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Principles and Practice of Infection Prevention and Control

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Registered professional qualification (e.g. nursing); 60 credits at Level 5 (or equivalent)
106 Oxford Road, Uxbridge, UB8 1NA, Greater London, United Kingdom

Explore and critically evaluate the evidence for infection control practice and understand how to apply infection prevention and control practices across a range of healthcare settings.

If you are a health practitioner working with, or in regular contact with patients in a range of health care settings this course will enable you to explore and critically evaluate the evidence for infection control practice, develop your own knowledge, and put what you learn into practice.

This course will cover topics including:

  • Applied microbiology and antimicrobial resistance
  • The infection process and mechanisms of pathogenicity
  • Principles of epidemiology
  • Transmission of healthcare associated infections
  • Natural defences against infection and identifying patients at risk
  • Strategies used to prevent and control infection
  • Maintaining a clean environment, cleaning and decontamination, managing waste and linen
  • Multi-resistant pathogens - trends and prevention strategies
  • Quality governance and the role of infection control targets
  • Embedding effective infection control practice using audit and surveillance
  • Legal framework for preventing healthcare associated infections


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