approaches to the same challenges. How well can you connect families and sources of support?

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