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Infection Prevention & Control - HEA00080I

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Miss Sarah O'Reilly
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
C Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

This module provides experienced health care practitioners, working in hospitals and in the community, with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and competence in effective infection control. It is open to registered nurses and professions allied to medicine and the module focuses on developing evidence based practice, enabling participants to apply best evidence in the management and control of infection to their own care setting.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the key issues in infection control and consider their influence on current practice.
  2. Utilise a systematic approach to the management and control of infection.
  3. Discuss the principles and practice of effective surveillance, prevention, control and management of infection.
  4. Explore a range of existing and emerging treatments and techniques used in infection control practice.
  5. Review the roles and responsibilities of the multidisciplinary team in effective infection control.



Special assessment rules




Module feedback

Written feedback for summative assessment is provided on the standard proforma, within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.

Indicative reading

  • Ayliffe, G.A.J. (2009). Control of healthcare-associated infection. 5th edn. Hodder.
  • Ayliffe, G.A.J. and English, M. (2003). Hospital infection: from miasmas to MRSA. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Department of Health (2008). The Health Act 2006: Code of practice for the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections - revised 2009.
  • Department of Health (2009). The Health and Social Care Act 2008: Code of practice for health and adult social care on prevention and control of infections and related guidance.
  • Health Care Commission (2007). Investigation into outbreaks of Clostridium difficile at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust October 2007 Health Care Commission.
  • Horton, R. and Parker, L. (2002). Informed infection control practice. 2nd edn. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Lawrence, J. and May, D. (2003). Infection control in the community. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Pellowe, C.M., Pratt, R.J., Loveday, H.P., Harper, P., Robinson, N. and Jones, S.R.L.J. (2004). The epic project: Updating the evidence-base for national evidence based guidelines for preventing healthcare-associated infections in NHS hospitals in England: a report with recommendations. British Journal of Infection Control, 5(6), 10-16.
  • Perry, C. (Ed.). (2007). Infection prevention and control. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Weston, D.L. (2007). Infection prevention and control: theory and clinical practice for healthcare professionals. Chichester: John Wiley.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.

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