Infection Prevention & Control

10 modules


Caroline Daly

15 Jan 2019



Please note: you will have online access to complete your course for 14 days only from the date of your enrolment. Once completed you will receive your certificate via email. Upon completion or after this 14 day period, you will no longer have access to the modules.

Course Content

Unit 1: Understanding and Terminology

  • Learn about and understand the terms germ, microbe, pathogen
  • Know about and be able to identify the sources of infection
  • Identify the main pathogens which pose a threat
  • Learn about the transmission and growth of infection
  • Understand what MRSA is and how it develops and how to prevent infection

Unit 2: Principles of Control

  • Understand the principles of infection control
  • Learn about the chain of infection
  • Know the routes of entry
  • Know the difference between resident and transient organisms & direct and indirect contact
  • Know the potential sources of infection

Unit 3: Precautions, Competence and Hygiene

  • Learn to apply the universal precautions
  • Understand the principles of good hand hygiene to include efficient hand washing, the correct use of alcohol hand gels and the need for good personal skin care
  • Be competent to apply the principles of waste disposal, cleaning spillages, clean-up kit, and exposure to contamination, protective equipment, cleaning activities, and further hygiene tips.
  • Understand the principles of good hand hygiene to include efficient hand washing, the correct use of alcohol hand gels and the need for good personal skin care

Unit 4: Procedures, Standards and Management

  • Be competent to work with cleaning, disinfection and sterilization procedures to include cleaning standards, procedures while paying special attention to decontamination of equipment, including patient care equipment.
  • Apply appropriate management of blood and body fluid


By the end of this course learners will:

  • Be able to identify sources of infections.
  • Understand the various ways that infections may be transmitted.
  • Understand the chain of infection and how it helps us identify effective ways to control risks.
  • Be fully aware of what preventative measures and remedial actions help prevent infections from transmitting.
  • Understand the principles of good waste management different hygiene levels of Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilisation.
  • The course will equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to help prevent and control infection within their relevant working environment.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Infection Prevention & Control

Learning Credits

Skills Team Honour Code
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Introduction To Infection Control
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Unit 1 - Basic Microbiology
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Unit 2 - The Chain of Infection
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Unit 3 - Managing the Spread of Infection Part 1
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Unit 4 - Managing the Spread of Infection Part 2
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Unit 5 - Transmission Based Precautions
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Unit 6 - Practical Assessment
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Exam - Infection Prevention and Control
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Assignment - Hand Hygiene
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