Infection Prevention and Control

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Rising levels of health care associated infection (HCAI) have gained prominence in the media and in politics, leading to great public concern. All NHS organisations are required to put infection control and basic hygiene at the heart of good management and clinical practice. All healthcare workers have a duty of care to their patients and preventing infection forms part of that duty of care. This module will help NHS organisations to fulfill their requirements because, on completion, learners will have gained an overview of the key elements of infection control, understand how infections might occur and how good practice can reduce their likelihood and prevent their spread.

On completion of this module learners will:

  • Understand basic microbiology
  • Understand how micro-organisms are spread
  • Understand standard infection control precautions
  • Know the importance of correct hand hygiene technique
  • Be able to describe what MRSA, Clostridium difficile, Norovirus are and understand their impact in healthcare
  • Know what precautions are necessary to prevent and control Health Care Associated Infections (HCAI)


Lesson Plan


Areas covered include:

  • Welcome and Learning Objectives
  • Overview
  • Basic Microbiology
  • Infection Control
  • Handling Waste
  • Understanding MRSA
  • Understanding CDI
  • Understanding Norovirus
  • You and Infection Control
  • Summary



The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


On completion of this course you will be able to download a College certificate.


Approximately 2 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like.

Target Audience

This module is targeted primarily at healthcare workers in NHS organisations, though the information is applicable to anyone working in the healthcare sector in general.

Entry Requirements


There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

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