Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control – QQI Level 5


Course Aims

  • This course aims to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence to prevent or manage outbreaks of infection and to recognise their role in the prevention of infection in a healthcare setting.
  • Infection Prevention and Control is a mandatory module for the Level 5 Certificate in Health Service Skills 5M3782 and an optional module in Level 5 Certificate in Healthcare Support 5M4339.

Course Outline
Learners will:

  • Understand the importance of infection prevention and control in the provision of a healthy environment for patients, staff and visitors.
  • Understand the principles of infection, the factors that contribute to healthcare associated infections, their prevention, outbreak management and the significance of an Area of Infection Control.
  • Understand the role of the Infection Prevention and Control Team in the prevention and management of infection in healthcare settings and their role in policy formation.
  • Know the standard precautions and practical skills required to decontaminate equipment to include terminal cleaning, segregation of all healthcare waste and linen, the management of spillages, safe sharps disposal and the role of single use items.
  • Manage inoculation and accidental exposure to blood and bodily fluids and understand the need for reporting such incidences and the role of the healthcare assistant.

Course Content

  • Unit 1:  Basic Microbiology
  • Unit 2:  Principles of Infection Control:
    Standard Precautions and Transmission-Based Precautions
  • Unit 3:  Healthcare Associated Infections
  • Unit 4:  Health Management:
    Corporate and Individual Responsibility in relation to Infection Prevention and Control.

Course Work

  • Skills Demonstration 40%
  • Learner Record 20%
  • Examination – Theory 40%

Entry Requirements

  • QQI Level 4, Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied
  • Mature students with relevant work or life experience
  • English language proficiency if appropriate.

1 March 2018, Thursday, 7pm – 10pm


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