Free Short Courses for Health Care Practitioners

You may have visited our platform to find a contractor umbrella company, but we know that many people using our services are keen to tap into courses that help them develop their skills and expertise.

That’s why we have checked out the latest Open University free courses to give you a selection of what’s on offer. If you are in between contracts and would like to improve your knowledge in other disciplines, an Open University free online course may be just what you’re looking for. Ranging from Beginner Level 1 to Advanced Level 3, these courses can be started at any time and take between 4 and 24 study hours to complete. At the end you are awarded a Statement of Participation and some offer an additional Badge. A Badge demonstrates interest in a subject, evidence of professional development or a commitment to studies. They are awarded for completing all sections of a course and passing the assessments. You can download your Badge and Statement of Participation and add it to your LinkedIn profile and as a short course to your CV.

 

Here are just a few of the courses on offer.

 

COURSE 1: Forensic Psychology

Open University Level 1: Introductory, 24 hours study

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • understand the psychology of eyewitness testimony
  • develop skills in investigation
  • explore human cognition and discover the mistakes brains can make
  • discuss concepts of criminal investigation
  • consider the relationship between limitations of the human brain and miscarriages of justice.
  • Explore how your own mind works, and discover how the limitations of the human brain can lead to major miscarriages of justice.

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/health-sports-psychology/forensic-psychology/content-section-overview-0?active-tab=description-tab

 

COURSE 2: Introducing Healthcare Improvement

Open University Level 3: Advanced, 3 hours study

This short course explores quality improvement in healthcare settings.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • define what is meant by quality improvement in healthcare
  • describe the different dimensions of quality improvement in healthcare.

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/health-sports-psychology/health/introducing-healthcare-improvement/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab

 

COURSE 3: The Science of Nutrition and Healthy Eating

Open University Level 1: Introductory, 24 hours study

You’ll look at the science behind nutrition, covering aspects of biology, chemistry and physics as well as gaining insight into healthier eating.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate and understand how food is processed and then used in the body
  • apply knowledge to understand healthy eating advice and identify how it varies in different countries
  • make sense of food labels and perform basic calculations of energy in food
  • describe and know about food allergies and intolerances
  • describe and understand possible reasons for the current obesity epidemic.

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/health-sports-psychology/health/the-science-nutrition-and-healthy-eating/content-section-overview?active-tab=description-tab

 

COURSE 4: Public Health and Mental Health Promotion

Open University Level 2: Intermediate, 6 hours study

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of developments, strategies and the role of nurses in the delivery of public health policies
  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of a range of mental health models and approaches to inform practice
  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of partnership working with service users, carers and their families across a range of care models and philosophies used within mental health.

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/health-sports-psychology/public-health/public-health-and-mental-health-promotion/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab

 

COURSE 5: Exploring the Psychological Aspects of Sport Injury

Open University Level 2: Intermediate, 24 hours study

Sport injury is relatively common among sport and exercise participants, and while the physical impact of injury is often easy to recognise, the psychological impact is not understood.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • identify the psychological factors that may lead to a sport injury
  • recognise the role sport and exercise psychology intervention can play in the prevention of injury
  • evaluate psychological responses to sport injury
  • identify psychological interventions that can aid rehabilitation from injury.

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/health-sports-psychology/exploring-the-psychological-aspects-sport-injury/content-section-overview?active-tab=description-tab

 

COURSE 6: Designing Space for Dementia Care

Open University Level 1: Introduction, 8 hours study

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • understand the ways in which society can disable people
  • discuss how the design of space can be an important aspect of caring for someone with dementia
  • identify the key features of design that mitigate the symptoms of dementia.

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/health-sports-psychology/social-care/designing-space-dementia-care/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab

 

COURSE 7: Integrated Safety, Health and Environmental Management: An Introduction

Open University Level 3: Advanced, 15 hours study

Risk management involves many stakeholders and integrated management systems help to ensure that safety, quality, environmental and business risks are all managed correctly. The course also looks at emergency preparedness, that is, the management of emergencies and disasters.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • define risk in the most appropriate way, and appreciate the need to prioritise risks
  • appreciate the costs of illness associated with workplace activities
  • describe in outline the development of models used to explain the cause of incidents and to promote prevention
  • recognise the multiple causes contributing to many incidents, and be able to represent them diagrammatically
  • illustrate the components of an integrated management system.

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/computing-and-ict/systems-computer/integrated-safety-health-and-environmental-management-introduction/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab

 

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