What you will study
This 40-hour multimedia online course is focused on:
- the way in which health and wellbeing can be understood as arising out of individual biological and psychological factors. A model for understanding personal change and an approach to supporting people to make lifestyle changes will be discussed.
- how family background shapes health behaviour and the kinds of interventions that attempt to address family issues.
- the way in which an individual’s locality shapes their health and wellbeing. Community-based interventions and local action are explored.
- how health is related to the nature of society. Legislation and regulation will be discussed in relation to food law and packaging. The role of the government and business in health will be discussed.
This course will appeal to any practitioner in health and social care interested in the basics of health and wellbeing. It would also be of interest to carers, service users and those who are interested in getting into the field of health and social care.
You will learn through readings, interactive activities and audio, video and animated material. Although this course does not carry university credit, regular computer marked tests and self reviews can be used to test your understanding.
A Learning Advisor will also be available to you via a forum on the website, to answer questions and provide advice on the course learning resources and help you apply your learning to your workplace. This course will require around 40 hours of your time in total.
The course features the distinctive strengths of The Open University from its years of expertise in supporting learning. You'll benefit from:
- the convenience of accessing its clearly presented and sequenced materials and activities whenever suits you and wherever you have access to the protected course website – if you prefer, you can print key materials to work on them offline. Note taking templates are available and saved for you in the virtual learning environment.
- receiving a Statement of Participation which you can use to demonstrate your continuing professional development (CPD) activity to your employer and/or professional body. (N.B. The course does not carry academic credits.)
Some of the pages within the course contain links to external sites. Accessing these sites is part of the allocated study time for the course. You may also wish to undertake additional background study or reading if some of the concepts introduced are completely unfamiliar to you.
The course focuses on person-centred practice and is highly relevant to staff working at all levels in health and social care (registered staff and non-registered support staff), those directly involved in frontline care and those who need to understand the importance of supporting and empowering service users to make changes to their lifestyle and promote healthier living. Participants will establish a strong link between what they learn and their work practice.
The way the course is delivered means it is accessible to people working in acute, community and domiciliary settings; staff have access to learning at any time that suits them (24/7) and can refer back to case studies, guidance and learning points at any time – even after they have completed study. This ensures that outcomes from study can be applied in practice long after the course has been completed. We are proud of the way the course creates relevant, enduring and transferable outcomes for health and social care service.
Completion of the course enables us to recognise your work through an OU statement of participation that you can use to document your commitment to continuing professional development in your personal portfolio, or to provide evidence to employers or professional body.