At the Open University, we are delighted to announce that, subject to NMC approval, our new pre-registration nursing programme, based on the NMC’s 2018 Future Nurse Standards, will include the learning disabilities field of practice. We have offered adult nursing and mental health nursing since 2002 and have students studying in all four nations of the UK. Our students are healthcare support workers who are supported by their employers and the student retention rate on our programme is consistently over 93%.
During preparation of our new programme we are working collaboratively with service users, families, practitioners and students/alumni. We are really pleased to be working with and for people who have learning disabilities, their families and many of the health and social care professionals who work to support them. We look forward to developing and delivering an innovative distance education pre-registration learning disabilities nursing programme that we hope will go some way to address the current crisis in learning disability nurse training and education.
Please share this information widely. For further information, feel free to email Sheila Counihan, firstname.lastname@example.org, who is leading on the development of the programme.
Academics with Open University and Salford University debate the issues of professionalism and social media for social workers and students in practice placements.
Access to the Internet and social media through a range of mobile communication devices has fundamentally changed the way in which all of us communicate and behave. The profession of Social Work has also been affected by this change in a range of areas that include serious case reviews; court judgements and professionalism.
This webinar will allow students to consider how the profession of Social Work is responding to challenges and opportunities that have arisen due to social media. Specifically, the webinar will begin by focusing on important questions that social work students need to reflect on about their own use of social media, as well as how social media impacts upon professionalism. Students will also hear the latest research in relation to how Social Workers practitioners are using social media in their practice.
Those contributing to the webinar include:
Dr Gemma Sinead Ryan, The Open University
Gemma has a diverse background as a qualified teacher with QTLS/QTS, and is also a registered adult nurse and nurse teacher. Her experience includes secondary, further and higher education (maths, biology, health & social care, research and evidence-based practice), research management, private and NHS healthcare (community and acute setting). She retains a clinical nursing role as a bank nurse for BUPA care.
Gemma currently works on a range of research projects with a particular interest in professionalism, accountability (including the legal aspects of this), online social networks and social media in healthcare and healthcare education. Gemma’s ongoing research involves raising awareness of, assessment and decision making for [un]professional behaviours of professionals on social media, ‘e-professionalism’ policy, guidance and interventions, realist review into OSN and SM interventions for reducing obesity. Other interests include realist ethnography and realist methodologies.
Dr Joanne Westwood is currently Assistant Director and (interim) Head of Social Work in the School of Health and Society at the University of Salford. Working in collaboration with several academics from across the UK Joanne has led research and evaluation projects which promote and apply technological developments for teaching/learning and for professional social work practice. In 2014 Joanne edited a collection of work entitled Social Media in Social Work Education, and has written several book chapters, and delivered guest lectures on this topic.
Joanne is particularly interested in how students and practitioners use social media, how they manage the tensions between the personal and the professional and how organisations develop social media policies.
Jenny Simpson, Head of Social Work (England), The Open University
Jenny Simpson took up post as Head of Social Work (England) in September 2017. Previously she worked as a regional academic manager working for The Open University, on its undergraduate social work programme in the south of England. As a social work practitioner, she specialised in children and family social work, in particular foster care. She has also worked extensively with educational establishments in the area of child protection and building resilience in Looked After Children.
Jenny is currently undertaking a PhD with Edinburgh University where the focus of her research is Looked After Children and issues related to contact. Her study of this area provides an opportunity, unlike existing research, to capture how contact between LAC and their birth families has changed as a result of 3G telecommunications and social media, and whether or not there is a tangible impact in terms of key areas of local authority care e.g. placement stability; reunification and safeguarding.
Paul O Onyango, University of Bedfordshire, PhD student
Paul is currently undertaking his PhD at the University of Bedfordshire. Before embarking in his PhD Paul spent a period of 18 years in practice UK and international social work practice where the emphasis was targeted at bringing a sense of understanding and devising a person-centred way of working with children, young people and their families who have been through various family related traumatic/stressful experience.
Paul’s research interest touches on social work, technology and human services, social services provision to victims of domestic violence, social services role in supporting UASC in England, social work response to cases of Child Sexual Exploitation in England and social services support of young Black male in the Criminal Justice system in England.
Our current nursing degrees meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) 2010 Standards for Pre-registration Nursing Education. In 2016 the NMC started the process of developing new standards, which will be published in April/May 2018. We will deliver new degrees based on these standards from September 2019. For the first time we will offer learning disability nursing, as well as adult nursing and mental health.
From September 2017-January 2018, we ran seven curriculum partnership events and we were delighted that 195 people took part. We held these events in Nottingham, Belfast, Leeds, Newcastle, Exeter, Tunbridge Wells and Winchester. We also held an afternoon session at the Annual Nursing Partnership Meeting in Scotland, conducted skype meetings with practice tutors and module tutors from across the UK, and held individual phone calls with service users/carers and alumni in Scotland. A good mix of stakeholders attended our events, including employer representatives, mentors, OU practice tutors and module tutors, service users/carers, students and alumni. Nation/locality and central academics attended each event.
Altogether, we have captured rich information that we are now using as we start planning the new programme. This report Stakeholder consultation report_final March 2018 provides a summary of all the discussions at our events, combined with information from the additional consultation activities.
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For over 30 years, we have been delivering supported and open distance learning in the field of health and social care, and developing highly-respected materials for multi-disciplinary and multi-professional use. Today, we are one of the largest and most innovative providers of educational opportunities and learning solutions in this sector.
We offer a wide range of practice-related courses and awards, from single modules for professional development to qualifying and post-qualifying routes, and from vocational training to undergraduate and research degrees.
The School is characterised by a vigorous intellectual life fostered through shared research interests, collaborative teaching, flexible study arrangements and a strong external focus. We currently have 100 members of academic staff, 28 academic related staff and 14 postgraduate students. Our work is organised into three areas – Health and social care, Social Work, and Nursing:
We work in partnership with employers to provide learning programmes that meet their changing needs. Over 50% of our students are sponsored by employers – mainly in the NHS, Social Services and the voluntary sector.
As the UK’s largest provider of part-time social work training, we support a large student population of about 12,000 who study a diverse range of open modules and awards in the field of wellbeing, health and social care that are relevant to practice and work.
We also offer a unique work-based pre-registration nursing programme which delivers a flexible qualifying route for staff working in healthcare practice in a caring role across the UK, together with a range of modules and awards for professional development.
Our teaching materials are underpinned by the excellence of our research as well as by high quality scholarship in the area of teaching and learning – focusing on the delivery of an excellent student experience. We are deeply committed to the principles and practice of equality and diversity and to the pursuit of social justice.
We have a strong track record in applied health and social care research. We are in receipt of funding from Research Councils (ESRC and AHRC), the National Institute for Health Research, and a wide range of trusts, charities and commercial organisations.