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Taking my learning further

1 What have I learned?

We hope you found Introducing practical healthcare interesting and informative.

You may remember answering a few questions at the start of the course about your learning motivations. Now you’ve completed all or part of the course we’d like to ask you to reflect on your experience by completing one last short activity.

Activity 1

Timing: Allow about 15 minutes

Questionnaire about your learning (2) 

If you would like to review your responses to the first questionnaire at the start of the course you can do so by revisiting the Questionnaire about your learning (1) at the start of the course.

Consider where you were when you first started this course.

  • How did studying this course fit within your general everyday routine? Did you dedicate time to work on it or were you given time to complete the work?
  • Were there any particular challenges you faced? How did you overcome them?
  • Have you learned anything that you will be able to take forwards in the future? How might this influence how you do things in the future?

By studying this course you should now be able to:

  • explain what the day-to-day role of a healthcare assistant entails and what duties you might be asked to perform
  • recognise some of the basic concepts that will enable a person-centred approach to care
  • identify approaches to healthcare practice which enable patient safety
  • explain some of the legal responsibilities within the healthcare assistant role.

2 Badges and statement of participation


We hope that you now feel a sense of achievement collecting the badges for Introducing practical healthcare. For a reminder on how to obtain your badges after completing a section, please see How do I access my badge? 

For a reminder on how to obtain your statement of participation after achieving all of your badges, please see How do I access my statement of participation?

If you haven’t yet collected the full set of four badges for Introducing practical healthcare, you still have the opportunity to return to the course and attempt other sections. When you have collected all four badges you will be able to download a statement of participation. It shows that you have successfully completed the whole course and you can take it to your employer to demonstrate self-directed learning and support for personal development.

When you have successfully completed a section and passed the associated quiz assessment, you will receive your Introducing practical healthcare badge for that section. You will receive email notification that your badge has been awarded and it will appear in your My Badges area in your OpenLearn Works profile. Please note it can take up to 24 hours for a badge to be issued.

You will be notified by email if you have received a statement of participation. Once it is available (as a PDF file), you will be able to see and download it from your OpenLearn Works profile.

It may take up to 24 hours for the statement of participation to be issued after you have completed the course.

3 Where next?

We hope you enjoyed Introducing practical healthcare, and we hope the course has inspired you to continue your learning journey. Below are some key links to where you might like to go next.

Progressing your career

If you are looking to join the NHS or progress in your career as a healthcare assistant, the NHS careers website might also be very helpful to you , as will their healthcare assistant page.

This course has taken you through a lot of the information you would cover as part of your Care Certificate assessment in healthcare. If you are interested to know more about the Care Certificate which covers the skills, knowledge and behaviours to provide compassionate, safe and high-quality care and support, the following website will provide further information: Skills for Care 'Care Certificate'.


You may like to consider volunteering to extend and enhance your skills and knowledge. These websites may help you to think about your options:

More free, informal courses

Introducing practical healthcare is one of a suite of six courses. You may like to study one of the other five.

The Open University also provides further online introductory courses and skills for study courses, all of which are free and online.

FutureLearn also has a wide range of online courses that you may like to consider.

The Open University

You may like to consider one of The Open University’s Access courses to prepare you for successful study towards a nationally recognised higher education qualification.

The OU offers a range of qualifications that you might want to consider.

Nursing and healthcare qualifications

If you would like to take a more in-depth look at healthcare functions, then you can find out more at The Open University’s Nursing and Healthcare Practice website.

The PEARL website

Part-time Education for Adults Returning to Learn (PEARL) is a useful website for adults looking for part-time study opportunities, including all types of provision from free, non-accredited courses through to higher-level learning.


Health Education England are working with various national, regional and local partners to invest in the healthcare support workforce and to spread good practice and innovation. Talent for Care focuses on ten strategic intentions under the three primary themes of Get In, Get On and Go Further. Follow this link to find out more: Talent for Care.

4 Feedback

Finally, please take our short end-of-course survey.

We’re really interested in hearing from you and completing this survey should take no more than 10 minutes.


This free course was written by Joanne Thomas (consultant for The Open University) and Emma Lipscombe (Learning and Workforce Development Officer for UNISON), with contributions from Ruth Beretta (Staff tutor for The Open University).

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