Direct caring roles

Please find below a compilation of some of the on-line and distance training to enable you to gain skills and knowledge in the area of general care, mental health and wellbeing. Training and development is a great way to keep your brain active and build up your own self-worth and esteem. It can help you to focus on both your own personal and professional development. You may find these courses useful to support the work you are currently involved in or if you are looking to change roles and look for a new job in a new setting. Most of these learning opportunities are free but also look at some of the providers as they offer many other courses that are discounted for you as a UNISON member.

This list of courses is not exhaustive and many more interesting learning opportunities can be found with each of these providers. However, these courses will give you a good starting point.

You may also want to check with your UNISON branch and regional teams to see if any specific courses are being run locally to you.

UNISON e-learning

Mental health and wellbeing

Staying Strong: stress awareness

FutureLearn: The Open University

Mental health and wellbeing

Emotional intelligence at work

Mindfulness for wellbeing and peak performance


Mental health and wellbeing

Raising awareness: mental health

Skills Academy

If you would like to access UNISON’s Skills Academy Platform please email us and provide your full name and membership number. This platform will give you access to over 500 different courses!

Email us to request an account

Social care/CPD

  • Deprivation of liberty safeguards
  • Modern slavery awareness
  • Privacy and Dignity certification
  • Safeguarding adults certification
  • Safeguarding vulnerable adults certification

Personal skills and development

  • Body language
  • Communication basics
  • Decoding direct/indirect messages
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Handing conflict in high value relationships
  • Identifying the cause of conflict
  • LGBTQ Awareness
  • Mindful Listening
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour
  • Unconscious bias certification

Mental health and wellbeing

  • Mindfulness
  • Anxiety Awareness
  • Bipolar Awareness
  • Child Psychology (Level 3)
  • Dealing with Stress and Violence in the Workplace
  • Depression Awareness
  • Eating Disorder Awareness
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction Awareness
  • Mental Health First Aid Certificate

Health and safety

  • Lone working awareness
  • Personal safety Certification
  • Dangers of working at night Certification
  • Duty of Care certification
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Control Certification
  • Travel safety for Women Certification


  • Pain Management
  • Safe Handling of Medicines
  • Sharps Injuries Awareness
  • Assessing Mental Capacity
  • Domiciliary Care
  • Epilepsy Awareness