Infection Control in Healthcare Settings

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare Settings

Discover how to halt and prevent the spread of infection with this nationally recognised qualification.

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Overview

The Covid-19 pandemic left us all acutely aware of how easily infection can silently spread, putting the most vulnerable amongst us at risk. Some people are more at risk of contracting infection than others, due to the nature of their jobs; for instance, if you work in a hospital, school or care setting. If this applies to you, then gaining a solid understanding of how infection is controlled is essential. As this course is a nationally recognised RQF, it will make a great addition to your CV!

Infection Prevention & Control Level 3 – what you’ll learn

You’ll learn how the spread of infection can be controlled through the maintenance of personal hygiene, understand the importance of effective hand washing and wear personal protective equipment (PPE). You delve into the principles of decontamination, cleaning, and waste management, as well as learn the standardised procedures used within healthcare settings. Plus, you’ll be able to study infection control in your own time, and at a pace that suits you – ideal if you’ve work or family commitments.

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - Principles of the Causes and Spread of Infection in Health Care Settings

Delve into the exciting world of microorganisms and gain an understanding of the four key types: bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses. You will learn how they spread and which environmental conditions foster their colonisation. This section also teaches you about contagions, how to distinguish direct and indirect contact through real life outbreak scenarios and case studies. You will also learn about cross contamination, infection chains and preventative measures needed. Unit 1 closes with touching upon HCAIs, identifying groups who are most susceptible to infections, the spread within a clinical setting and how to mitigate infection risk.

Unit 2 - Principles of the Importance of Personal Hygiene and Health in the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Settings

Explore the important role personal hygiene plays in preventing infection, control and the risks associated with poor hygiene practises. In this unit you’ll learn best hygiene practises, the correct hand washing procedure promoted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and hygiene expectations within a professional setting. You’ll be able to identify in which circumstances employees shouldn’t enter the workplace, the use of cleansers and the risks associated with fake nails/nail polish. You will also learn about the current legislation and regulation of PPE and the employee’s responsibility to adhere to these.

Unit 3 - Principles of Decontamination, Cleaning and Waste Management in Health Care Settings

Build upon knowledge gained in the previous units with information highlighting the significance of a clean clinical/healthcare environment. This section will examine and explain the code of practise for the prevention and control of infections how this can be implemented through cleaning schedules and inform you of the national colour coding scheme for cleaning materials within a healthcare setting.

You will learn about the three stages of decontamination, the six stages cleaning procedures and best practise disinfecting procedures. Discover more about the sterilisation processes, handling/storage of clean and contaminated laundry supplemented by real life case studies. Acquire key knowledge of the environment and waste legislation, taking into account clinical and hazardous waste management. Learn through first hand experiences the actions to take when dealing with biological spillages and deepen your understanding of sharp management.

Unit 4 - Principles of Infection Prevention and Control in a Health Care Setting

In this penultimate section of the course, expand your knowledge with clear insights of the impact and significance of infection control within a healthcare environment. You’ll learn more about the legal implications of infection control such as the current legislation, code of practise, standards/guidelines, policies, roles and responsibilities. The unit also covers how to undertake risk assessments in accordance with The Health and Social Care Act 2008: Code of Practice for health and adult social care on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance.

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Awarding Body

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CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.

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Course Outcome

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive the following qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare. This means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to Level 2 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

NCFE CACHE has been developing courses in the childcare, education and healthcare sectors since 1945 and is one of the most reputable awarding bodies for qualifications in the UK and overseas. Practitioners working in these areas are much more employable having gained NCFE CACHE certification and many employers specifically ask for their qualifications when taking on members of staff.

How is this course assessed or examined?

Each unit is followed by a written tutor-marked assignment (TMA), which is submitted and then marked by your tutor. You will not be required to take an external exam.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English. There is a minimum study age of 16.

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Why study one of our health and social care courses?

When you enrol with us, you’ll be embarking on a rewarding, enriching journey at a pace that suits you. Our distance learning courses are designed to be tackled anywhere and anytime. Plus, with our award-winning course materials and unlimited tutor support, we’ll be there with you every step of the way.

How long is a health and social care course?

You have up to twelve months to complete one of our online health and social care courses. With that said, we’ve found that our students gain their chosen qualification in a much shorter time thanks to our award-winning learning materials and one-to-one tutor support. This means that you could put your learning into practice and secure a new job in health and social care very quickly.

How does studying for a health and social care course online work?

Online health and social care courses allow adults to retrain around their jobs and other commitments while being fully supported by the help of a personal, distance learning tutor. Choosing to study health and social care online gives you flexibility and freedom that you may struggle to receive from a traditional educational provider.

You’re given a deadline to complete the course, but the rest is up to you. You can study whenever you like, whether it’s on a bus or in the middle of the night. The power is in your hands.

Why is health and social care important?

While all roles differ, those working in health and social care provide an invaluable service to people within the community. They often offer support – either emotional, physical, or social – that allows people in need to continue to live a normal and fulfilling life. Some roles also help protect vulnerable members of society from abuse.

Health and social care is a varied, interesting and incredibly rewarding career path that can involve working with the very young through to the very old, while helping those in need navigate a diverse range of situations.

What is a health and social care course?

Health and social care is an umbrella term for courses that focus on helping others. Just some of the subjects that fall under this remit include retirement planning, diabetes care in children and young people, and mindfulness.

This means that once you’re qualified in general health and social care, your career can evolve as your interests do. You can practice a specific specialism and then pivot to another when and if you feel that you want to do something different but don’t want to retrain entirely. You really can carve your own health and social care career path.

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