Emerging life-threatening infections such as SARS and Ebola have highlighted the need for effective and consistent prevention, control and management of infection within healthcare environments. Failure to implement appropriate control and management of infection can lead to the increased spread of diseases, which may ultimately lead to the loss of life and increased burden on health and social care resources.

Using the chain of infection as a guide, this module will adopt a holistic approach to infection prevention and control (IPC) in 21st century health and social care. Healthcare-associated infections are major causers of morbidity and mortality, however this module will also cover common microorganisms and their pathogenesis. Emerging tropical diseases, pandemics, epidemics and endemics will also be discussed.

You will learn about the causes of infection and pre-disposing conditions increasing susceptibility, but also challenge existing legislation, auditing and surveillance techniques to bring about effective management and control of outbreaks in a diverse range of contexts. The module is suitable for all health and social care professionals with an interest in infection prevention and control.

Module content will include:

  • Cause and spread of infection
  • Preventing and control of infection
  • Legislation relevant to infection
  • Auditing and surveillance
  • Prevalence and epidemiology
  • Roles, responsibilities and boundaries
  • Managing outbreaks
  • Controlling the environment
  • Waste management
  • Specimen collection
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Managing work-related injuries
  • Vascular access devices and bloodstream infections, ANTT
  • Chain of infection
  • Hand washing and hygiene
  • Fundamentals and aims of infection prevention
  • Microorganisms and specific activity related to them: MRSA, TB, Norovirus, C.difficile, HIV, Hepatitis, new and emerging infections
  • Healthcare-associated infections
  • Emerging tropical diseases, pandemics, epidemics and endemics including Zika, Ebola, Malaria, Dengue
  • Relation of the immune system and pathogenesis of infection
  • Use and misuse of antibiotics
  • Management of infection prevention and control locally, regionally, nationally and internationally
  • Collaborative working to reduce burden of infection across health and social care
  • Information sharing
  • Antibiotic resistant organisms
  • Decontamination of medical devices
  • Incident investigation and root cause analysis

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Critically appraise existing knowledge and understanding of infection prevention and control
  • Critically analyse the need for strict infection prevention and control within any care environment
  • Examine current and future issues and debates around infectious diseases, epidemiology, prevalence and morbidity.

Through completing this module you will gain a range of transferable skills including:

Graduate skills

  • Awareness of global issues
  • Development as a global citizen
  • Lateral thinking and innovation
  • Presenting

Digital Skills

You will also be given the opportunity to develop digital skills through the use of interactive technology e.g. discussion forums, personal blog. This module will enable you to:

  • Use online networks
  • Appraise online information
  • Share case studies related to their own environment
  • Develop resources for presentations

Please note: *Prices correct for 2019/20 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020