Infection Prevention & Control Awareness

This course gives a comprehensive overview of Infection Prevention & Control Awareness within Health and Social Care

The prevention and control of infection is a major priority in health and social care, where service users may be especially vulnerable to disease and the results especially dangerous. This course gives learners an understanding of the most common diseases in a care setting, the chain of infection and how to prevent and control infection.

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Course Details

Infection Prevention & Control Awareness course details:
  • Clear, attractive format
  • Real-life scenarios help illustrate key points
  • With videos and graphics to make an enjoyable learning experience
  • Written by an expert with over 20 years experience of health and social care training

Benefits for you

Infection prevention impacts a vast nmber of workplaces, arguably no more so than health and social care, where the service users are especially vulnerable.

The course has been mapped to the following (where it is applicable) -

Core skills Training Framework – Subject Number 6 – Infection Prevention and Control

  • a) know how individuals can contribute to infection prevention and control 
  • b) have knowledge of and demonstrate the standard infection prevention and control precautions relevant to their role including – 
  • - Hand Hygiene 
  • - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 
  • - Management of Blood and Body Fluid Spillage 
  • - Management of Occupational Exposure (including sharps) 
  • c) recognise and act when their personal fitness to work may pose a risk of infection to others. 

Level 2 Diploma Health and Social Care (Adults) for England Unit 8 – Contribute to Health and Safety in Health and Social Care – Learning Outcome 4 – Be able to reduce the spread of infection 

  • 4.1) Demonstrate the recommended method for hand washing 
  • 4.2) Demonstrate ways to ensure that own health and hygiene do not pose a risk to others at work 

Apprenticeship Standard for Adult Care Worker Level 2 

  • E29 – How to reduce the spread of infection 

The Care Certificate 

  • 15.1a – Describe the main ways an infection can get into the body 
  • 15.1b – Demonstrate effective hand hygiene (this will also need to be observed within the work place) 
  • 15.1c – Explain how their own health or hygiene might pose a risk to the individuals they support or work with 
  • 15.1d – List common types of personal protective clothing, equipment and procedures and how and when to use them 
  • 15.1e – Explain the principles of safe handling of infected or soiled linen and clinical waste

Course Syllabus

Section 1 – Introduction

  • Learning Objectives 
  • Mapping 
  • Meet The People 

Section 2 – Overview of Legislation and Guidance 

  • Introduction 
  • Employer Duties 
  • Employee Duties 

Section 3 – Types of Pathogens and Infections

  • Introduction 
  • Healthcare-associated Infections (HCAI) 
  • Bacteria – Bacterial Pathogens 
  • Viruses – Viral Pathogens 
  • Parasites – Parasitic Pathogens 
  • Moulds 
  • Other Fungi 
  • Protozoa 

Section 4 – Common infections 

  • Introduction 
  • Impetigo
  • Clostridium difficile (C Diff) 
  • Carbapenem-resistant 
  • Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) 
  • Escherichia Coli (E-coli) 0157 
  • Staphylococcus 
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) 
  • Norovirus (Winter Vomiting Bug) 
  • Ringworm 
  • Scabies 
  • Legionella 

Section 5 – The Chain of Infection 

  • Introduction 
  • The Chain of Infection 
  • Breaking the Chain of Infection 

Section 6 – Preventative Measures 

  • Introduction 
  • Staff Hygiene and Health 
  • Hand Washing 
  • Personal Protective Equipment 
  • Waste Management 
  • Waste Management II – Clinical Waste 
  • Waste Management III – Hazardous Waste Management of blood and body fluid spillages 
  • Management of Soiled Linen 
  • Management of Sharps 
  • Sharps Injuries


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