Throughout the learning process you will be awarded a Digital Open Badge for completing each unit. These are internationally recognised by many employers and educational institutions and will allow you to display your study achievements, even if you only wish to complete a specific unit.

Upon finishing the course, you will be issued an E-Certificate featuring all earned badges and stating that you have completed the full course, so that you can add it to your CV or education portfolio. This massive open online course does not hold any credits and can not be used as a top-up for your University credits.

If you're interested in exploring what else University of Derby Online Learning has to offer, browse our online courses.

High quality free online learning experience

In 2016, the University of Derby received the OpenupEd quality label. This means that the University of Derby is recognised as operating in a continuous process of improving their MOOC offerings. By achieving this label the University of Derby demonstrates that it offers quality controlled MOOCs in compliance with benchmarks tailored to both online and open education and keeps up to date with the latest developments. Furthermore, that it uses the OpenupEd quality instrument for benchmarked self-assessment on MOOCs and takes measures of improvement accordingly.

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An accredited provider of the CPD Standards Office

We are proud to be an accredited provider of the CPD Standards Office for our online short courses and free courses, demonstrating that they conform to CPD best practice and are appropriate for inclusion in a formal CPD record.

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Course units

The course is made up of 4 units. Each unit takes approximately 2 hours to complete.

Unit content is guided by professionally recognised theory and evidence:

  • identify and retain an overview of pressure ulcers; including what they are and where they occur
  • identify the warning signs and risk associated with vulnerability to pressure ulcers
  • recognise strategies to prevent skin breakdown

After this unit delegates will be able to:

  • recognise the importance of keeping active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  • identify the basic principles of good posture and positioning
  • investigate an individual's own priorities and negotiating optimum function and care

At the end of this unit delegates will be able to:

  • identify how to encourage and promote healthy eating and nutrition
  • understand how to effectively manage toileting and continence issues
  • understand the importance of promoting wellbeing, including both physical and mental health interventions

At the end of this unit delegates will be able to:

  • understand the triggers for referral onto other agencies and professionals
  • identify key equipment considerations
  • understand the role of different health care professionals and support services locally