Key Facts

Module Title: NUR-30187: Infection Prevention and Control
Mode of Study:Trimester 2
Contact Details:Contact School of Nursing and Midwifery - 01782 679559
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
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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 15 minute presentation of contemporary infection prevention and control in UK nursing practice with the student making recommendations for best practice based on a robust evidence base.  Followed by 10 minutes of academic questions during which the student defends the practice initiative.

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