Tackling Inequalities MOOC opens Feb. 19th 2018

SISCC have been running massive online open courses (MOOCs) in partnership with FutureLearn as part of our Knowledge into Action at Scale work. We want to find out if MOOCs can influence practice and behaviour change in health and social care.

Our courses are aimed at health and social care practitioners around the world and are free to join. They offer continuing professional development opportunities for anyone who wants to develop their skills and awareness of key issues in the sector.

On February 19th, our course Tackling Inequalities Through Health and Social Care Design will run. Last time the course ran, we had several thousand practitioners from across the globe sharing their experiences and learning from each other. We'd love to have you join in this time! You can sign up for the course now.

On this course, we aim to develop awareness about inequalities among practitioners of health and social care. Some may think that inequalities are a problem that individuals can't improve on. But, when you hear from people across Scotland who are leading improvement projects that impact on health and social inequalities at a national, regional and local level, we hope you will see that it is indeed possible to get involved in improvements like these, where you live and work.

Projects designed by practitioners to improve the outcomes of service users can be highly effective when they are designed using co-creation, or when they involve collaborative working across sectors. On the course, these themes come up often as we hear about a series of Scottish initiatives: The Children and Young People's Improvement Collaborative (CYPIC), Mouth Matters, Vulnerable in Pregnancy (VIP) and GPs at the Deep End.

We've used Scotland as a case study on the course to help us explore what inequalities are, looking at some of the challenges that contribute to poor health outcomes and considering how services can be designed to reduce inequalities. Using the example of successful projects here, we'll take a look at how quality improvement can play a role in reducing inequalities.

The course covers topics including: 

  • The social determinants of health 
  • Hidden health inequalities
  • The human right to services
  • Technology & access to care
  • Designing an improvement project
  • Identifying unintended consequences
  • Ethnic, cultural and gender differences in health outcomes
  • Nutrition & diet in early years
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to improvement 
  • Substance misuse in Scotland 
  • Criminal justice and health outcomes 
  • Lifestyle factors 
  • Designing services for vulnerable groups 
  • Excess mortality in Scotland 
  • The Model for Improvement 
  • Addressing patient well-being via co-located services 

We're also developing a programme of courses called Compassionate Care: Getting it Right. Following the success of our five-week course, in which over 10,000 practitioners have already taken part. You can register your interest in the courses now, and you'll receive an email when the programme opens for enrollment. It is expected to begin in Spring 2018.

Please join us on our MOOCs and invite your colleagues to join in, too. The courses are free CPD opportunities and will give you the chance to learn from experts and colleagues across the globe.

We hope to have people with different backgrounds and experiences join in. There is so much learn from each others' practice, so whether you are a health professional, social worker, policymaker, student, carer or service user, please join us and share your knowledge. We look forward to seeing you on the courses!

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