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New online course comes to the rescue for health and social care workers

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New online course comes to the rescue for health and social care workersWIT

Online course in managing work-related stress designed for people working in health and social care sectors in Ireland to have rolling admission

The School of Health Sciences in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is delighted to announce the delivery of a new online educational course, a ‘Certificate in the Management of Work-Related Stress’.

The course is tailored to workers in the health and social care sectors in Ireland. It aims to help workers manage their own work related stress and to provide information and tools to workers and service managers to help them to create a less stressful working environment.

The course is accredited by Waterford Institute of Technology as a 20 Credit Level 6 Special Purpose Award ‘Certificate in the Management of Work-Related Stress’. There are no lectures to attend, and the course content can be accessed online anytime and anywhere. Learners will be supported by a lecturer in WIT who will facilitate online discussion forums and provide regular open skype hours tutorials. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Health care and social care staff will be given the information and skills to manage their individual levels of occupational stress. They will also learn how to create a less stressful workplace.

The course was developed as part of EU-funded projects led by Professor John Wells and the School of Health Sciences of Waterford Institute of Technology.

The first project, ROSE, developed a suite of online psycho-social supports for health and social care workers to manage their work-related stress. The second project, DELAROSE, transferred these supports into an accredited online learning programme which is the 'Certificate in the Management of Work-Related Stress' and which we will deliver from this September.

DELAROSE involved nine partners from Ireland, the UK, Austria, Belgium and Switzerland, with the training programme delivered by three of the HEI partners; WIT (Ireland); Karl Franzens University (Austria) and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, in the English, German and Italian languages respectively. Kings College London also assisted in the development of the course content.

Current listings of part-time course opportunities at WIT are available at Other part-time School of Health Sciences courses are: Fundamentals of Care 1 (Part Time), Care of the Older Adult (Part Time), Palliative Care for Health Carers (Part Time), Introduction to Intellectual Disability Care (Part Time), Introduction to Mental Health Care (Part Time), Certificate in Healthcare Support, Certificate in Psychosocial Interventions for Practice, Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Skills for Practice, BSc (Hons) in Nursing Studies (Part Time).

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