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Infection Prevention and Control Practice - Level 7 - AC7002

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About this course

This course is part of Continuing Workforce Development for NHS practitioners. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the application form and gain authorisation from an appropriate decision maker within the NHS before sending it back to us.

Please note this module offers a variety of intake dates. Submit your application for the default month, which appears on the book now page, and indicate your preferred intake in the personal statement section from the date(s) listed in the orange box on this page. Your programme support team will be in touch to confirm your actual start date in due course. For further queries, please contact us by emailing hs.cipdinfo@northumbria.ac.uk.

Aimed at registered health and social care practitioners who are involved in Infection Prevention and Control Practice (IPC) this module aims to examine your own competence and develop your expertise in the assessment, prevention and management of IPC issues.

Using current research-based evidence you will develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of your ability to fulfil an effective role within a multi-disciplinary approach to IPC practice with the ultimate goal to achieve excellence in practice through the establishment and maintenance of safe health/social care environments

You will have the opportunity to use theory and research-based evidence to explore the diverse aspects of IPC and relate these to your sphere of practice e.g. secondary, primary or community care environments.

The module syllabus includes epidemiology, national/international drivers for IPC practice, risk assessment, clinical audit, outbreak management, microbiology, surveillance and the implementation of evidence based practice.

Content Overview

  • National/international drivers for IPC practice
  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology
  • Risk assessment
  • Clinical audit
  • Core competencies
  • Health protection
  • Outbreak management
  • Surveillance
  • Implementation of evidence based practice

Learn from the Best

Northumbria is the principal provider of nurse education in the North East of England and was named Nurse Education Provider of the Year (post-registration) for three consecutive years by Student Nursing Times.

We have excellent relationships with partner services in health, social care and social work and our range of CPD provision supports practitioners and managers to engage in professional learning and then examine how this can be integrated in the practice arena.

Designed by a multi-professional team including Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Midwives, Social Care Staff and Medical practitioners our range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is tailored towards individuals who are driving and enabling practice development in NHS North East.

Teaching and Assessment

You will learn in both the academic and workplace settings. During lectures and seminars, you will have the opportunity to engage in discussion and debate topical issues in IPC.  You will also be able to access and use supplementary learning materials through the e-learning portal.

You will be expected to submit, critical reflective account of an infection/communicable disease issue from your own working environment. You will critically analyse the diverse role and skills of the practitioner while critically appraising the unique characteristics of infections in relation to risk and care practices

This assessment will meet not only all of the learning outcomes for the module (MLO) but also your professional and personal learning needs. You will be expected to integrate theory and practice and show how you can apply the knowledge and skills you have learned in practice.

Learning Environment

This course is based at our Coach Lane Campus where you will have access to cutting-edge facilities with technology embedded through all aspects of your learning.

Research-rich Learning

Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).

Give Your Career an Edge

Ensure you are up-to-date with the latest developments in research and practice to support IPC. This 20 credit module can count towards the MSc in Practice Development

Course info

Award Type 20 Credit, Level 7

Delivery Method Blend of Lectures, Workshops, Reflective Practice, Seminars and Directed Study

Sector Healthcare Public Health

Study Mode Part-Time One Day a Week (first week 2 Days)

Location Coach Lane Campus

Start May 2018

Duration Spread over 12 Weeks

This module would suit registered practitioners (e.g. Nurses, Medical Practitioners, Physiotherapist and Podiatrists) who are actively involved in IPC.

This course is based at our Coach Lane Campus where you will have access to cutting-edge facilities with technology embedded through all aspects of your learning.

You should be a registered nurse or healthcare practitioner, who is involved in infection prevention and control practice. You will need to demonstrate evidence of previous study at level 6.

Content Overview

  • National/international drivers for IPC practice,
  • Epidemiology,
  • Microbiology,
  • Risk assessment
  • Clinical audit
  • Core competencies
  • Health protection
  • Outbreak management
  • Surveillance
  • Implementation of evidence based practice

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