Certificate in the Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care Settings

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Why study this course?

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.

Course content

Unit 1: Principles of the causes and spread of infection in healthcare settings
In this unit you will learn about the chain of infection and examine how infection is caused and the ways in which it can spread.
Unit 2: Principles of the importance of personal hygiene and health in the prevention and control of infection in healthcare settings
Within this unit you will discover the vital importance of personal hygiene, demonstrate effective hand washing and the principles of using personal protective equipment.
Unit 3: Principles of decontamination, cleaning and waste management in healthcare settings
This unit will provide you with an understanding of how important cleaning, decontamination, sterilisation and waste management is within the healthcare setting.
Unit 4: Principles of infection prevention and control in a healthcare setting
In this unit you will learn about 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.

Entry requirements

Age 19+
Aged 19-23 – level 2 qualification or 5GCSEs
Aged 23+ Good level of written and spoken English


Distance Learning – all learning and assessment materials provided fully online

Day, time and duration

Anytime. All courses to be completed in a ten week period

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