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:
Discuss the key issues in infection control and consider their influence on current practice.
Utilise a systematic approach to the management and control of infection.
Discuss the principles and practice of effective surveillance, prevention, control and management of infection.
Explore a range of existing and emerging treatments and techniques used in infection control practice.
Review the roles and responsibilities of the multidisciplinary team in effective infection control.
Special assessment rules
Written feedback for summative assessment is provided on the standard proforma, within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.
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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.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to courses
The 2020/21 academic year will start in September. We aim to deliver as much face-to-face teaching as we can, supported by high quality online alternatives where we must.
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