Social care services are changing rapidly - increasingly services are delivered by multi-professional teams and staff involved in supporting vulnerable adults and children need a greater range of knowledge and skills. Organisational changes are also increasing the demands on support staff.
“With services becoming more complex, community focused and service-user led, staff need to be able to work with multiple service systems and complex family systems. The flexibility of the OU DipHE in Social Care (Scotland) means that it is suitable for staff from all areas of social services and encourages the development of critical analytical skills essential for comprehensive assessment work ”
Marianne Hughes, Practice learning & Development Manager, Scottish Borders Councils
In response to changes in the sector, we have launched a new Diploma of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland). The diploma has a strong emphasis on working across professional boundaries – with clients, service users and patients placed firmly at the centre.
53% of OU students in health and social care are sponsored by their employers.
OU students have the initiative, drive and self-discipline to succeed – the qualities employers are looking for in their staff.