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Health and Social Care Short Courses

RGU recognise that the health and social care sector has been particularly impacted by the pandemic and will continue to be in the future. This will necessitate a change in approach and knowledge, in addition to a growth and upskilling of the larger workforce.

In response to this need, RGU and Skills Development Scotland (SDS) are proud to offer the Careers and Workforce Development in Health and Social Care in the North East of Scotland project. This project is funded by the North East Economic Recovery and Skills Fund (NEERSF). This project offers the opportunity to study five fully funded, credit bearing short courses enhancing practice in health and social care. If you currently work in the Health and Social Care sector in the North East region with a desire to upskill or are looking to enter the sector with the right skill set and knowledge, this programme will fully support you to do so.

This is a unique learning opportunity, designed with key stakeholder organisations who have co-produced the design of course content including, Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership, Bon Accord Care, VSA and Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership. Working in partnership ensures the learning meets the needs of the health and social care workforce and people who use services.  It is essential that the workforce is resilient, flexible, and capable to handle the current and future needs of the sector, ensuring key skills are provided to deliver safe, person-centred care.

This project aims to enable the workforce through education, extending knowledge and developing practical skills, which can support health and social care practitioners in their daily practice, while improving the experience of people who use services.

At RGU we are mindful of the challenges of returning to study and how this could impact your daily commitments, that’s why we make sure that engaging with the short courses is easy and flexible. From a simple 5-minute application through to content which can be studied in your own time, at any time, and a robust support offer designed to meet your needs, we are there to support you throughout the whole process.

The five short courses on offer to practitioners working in health and social care are:

  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Digital Skills in Health and Social Care
  • Concepts of Health and Wellbeing
  • Health through the Lifespan
  • Quality Improvements in Practice

Course Content

Personal and Professional Development

20 July – 23 September 2022

This short course is designed to explore personal and professional development in practice and will enable practitioners to acquire foundational knowledge, skills and behaviours expected of professional practice in health and social care.

Application submission deadline – 10 July 2022

Digital Skills in Health and Social Care

10 August – 4 November 2022

Digital Skills in Health and Social Care is designed to develop an understanding of digital skills in health and social care practice. This short course will enable practitioners to understand and develop skills in digital communication and participation to provide person centred care and develop applied skills in the use of digital technology to share good practice. The short course will develop understanding of information governance and protecting personal data. It will also consider factors influencing digital exclusion and inequality and approaches to resolve this for service users.

Application submission deadline – 31 July 2022

Concepts of Health and Wellbeing

21 September – 11 November 2022

Concepts of Health and Wellbeing aims to introduce the students to health and wellbeing concepts, health promotion and the influencing factors on health and wellbeing and enablement. This short course will develop your understanding of concepts and models of health, identify health and wellbeing challenges in the local, national, and global context, explore the implications of health improvement principles and reflect on your own role in contributing to the improvement of population health and wellbeing.

Application submission deadline – 13 September 2022

Health through the Lifespan

28 September – 18 November 2022

Health Through the Lifespan aims to develop the students understanding of basic anatomy and physiology throughout the lifespan in relation to common health conditions. Students will learn about the structure and function of major systems in the body, typical health conditions and consider the influence of social determents of health and health inequalities on health through the lifespan.

Application submission deadline – 13 September 2022

Quality Improvement in Practice

27 September – 18 November 2022

This short course aims to enable students to develop knowledge of quality improvement approaches and develop effective decision making to promote quality improvement standards within the workplace.

Application submission deadline – 13 September 2022

Entry Requirements for the Short Courses

  • Two Scottish Highers or equivalent
  • Prior learning at SCQF7 for the Quality Improvement in Practice short course is recommended as this is delivered at SCQF level 8.

We are, however, cognisant of professional experience held by lifelong learners and applications to the short course, where this applied, will be considered on an individual basis.

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