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CPD for your staff

A health and social care work team in discussion

Our short courses offer a new range of options for continuing professional development focusing on priority issues within the sector.

More than half of the faculty’s 18,000 students a year are sponsored directly by employers through partnership and commissioning arrangements.

Why our short courses are so attractive to employers

  • Rolling registration – our courses are available when you need them to start.
  • Fully online – staff can study without taking time out of the workplace.
  • Courses are closely connected to the strategic agenda in health and social care.
  • Highly cost effective – fees are affordable and employees don’t need to take time out of the workplace to study.
  • Strong focus on improving practice through practitioner and service user case material.
  • Corporate registration available.
  • Emphasis on workplace impact through self review and action planning templates.

A more engaging and versatile way to learn

  • Short, focused, highly interactive course materials complete with high quality audio-visual material maintain employee motivation and emphasise value of learning.
  • Materials are both accessible to entry-level staff and stimulating for highly experienced registered practitioners.
  • Proven approach to improving practice through active learning based on 30 years' experience of transforming care in health and social care.
  • In-house workshops and online forums available for your organisation upon request.
  • Cascade workshops to employers to orient managers to course materials.

Working with the health and social care sector

The School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care works in partnership with health and social care organisations to develop learning material relevant to the sector as a whole. We have worked with the trade union Unison, Wirral County Council, membership organisations and professional bodies such as the Fostering Network and The Royal College of Nursing to develop courses relevant to the sector.

In the video below, Jo Williams from Wirral County Council explains why she worked with The Open University to develop a course on personalisation that was relevant across the health and social care sector.

Want to find out more?

To discuss study options for your team and your options as an employer sponsor, contact us by email on
WELS-Bus-Dev-Enquiries@open.ac.uk