In this course we will explore health and social care, as a mean to help people live better for longer. We will explore possible problems occurring to different groups of vulnerable people: those suffering from alcohol and substance abuse or mental health problems, disabled persons, children and youth, victims of domestic abuse and elderly persons. Problems of these and other groups of people can be relieved by care and support services, that could be provided in community or in residential care settings. Important aspect of such services is their quality, secured by quality standards, that are reviewed here.
Indicative time of course completion: 90 min.
- Learn about specifics of different vulnerable groups in need of health and social care.
- Gain knowledge on array of available health and social care services.
- Understand some of the complexities of health and social care sector.
- Lectures 14
- Quizzes 2
- Duration 60 hours
- Skill level Beginner
- Language English
- Students 38
- Certificate Yes
- Assessments Yes
In this section a vocabulary of the most important terms will be presented and an introductory quiz allowing learner to identify current knowledge on social and health care will be provided. Indicative time of unit completion: 10 min.
Overview of the sector 2
This unit will provide a general overview of the health and social care sector and give some online examples and sources for further reading. Indicative time of completion of unit: 10 min.
Clients in the sector 6
Since quite a long time ago health sector and its’ professionals recognize that the economic, social, family and psychological conditions underpin many of the conditions that patients are presented with. So social care workers could be found in hospitals and public schools, child welfare agencies, family agencies, settlement houses and etc. since approximately 1920. Social care workers often are working in a complementary relationship with medical professionals, the former concentrating on physiological health, and the latter on social health. Health and social care can revamp the standards of living for those threatened or vulnerable to society, offering support for the elderly, support for people with mental health needs, support for those with learning and physical disabilities, support for those suffering from alcohol and substance abuse problems, victims of domestic abuse, children in need of foster care, adoption, child protection and others (The National Institute for Social Work, 2018). Let’s find out a bit more about specifics of each of these groups and services that might be delivered to them. Indicative time of completion of unit: 50 min.
Settings of service delivery 1
In this unit different settings of social and health care services are described and some guidelines on financing of these services given. Indicative time of completion of unit: 10 min.
Quality of service provision in health and social care sector 2
In this unit the need for standards of service quality is described and elements of health and social care standards are introduced. Indicative time of completion of unit: 10 min.
Conclusions section 3