Are you looking to complete an online infection prevention course? This qualification aims to prepare you for tackling the outbreak of infection in hospitals and healthcare settings by aiding you in understanding the many causes of infection and how it can be spread, as well as how you can help control it.
This course offers:
Online learning materials with online assessment.
Paper based learning materials and paper based assessment.
Paper based learning materials with online assessment
Please see a breakdown below of the units and sections within this course.
Unit 1: Principles of the causes and spread of infection in health care settings
In this unit, you will explore how infection is caused and how it can spread. You will also build your understanding of the links in the ‘chain of infection’ and the steps that can be taken to break this chain, along with the common types of healthcare associated infection, how they spread and the procedures that can help to minimise their risk.
This unit contains four sections, including:
• Section 1: How infection is caused
• Section 2: How infection can spread
• Section 3: Understanding the ‘chain of infection’
• Section 4: Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI).
Unit 2: Principles of the importance of personal hygiene and health in the prevention and control of infection in health care settings
This unit will enable you to enhance your knowledge of how to maintain high standards of personal hygiene by following workplace procedures. You will learn about the correct sequence to use for hand washing and drying, as well as your responsibilities relating to the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
This unit contains three sections, including:
• Section 1: The importance of good personal hygiene
• Section 2: The importance and use of effective hand washing
• Section 3: The principles of using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Unit 3: Principles of decontamination, cleaning and waste management in health care settings
You will gain an understanding of how important cleaning, decontamination, sterilisation and waste management is within the health care setting.
This unit contains seven sections, including:
• Section 1: Maintaining a clean environment
• Section 2: Roles and responsibilities for cleaning, decontamination and waste management
• Section 3: The principles of decontamination
• Section 4: Understanding sterilisation
• Section 5: Safe handling of laundry
• Section 6: The principles of effective waste management
• Section 7: Safe handling of sharps.
Unit 4: Principles of infection prevention and control in a health care setting
This unit will explain the purpose of infection control and look in detail at the regulations, policies, procedures, risk assessments, and roles and responsibilities in relation to infection control.
This unit contains five sections, including:
• Section 1: The purpose of infection control
• Section 2: Regulations, policies and procedures for infection control
• Section 3: Roles and responsibilities in relation to infection control
• Section 4: The role of risk assessments in infection control
• Section 5: Infection control procedures