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OpenLearn courses related to health and social care

OpenLearn courses related to health and social care

Try a day in the life of a social worker

(Introductory, 15 mins)

Could you manage 24 hours as a social worker? This resource provides the opportunity to step into a social worker’s shoes and experience a ‘typical’ day in the office.

Social work and the law in Scotland

(Intermediate, 15 mins)

Social workers have power to make assessments and decisions that alter people’s lives. This unit introduces law as it relates to social work and encourages understanding of the law in order to make sound decisions.

Interview with a social worker

(Introductory, 1 hr)

Describe the competencies of a support worker; identify your strengths and areas for personal development.

The meaning of home

(Introductory, 4 hrs)

Demonstrate an understanding of how shared histories of places and spaces could be important resource to any caring relationship;identify ways in which the environment can become a resource for caring;appreciate the importance of personal control over changes of place in relation to how people cope and adjust.

Social Work learning practice

(Introductory, 4 hrs)

Recognise the importance of people's backgrounds and experiences in understanding their life experiences; acknowledge differences between your own and other people's identities, the experiences that have shaped people, their diversity and the ways in which society values them; identify the need for empathy in understanding and relating to people whose life experiences and/or outlooks differ markedly from your own, as well as to people whose experiences resemble your own; understand what influences service users' views of professionals when seeking help; begin to practice reflectively.

Starting with psychology

(Introductory, 5 hrs)

The most ‘important and greatest puzzle’ we face as humans is ourselves (Boring, 1950, p. 56). Humans are a puzzle – one that is complex, subtle and multi-layered, and it gets even more complicated as we evolve over time and change in different contexts. When answering the question ‘What makes us who we are?’, psychologists put forward a range of explanations about why people feel, think and behave the way they do.

Taster material for the OU Openings courses.

Understanding society: families

(Introductory, 5 hrs)

Here you will explore how different families have different ideas about how work in the home should be divided. You will also investigate the diversity of families. We will see how any discussion of the division of labour has to recognise that families differ in terms of shape and size.

Taster material for the OU Openings courses.

Caring: a family affair

(Introductory, 8 hrs)

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, is supplied in families, much of it in private, much of it unnoticed and unremarked upon. The meaning of the term (informal carer) and the word (care) itself are explored.

Caring in hospitals

(Introductory, 8 hrs)

Identify the different approaches and contributions staff make to care for health in a hospital setting; evaluate the interpersonal relationships of those working together for health in a hospital setting; appreciate how patients might experience care for health in a hospital setting.

Mental health practice: Bonnyrigg

(Introductory, 10 hrs)

Distinguish between mental health and mental illness; give examples of how community resource centres can benefit the well-being of individuals and communities in terms of mental health.

Understanding the past

(Introductory, 12 hrs)

Care can make deep inroads into personal lives and life narratives, so it is essential that care workers are sensitive to this and provide appropriate support. The history of Lennox Castle Hospital in Scotland provides a focus for considering the impact of institutional life.

Using voluntary work to get ahead in the job market

(Introductory, 12 hrs)

This unit explores how engaging in voluntary work can enhance your employment opportunities.

Parents as partners

(Introductory, 16 hrs)

In this unit we look at the notion of parents as partners. We identify reasons why partnership is important for children, parents and practitioners, and give examples of ways in which it can be interpreted in practice. We also outline a conceptual framework to accommodate parental involvement and partnership practice.

Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland

(Introductory, 40 hrs)

This course will provide the foundations of understanding self-directed support in Scotland in the wider context of personalisation. Providing grounding in the culture and ways of thinking that are required to implement whatever local arrangements exists for personalisation in Scotland.


This course was written by Lindsay Hewitt, Sarah Burton and Julie Robson.

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