For those working in, studying, or with an interest in, Health and Social Care
Like millions of others, Paul Conwell struggled at school. He thought he couldn’t achieve anything. And work proved to be just as much of a stumbling block as he was constantly passed over for management roles. Then he discovered the OU and everything changed.
“I found school very difficult, mainly because I have a shorter attention span than most people. So when I left school I tried college, doing a course in pre-nursing. But that wasn’t much better. The teachers just focused on the brighter pupils rather than people who didn’t understand the course or the text.”
So Paul left and joined a Youth Training Scheme (YTS) instead, working in a care home. “I decided I liked it and would stay and develop my skills and try to progress in my career.”
But as the years went by, Paul noticed time and time again he was being passed over for management roles. When he asked why he was told it was because he didn’t have a diploma or degree. Then eight years ago his wife gave birth to their first child, a daughter, followed two years later by twin boys. The children developed health problems so he left work to look after them. It was then he decided it was time to get some decent training and get the degree his employers wanted in order for him to progress
“I tried various universities but no one was interested. So then I spoke to someone at the OU and they said they’d try me on a starter course to see if I liked it, if it suited me. It did and I haven’t looked back.”
When Paul’s children recovered, he returned to his job with Care UK as a Support Learner for people with learning disabilities. He’s now been studying with the OU for six years and in May takes his degree. “And they’ve said at work they’ll consider me now for higher management when I get my degree.” Which is fitting as Paul’s degree is in Care Management. So his studies and working life complement each other.
“The OU has been really supportive and that’s made all the difference. There are loads of people I could talk to whenever anything came up that affected my studies. The tutors are really understanding and were happy to give extensions whenever I needed them. I have no hesitation recommending it to anyone else.”
He says it’s been a bit tricky studying with small children in the house and like many OU students has to wait for them to go to bed before he can study. He often begins at 6am and then after work manages a couple of hours a night reading his textbooks and writing assignments.
“It’s been a real eye opener for me after the tough time I had at school and college. When I first came to the OU I didn’t think I could do it but after the starter course, I realised I can. It’s just that my learning style is different from other people’s. But just because I’ve got a shorter attention span than most, I am still able to soak information up quite easily and for some reason seem to understand everything that’s written and said to me on my OU course. In fact, I find this easier at university level than I did on my pre-nursing course at a Further Education College.”
He thinks this is partly because teaching is more individually tailored with the OU. So from thinking he couldn’t possibly study at that level, he progressed quickly through his course and is now doing quite well. “It has to be said that I’m not a true academic but my scores have been fairly good.”
Feedback is also positive and constructive, never negative he adds. He finds this far more encouraging than any of his previous brushes with the education world.
Posted 23 May 2013
Paul Conwell was always led to believe he couldn’t achieve anything after receiving countless knock-backs at school, college and work. Then it all changed when he signed up with the OU. Like millions of others, Paul Conwell struggled at school. He thought he couldn’t achieve anything. And work proved to be just as much of a stumbling block as he was constantly ...
Posted 23 March 2013
The OU Library keeps you up-to-date in your subject by regularly subscribing to new resources. Here are the latest subscriptions available to registered OU students. Engineering, technology and design students: discover the latest research from the ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library which contains full text ASTM standards, technical papers, books, manuals, ...
NCDs such as diabetes, heart disease, strokes, cancers and chronic lung conditions kill 36 million people a year - that is more than half of all deaths worldwide.
And these conditions are rising rapidly in many low- and middle-income countries in South East Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and South America.
The OU and C3 are supporting the development of freely available open educational resources, to increase in the numbers of effective NCD-trained health professionals.
The project is being piloted in india. For more information see International Development Office news.
Posted 14 May 2013
The Open University's International Development Office and Science Faculty are working with the charity C3 Collaborating for Health to fight the global epidemic of NCDs – non-communicable diseases. NCDs such as diabetes, heart disease, strokes, cancers and chronic lung conditions kill 36 million people a year - that is more than half of all deaths worldwide. And these ...
Hi all :)
We have all worked really really hard this year and I think we should reward ourselves for this with an end of year Belfast night out?
What do you think?
Hi all :) We have all worked really really hard this year and I think we should reward ourselves for this with an end of year Belfast night out? What do you think? Stacey x
The new partners are joining FutureLearn, which was launched in December 2012 and includes several universities as well as the British Library and the British Council. Each is committed to providing engaging and entertaining courses through the online site.
FutureLearn was founded in December 2012 and now has 24 partners including those announced today.
FutureLearn CEO, Simon Nelson, said:
“We are delighted that more of the UK’s leading universities, along with one of its most popular cultural institutions, have agreed to work with FutureLearn and will join the growing ranks of institutions that will offer high quality, entertaining and enjoyable courses to people across the world. We are committed to removing the barriers to education by making learning more accessible, inspiring and useful to people, no matter what stage of life they are at. These partnerships will enable us to open up access to the best academics from world-class universities and cultural institutions and deliver new forms of social learning at large scale.”
Professor Frank Coton, Vice-Principal for Learning and Teaching at the University of Glasgow said:
“We are delighted to be joining the strong grouping of other leading UK universities that have already joined with FutureLearn. Our partnership with FutureLearn will allow us to reach out to a whole new group of learners and underlines the commitment of this University to widening access to education. The prospect of doing this through the innovative delivery platform that FutureLearn has developed is a very exciting one that we hope will inspire and engage those who choose to study with us.”
Professor Colin Grant, Associate Deputy Principal at the University of Strathclyde, said:
“As a leading international university with students from more than 120 countries, we have great pleasure in joining a programme which opens access to our learning to students around the world. Our Centre for Forensic Science is internationally renowned in its field and is an ideal starting point for our participation in FutureLearn.
“Teaching is one of the key pillars of Strathclyde’s strategy and FutureLearn also offers an ideal opportunity for us to explore innovation in learning. We look forward to a successful programme alongside our partners around the UK.”
Professor Morag Bell, Pro Vice Chancellor for Teaching at Loughborough University, said:
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with FutureLearn. Loughborough has a well-established reputation for providing its students with a first-class education. Through these online courses, we will be able to make these outstanding learning opportunities available to even greater numbers of students.”
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching at the University of Sheffield, Professor Paul White, said:
"The digital world is the future. Online education provides a means for the University of Sheffield to engage with learners from around the world and in circumstances we would otherwise never be able to reach out too. The courses are an important way for more people to access the high quality education that the University of Sheffield delivers."
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FutureLearn will make it possible to learn for life, offering unique access to some of the most inspiring learning opportunities from the world’s greatest learning centres.
FutureLearn.com will offer free, accessible courses to people wherever they are in the world. Courses will be created by the Universities of Bath, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Anglia, Exeter, Glasgow, Leicester, Loughborough, Kings College London, Lancaster, Leeds, Nottingham, The Open University, Queen’s Belfast, Reading, Sheffield, Southampton, St Andrews, Strathclyde and Warwick. In addition, the British Museum, British Library and British Council have all signed MoUs to share content and their expertise and collaborate in the development of courses through FutureLearn.com.
The first free, open, online platform for courses from multiple UK universities and other leading organisations has announced a further five partners today, including the British Museum, Loughborough University, University of Sheffield, University of Glasgow and University of Strathclyde. The new partners are joining FutureLearn, which was launched in December 2012 and ...
What's the prize?
The prize is 120 credits of fully funded undergraduate or postgraduate study with the OU in England (equivalent to one year’s full-time study) and will fund more than 120 credits of study if the winner is based in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales. The winner can study their chosen course part-time, flexibly over two years – studying with the OU means you won’t have to give up your current role or take significant time out of work.
Find out full details and how to enter. Closing date for entries is Friday 5th July 2013
Posted 1 May 2013
Working in partnership with the Royal College of Nursing, the OU is offering an opportunity for nurses and healthcare support staff to win sponsorship for OU study up to the value of £5,000. Funding will enable the competition winner to study part-time towards an OU qualification in nursing or healthcare or individual modules for continuing professional ...
Self-confessed fitness fanatic Danny Curtis has taken on a challenge of literally staggering proportions. Danny, who’s working towards an OU degree in Sport Fitness and Coaching, is planning to run more than 60 miles competing in four races to raise money for his local hospice – all within a single week. His challenge begins with the Tough Mudder, a ...
I have just spent 3 years doing my BSc (Hons) in Health and Social Care as I wanted a complete career change. Since last June I am a care worker at a care home for people with dementia. On the SSSC website the equivalent level was SVQ4 but when I enquired because my wage was much lower than anticipated, I was told that it was because I didn't have my SVQ3 which is at the lower level. My heart sinks at the thought of having to do at least one more year to gain a lower level qualification than I already have! I could not have done the SVQ3 alongside my modules for the BSc because I was working full time in another job which was not connected to health and social care. What other jobs are available to me with this degree - some of the managerial posts in health and social care require a nursing degree. Any ideas?
I have just spent 3 years doing my BSc (Hons) in Health and Social Care as I wanted a complete career change. Since last June I am a care worker at a care home for people with dementia. On the SSSC website the equivalent level was SVQ4 but when I enquired because my wage was much lower than anticipated, I was told that it was because I didn't have my ...
Edward Lawrenson reviews The Spirit of '45, the film which has triggered a debate nationally about the kind of society we have become and the kind of society we want to be.
Ken Loach has just directed a documentary called The Spirit of '45. It is a stirring portrait of the founding of the welfare state by the post-war Labour government. It's thanks to the film that I have a credible version of the life I'd be leading if I were the age I am now back in 1945.
Feeding my details into the film's accompanying website, I learned that I'd probably live in a house without a bath or a shower, a visit to the doctor would have cost me about seven per cent of my weekly wage, and that I only had 30 years to live.
It's not the cheeriest news, but it did bring home sharply the everyday hardships people had to endure before such things as the National Health Service. Funded by the British Film Institute initiative to support forms of digital storytelling, the online arm of The Spirit of '45 is a provocative exploration of many of the concerns of the film. You can watch interviews from the film as well as those that did not make the final cut, and there's quaint footage, as well as a thoughtful timeline of the past 60 years of British social history (see Timeline Health).
Still, it's the film where my and Loach's priorities lie (speaking at a screening I attended a few weeks back, Loach professed to be unfamiliar with the internet). What Loach does best is make films, and The Spirit of '45 reveals the director in commanding form, telling of the massive programme of nationalisation by the incoming Labour government of 1945. It's an expert assemblage of archive material revealing just how bad life was for ordinary people immediately after the war, incorporating interviews with men and women who were involved in the first nationalised industries.
'After the war', writes Ken Loach, 'people had a sense that they had won the war together as a collective, and that brought a sense of unity in the country. They remembered the '30s, which was a time of great poverty and depression – between two and three million people unemployed, rather like now – and people didn't want to go back to those days. They wanted to use the same methods they had used to win the war to win the peace. So that was the spirit, really, that they would build a better world and do it together.'
The emotional impact of this is extraordinary. Among many testimonies is the childhood memory of a man called Ray, now in his eighties, of his mother dying from a preventable ailment the family doctor lacked the resources to cure. What emerges is a heartfelt tribute to a generation of activists who ensured an end to needless deaths, such as that of Ray's mum.
Of course, there's a loud and resolute political edge to all of this. If the first half of the film, which charts the heroic work of building the welfare state, inspires admiration, then the second part of it, devoted to the steady dismantling of nationalised industries, provokes anger. When archive footage of Margaret Thatcher flashed up on-screen, I could feel the audience greet the image with a collective and involuntary hiss.
It is unashamedly partisan stuff, and the film does glide over uncomfortable realities to advance its argument. A rosy glow, for instance, settles over the references to post-war town planning that ignores the ugly effects of so much centralised architecture.
Speaking on why he made the film, Loach concluded: 'The narrative is particularly apposite because we have two and a half million people unemployed, a million of them are young people. We are told there is no alternative, but if this is the only society we can imagine building it is a poor effort.' (see the interview).
The blurb of film states it is 'an impassioned documentary about how the spirit of unity which buoyed Britain during the war years carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society'.
If it is at a cinema near you, do go and see it. For local listings see here.
Edward Lawrenson 12 April 2013
Edward Lawrenson's review originally appeared in The Big Issue, No 1043, March 18-24, 2013. It is reprinted here with thanks.
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Watch the Spirit of '45 trailer.
The views expressed in this post, as in all posts on Society Matters, are the views of the author, not The Open University.
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Edward Lawrenson reviews The Spirit of '45, the film which has triggered a debate nationally about the kind of society we have become and the kind of society we want to be. Ken Loach has just directed a documentary called The Spirit of '45. It is a stirring portrait of the founding of the welfare state by the post-war Labour government. It's thanks to the film that I have a credible ...
Two OU students were successful in the inaugural Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) essay competition this year. Helen O’Shea, was the winner of the Undergraduate category whilst Kira Kazakova, also an undergraduate, received a commendation for her essay.
The winning entries were published in the Irish Psychologist magazine and the successful entrants will receive a significant contribution towards attending the Annual Congress of Psychology Students which is being held in Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) in April 2013.
“One of my biggest concerns about studying with the OU was that the study was independent rather than normal lectures. This made me wonder how I was going to cope with self-regulated study and would I have the discipline required to achieve a BSc in Psychology. My concerns were quickly allayed when I came to realise the level of support and resources that were available, and in particular the standard and timeliness of communication between the tutors and the students.”
Helen, a wife and mother who says “there was a lot of juggling and late nights” in order to complete her studies, is now a research assistant on the Waterford Mental Health Survey, which is a joint project between the Health Service Executive (South) and University College Dublin.
Kira started her studies when she was working as a Legal Executive, and the OU was the best option for her to combine work and study. One of her major concerns was undertaking a course in English which, at the time she began her studies, was her third language. In addition, when Kira went back to study, she was, and still is, a single mother. “Raising a young child by myself, as well as trying to educate myself, was very tough at times...for three years between 2006-9 I was also working full time as well as studying.”
“I am very pleased to be a runner-up in the Essay Competition and I am very proud to represent the OU in this endeavour.”
Dr Aileen O’Reilly, PSI Graduate Officer and Council Member said “It was wonderful to receive entries from Open University students, and I would encourage more students to enter the competition next year.”
Karen Hagan, Senior Lecturer in Psychology in Ireland says “The Open University is delighted that two students have received awards in the first PSI student essay competition. This shows the high calibre of our students and, indeed, their motivation to succeed.”
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Posted 8 April 2013
Two OU students were successful in the inaugural Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) essay competition this year. Helen O’Shea, was the winner of the Undergraduate category whilst Kira Kazakova, also an undergraduate, received a commendation for her essay. The winning entries were published in the Irish Psychologist magazine and the successful entrants will receive a significant ...
Around the world there are a number of professions in high demand. The BBC Business website has compiled a list of the top 20 most wanted professions internationally, and the countries that want them.
The list includes psychologists, physiotherapists and chefs, and there are case studies.
Is your profession there? Check it out on Global migrants: Which is the most wanted profession?
Around the world there are a number of professions in high demand. The BBC Business website has compiled a list of the top 20 most wanted professions internationally, and the countries that want them. The list includes psychologists, physiotherapists and chefs, and there are case studies. Is your profession there? Check it out on Global migrants: Which is the most wanted profession? ...
The research is investigating whether the brains of people with OCD function differently to those without OCD.
Preliminary findings suggest some systematic and interesting differences between brain activity in people with OCD, and non-OCD controls, even in a relaxed state. However, to obtain a more detailed picture researchers need to find more participants with OCD.
They are looking for people between 18 and 60 years of age, who have been diagnosed with OCD and have no learning disabilities.
If you decide to participate, they will need four hours of your time. The timing of these sessions can be flexible and scheduled according to your convenience.
During this time, your brain activity will be recorded using a safe, non-invasive and painless technique known as Quantitative Electroencephalography, or QEEG. You will also be interviewed and asked to fill in a questionnaire.
The study generally takes place at the OU in Milton Keynes or in Camden in London. Travel costs will be reimbursed. In some cases researchers will be able to come to your town or a town near you to perform the scans and interviews.
By participating in this study, you will be contributing to scientific advancements in OCD research. Additionally, you will gain interesting insights about how your brain may have been affected by OCD.
You can get more information from the QEEG and Brain Research Lab project page. If you wish to take part, or have any enquiries, please contact Loes Koorenhof by calling 01908 659 472, or email email@example.com
The Open University is recruiting people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) to take part in an ongoing research project. The research is investigating whether the brains of people with OCD function differently to those without OCD. Preliminary findings suggest some systematic and interesting differences between brain activity in people with OCD, and ...
He calls for urgent changes to Britain's 'flawed' drinks advertising regulations in an editorial in the British Medical Journal, which is published to coincide with a major report calling for all alcohol advertising to be banned.
The editorial cites research by the Rand Corporation for the European Commission which shows that 10-15 year olds in the UK see 10% more alcohol advertising on TV than their parents do. When it comes to alcopops, they see 50% more.
And the situation is set to worsen as advertisers increasingly spread their messages via digital media, say Gerard Hastings and co-author Nich Sheron, clinical hepatologist at the University of Southampton.
Their comments coincide with the publication of Health First: an evidence-based alcohol strategy for the UK, a report which calls for a ban on all alcohol advertising, and minimum alcohol pricing. Gerard Hastings is a member of the strategy group which compiled the report.
To see Gerard Hastings discussing the proposed strategy with Professor Linda Bauld, University of Stirling, go to this link.
Professor Gerard Hastings is a member of The Open University's Centre for Strategy and Marketing. He is founder/director of the Institute for Social Marketing and Centre for Tobacco Control Research based at Stirling University and The Open University. He is currently leading APISE, a major study of the effectiveness of alcohol control policies.
The British Medical Journal editorial Alcohol Marketing: Grooming the Next Generation was published on 1 March. Current OU students can access it via the OU Library using their Open University Computer Username (OUCU) and password. Its reference is BMJ 2013;346:f1227. For help in accessing electronic journals through the OU Library database go to How can I get access to a particular journal on the Library website.
Posted 26 March 2013
Children in Britain are more exposed to alcohol marketing than adults are, according to the OU's Professor of Social Marketing Gerard Hastings. He calls for urgent changes to Britain's 'flawed' drinks advertising regulations in an editorial in the British Medical Journal, which is published to coincide with a major report calling for all alcohol advertising to be banned. The ...
BBC's Mastermind is looking for contestants now.
For more information, or to book a place on one of the nationwide auditions, visit the Mastermind website and click on Audition Information; or call 0161 836 0315; or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted 25 March 2013
Do you fancy yourself as a bit of a quizzer? BBC's Mastermind is looking for contestants now. For more information, or to book a place on one of the nationwide auditions, visit the Mastermind website and click on Audition Information; or call 0161 836 0315; or email email@example.com Posted 25 March 2013 1.57143 Average: 1.6 (7 votes)
Following the Francis Report on the crisis at Mid-Staffs Hospital, world experts in the cultures and processes of keeping people safe have been asked to advise the NHS in England on how to prevent patients being harmed while receiving healthcare.
National Advisory Group
The National Advisory Group on the Safety of Patients in England will be chaired by Professor Donald Berwick, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, an organisation that Professor Berwick co-founded and led as President and CEO for 18 years.
Members of the international group have been invited for their areas of expertise and interest covering all aspects of the culture and processes of minimising patient harm, healthcare management and nursing to sociology, psychology and the mobilisation of change.
Professor Hartley’s contribution will be on public leadership and on creating and learning from organizational change and innovation following her extensive research in these fields. She has also written six books including Leadership for Healthcare.
Speaking about her appointment to the Berwick Advisory Group Professor Hartley said: “I feel very privileged to be working with this panel of world-class experts in improvement of public services. This is a real opportunity to improve patient safety. We have seen several reports about what went wrong at Mid-Staffs NHS but the Berwick Advisory group goes well beyond this. Our collective aim is to advise on how problems can be prevented in the future, to enhance quality of care for patients and families, and to create a culture for staff that is focused on learning and continuous improvement.”
Professor Berwick, who will be leading the Group, was asked by the Prime Minster David Cameron to set up the advisory group following last month’s final report into the devastating breakdown of care at Mid-Staffordshire Hospitals. The team of 12 includes recognised experts from the US and the UK.
Prior to his service in 2010 and 2011 as President Obama’s appointee to head the US Medicare and Medicaid programs, Professor Berwick was a paediatric consultant, Professor of Health Care Policy and the Harvard Medical School, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is world-renowned for his expertise in patient safety, and advised NHS Scotland in the development of its first national patient safety approach.
Professor Berwick said: “Assuring patient safety and high quality care is never automatic. It requires the constant attention of leaders and continual support to the workforce. I have read, and been deeply affected by, the harrowing personal stories of individuals and families who were so badly injured when this commitment flagged at Mid-Staffordshire Hospitals.
“Our group will do whatever it can to recommend how the NHS in England take serious and profound action, learning from this tragedy to make patient care and treatment as safe as it can possibly be, and ever safer. Indeed, there is no reason why English health care cannot aspire to be and become the safest health care in the world.
“Making patient care as safe as it can possibly be, at all times, is a major challenge in any health care system. It involves leadership, training, staff culture, organisational structures, systems and processes, data capture and analysis, regulation, deep patient and family involvement, and much more.
“It is important to remember that England is in many ways an international exemplar in patient safety, but Mid-Staffordshire shows us that there is still a great deal of work to do. The national group includes English experts as well as some from the US, and with such formidable knowledge and talent on board, I am confident we will be able to set out clear, practical advice and leave a legacy of safer care in the NHS.”
The group will build on the work of Robert Francis QC, advising the NHS on how to deliver real change, based on the best available scientific evidence from across the NHS and from other industries and health services from around the world.
They will report their findings and advice to the NHS Commissioning Board and the Department of Health at the end of July.
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Professor Jean Hartley, Professor of Public Leadership at The Open University Business School is one of the world-class panel of experts invited to join the Berwick Advisory Group which will advise the Prime Minister and the NHS on how to keep patients safe from harm. Following the Francis Report on the crisis at Mid-Staffs Hospital, world experts in the cultures and processes ...
Professor Sheila Peace, an expert in environmental gerontology at the OU, has been examining these issues and recently published research which calls for more inclusive kitchen designs in order to allow older people to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.
Commenting on the need for this research, Sheila (pictured) said: “previous evidence of older people’s experiences of the kitchen have been limited and a better understanding of their views remains critical to ensure that future developments are useful and acceptable to kitchen users in the future.”
Titled ‘Transitions in Kitchen Living’, this multi-disciplinary 'research project part of the Research Councils New Dynamics of Ageing Programme', involved talking to people across a 40 year age span from those in their 60s to those in their 90s. The participants provided their experiences of the kitchen in places they have lived and how that has changed over time. In addition, the study looked at how these age groups currently use their kitchens.
Assessing movement and behaviour
As part of the research, Sheila and The OU team conducted an assessment of movement and behaviour within the modern kitchen and how the spaces are used in collaboration with Loughborough University's Design School.
Participants revealed problems with reaching, bending, hearing, seeing and dexterity in the kitchen. Some of the most common problems reported were difficulties seeing cooker controls and reading packaged food instructions. Also measurement of lighting levels found that food preparation areas were the most poorly lit falling well below recommended minimum levels.
“There are lots of issues which need more attention and which ultimately can meet the needs of everyone and not just older people” Sheila enthuses. “For example not having to open windows across a sink; having more appropriate colour of surface and lighting and work surfaces which are height adjustable are just some of the things that could make kitchen life easier. Unfortunately, people generally don’t know about gadgets that can help them with their situation.”
The research team has now developed a shorter guide based on the research which Sheila is currently sharing with a whole range of people including kitchen designers, planners, manufacturers and installers to provide age friendly kitchens in the future. The research is already influencing certain projects such as kitchen designs in a supported housing project.
Outlining her hopes for the impact of the research Sheila said: “the meaning of home and staying at home is very important for people and therefore we are hoping that these recommendations will go some way to getting the retail and design sector to sit up and take these on board. An easier solution for people in their 80s is actually and easier solution for everybody.”
For more information about Sheila Peace's research, see here.
Posted 15 March 2013
With more than 10 million people over the age of 65 in the UK, and with the proportion of people aged 85-plus on the increase, how do we ensure that our homes meet the needs of an ageing population? Professor Sheila Peace, an expert in environmental gerontology at the OU, has been examining these issues and recently published research which calls for more inclusive kitchen ...
Began on the module above, unfortunately lost my study materials at Reading College, after a tutorial. In fact i missed the TMA1 deadline, my consultation with the tutor was that i should try hard to attempt. Its so daunting iam re-reading and organizing a new assay plan. So disturbing and quite stressful.
Hi All, Began on the module above, unfortunately lost my study materials at Reading College, after a tutorial. In fact i missed the TMA1 deadline, my consultation with the tutor was that i should try hard to attempt. Its so daunting iam re-reading and organizing a new assay plan. So disturbing and quite stressful. Charles
An Open University/BBC co-produced documentary series which looked at the challenging role of social workers has won three accolades in the Royal Television Society Awards, West of England.
The awards are for Best Documentary, Best Director and Editing.
The three-part documentary series Protecting Our Children, featured on BBC2 last year, was produced with the expert insight of three Open University academics.
Dr Barry Cooper and Dr Lucy Rai, both Senior Lecturers in Social Work in the Faculty of Health and Social Care, were consultants on the series and worked with the production team for over a year giving advice on social work practice and policy development.
In addition, Debbie Stringer, Senior Lecturer in Law provided support as part of the module team.
The series followed the work of Bristol’s child protection teams over the course of a year and observed their jobs first-hand, exploring how the crises of the last decade had impacted on their ability to safeguard children.
Commenting on the awards, Dr Rai said: “Working on Protecting Our Children was a fantastic opportunity to work closely with the BBC and social workers in Bristol to present the public with a rare insight into the everyday work of child protection social workers.
"The series created a challenging, emotive but very honest reflection on the profession and will be of great benefit to students learning about this area of work.”
Protecting Our Children also won the Grierson Award for Best Documentary in 2012.
An Open University/BBC co-produced documentary series which looked at the challenging role of social workers has won three accolades in the Royal Television Society Awards, West of England. The awards are for Best Documentary, Best Director and Editing. The three-part documentary series Protecting Our Children, featured on BBC2 last year, was produced with the expert insight of three Open ...
This is one of three programmes – foundation, mid-level and senior level leadership – being developed by the NHS Leadership Academy to help leaders in the NHS support their staff in delivering caring and compassionate services.
The three programmes will see thousands NHS staff each year – including doctors, nurses, Allied Health Professionals, healthcare scientists, human resources and finance staff– learn how to lead their teams and/or services to achieve better patient care.
The Open University will be working with global management consulting firm Hay Group on the foundation level programme, which is for all NHS staff aspiring to a role which involves leading others.
Karen Lynas, Deputy Managing Director of the NHS Leadership Academy, said: “Our goal is for patients, carers and families to be treated with compassion, dignity and respect, and this cannot be achieved if we don’t have appropriately-skilled leaders and decision makers at every level."
25 February 2013
The Open University has been chosen to design and deliver the new foundation level leadership programme for up to 25,000 NHS staff. This is one of three programmes – foundation, mid-level and senior level leadership – being developed by the NHS Leadership Academy to help leaders in the NHS support their staff in delivering caring and compassionate services. The ...
The Psychological Impact of Cancer, for patients, carers and professionals
(in partnership with Willen Hospice)
Date: Wednesday 15 May 2013
Venue:The Hub Theatre & Hub Suite, Open University, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA
This thought-provoking conference will explore the full impact of cancer encompassing body, mind and spirit, enhancing resilience and coping as well as emphasising the importance of teamwork. From diagnosis and treatment to living with a terminal illness, it will examine the psychological impact on the staff responsible for providing sensitive and compassionate end of life care in these challenging circumstances.
Suitable for Health and Social Care and Allied Health Care professionals, we welcome delegates from a range of backgrounds, particularly those involved in caring for cancer patients or working in palliative care environments.
Find out more and register. Cost: £150
The 11th International Death, dying and disposal conference: Where theory meets practice (in partnership with the Association for the Study of Death and Society)
Date: Thursday 5 September – Sunday 8 September 2013
Venue:The Open University, Milton Keynes, MK76AA
The underpinning rationale of the conference theme is to encourage a more overt engagement between theory and practice which moves beyond the notion that theoretical ideas are relevant to practice to highlight the iterative nature of death and dying studies. Indeed it is only through practice in all its forms, that theories can be developed, challenged and their usefulness evaluated.
Suitable for practitioners, academics, professionals, students etc working or studying in any discipline associated with death, dying and disposal, end of life care, palliative care etc.
Price: There are a range of conference packages available from 1 day to 4 day passes, starting from £150.
An exciting health and social care conference programme is taking place at the OU, Milton Keynes in 2013. Registrations are now open for the following events: The Psychological Impact of Cancer, for patients, carers and professionals (in partnership with Willen Hospice) Date: Wednesday 15 May 2013 Venue:The Hub Theatre & Hub Suite, Open University, Milton Keynes MK7 ...