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This is a 15 credit work based learning module, which is achieved in the main, through working within a clinical area where infection prevention and control is a requirement.
This module is designed to meet the need of all healthcare professionals who work in infection control roles, or wish to extend their knowledge in this area of practice within hospitals, acute settings and the community.
It aims to create and provide a learning opportunity which is responsive, flexible and relevant to current social and health care needs in a wide variety of clinical care settings either within primary or secondary care.
The module will be delivered by experts within their field utilising a blended learning approach. The module will require the practitioner to explore a particular infection and the impact this could have on the patient, relatives and staff in relation to local, national and international governance, policy and health and social care.
This module will also provide insight and knowledge regarding the epidemiology of infections and the aspects of treatment and management, with a significant focus on patient-centred care and the infection prevention and control guidance, policy and procedures.
This module is available as an elective module within the proposed BSc (Hons) Clinical Nursing Practice, multiple pathways, and as a free standing module.
Contemporary issues in infection control and prevention to include:
- International, national, and local perspectives and developments;
- Evidence based infection control practices;
- National infection prevention and control agenda;
- Care pathways and national and local frameworks;
- Person-centred care in relation to physical, psychological, intellectual and social care needs
- To facilitate the healthcare professional to:-
- Develop their underpinning knowledge of infection prevention and control principles, and procedures; and the application of these to develop practice in their workplace with regard to prevention and control of infection.
- Apply a critical, analytical, evidence-based approach to the application of new and existing knowledge in relation to infection prevention and control.
Evidence of Level 2 academic study or equivalent.
Candidates must normally hold first level Professional Registration with a relevant Professional Body e.g., NMC; Chartered Society
Epidemiology of healthcare associated infections (HCAI’s); to include hospital and community acquired infections
The interface between hospital and community and infection control
Hospital and community hygiene; to include hand hygiene, cleaning, etc
Contemporary issues in infection control; to include international, national and local perspectives and developments, evidence-based infection control practices, national infection control agenda, care pathways and frameworks
The Health Act 2006 Code of Practice for the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections and other key legislation, policy and local standards related to infection control
Public policy, public health and environmental health
Pathogenesis of human disease
The chain of infection and host risk factors
Management of the physical, psychological and emotional impact of infection upon the patient / client, relatives and professional colleagues
The environment of care and infection control; high-risk settings and factors
High-risk situations regarding infection control; e.g. care of the immunosupporessed patient
Principles of microbiology, virology and immunology
Outbreak control and prevention strategies
Organisms of clinical significance; to include Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium Difficile
Antibiotic prescribing and antimicrobial agents
Prevention and management of infection; to include risk assessment and management, clinical governance, surveillance, clinical audit.
Developing infection control practice; to include use of teaching and learning initiatives to develop practice and inform workplace developments
Legal, socio-economic and professional aspects of infection control
Module will utilize blended learning methods including VLE; to include use of WebCT resources and activities.
Presentation skills, academic writing and referencing skills
Number of assessments:
ASSESSMENT DATA (required for each assessment)
Sequence no: 1
Type of assessment
Brief description of assessment
A 3000 word written assignment in which the student will explore the impact of an infection on the patient, relatives and staff in relation to local, national, international governance, policy, and health and social care literature and evidence.
Contribution to the module mark (%) (Put 0 if type is formative assessment or competency assessment)
Pass mark (Put 1 if type is competency)
Attendance: Half a day. Module will utilize blending learning methods including VLE; to include use of WebCT resources and activities.
Course Duration: 15 Weeks