Free Course: Social Care During COVID-19

4 June 2020

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust is delighted to offer a free COVID-19 and social care course via learning platform FutureLearn.

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Beginning Monday 8 June,  the course will give participants an understanding of the impact of change brought about by self-isolation and social distancing and the vulnerabilities created by COVID-19.  Students will learn to make sense of their experiences, gain different perspectives,  and explore ways to cope with the challenges of living in a global pandemic.

The course is free, but registration is required. Sign up now: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/social-care-covid-19/1

Vital national and international efforts to contain the virus have radically transformed our personal and professional lives. Many of us remain on front-line services or are caring for those that are vulnerable and some of us may be vulnerable ourselves.

It is difficult to imagine a time where there was as much anxiety and uncertainty for individuals and societies about what the future may hold. This places pressure on the social care workforce and those receiving help and support and perhaps has started to highlight social care needs of individuals within their close communities, such as neighbors and local services, in a way which has not previously been highlighted.

Course tutor, Tavistock and Portman lecturer, and senior social worker Jo Williams said:

“Putting this course together, about the impact of the changes brought about by COVID-19, whilst living through those changes, has been an interesting parallel process, which I hope brings authenticity to the stories and materials shared over the course of the four weeks. I am looking forward to reading the exchange of comments, responses and reflections within the Future Learn community who sign up to the course”

Founded in 1920, the Tavistock and Portman clinics embody a distinctive way of thinking about and understanding mental distress, mental health and emotional wellbeing. We are one of very few providers in the UK that offer education within an NHS mental health clinical setting.

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