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Unit IC01The principals of infection prevention and control|

The answers can be achieved either by a candidate’s written statement or through professional discussion with an assessor Aim

This unit is aimed at those who work in health or social care settings or with children or young people in a wide range of settings. The unit introduces the central importance of infection control and prevention in such settings.

Credit 3

Level 2

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of infection. 2. Understand legislation and policies relating to prevention and control of infections

3. Understand systems and procedures relating to prevention and control of infections.

4 .Understand the importance of risk assessment in relation to the prevention and control of infections.

5. Understand the importance of using personal protective equipment (PPE) in the prevention and control of infections.

6. Understand the importance of good personal hygienebin the prevention and control of infection.

Task One (Unit IC01 - Assessment Criteria 1.1)|
Explain employer’s roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infections.Employer’s roles and responsibilities includes: making sure employees are aware of the health and safety aspects of their work. For example posting information on notice boards, keeping an information file such as COSHH, training, and providing supervision. The need to keep records in relation to infection control using appropriate documentation. To ensure that the relevant standards, policies and guidelines are available within the workplace.| Task Two (Unit IC01 - Assessment Criteria 1.2)|

Explain employees responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection:To ensure that their own health and hygiene not pose a risk to service users and colleagues. To ensure effective hand washing is carried out when working with service users, giving personal care, handling/preparing food. To ensure they use protective clothing provided when needed and appropriate.|

Task Three (Unit IC01 - Assessment Criteria 2.1)|
Outline current legislation and regulatory body standards which are relevant to the prevention and control of infection: The Health and Social Care Act 2008 and Code of PracticeThe 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 (Department of Health 2009) requires all organisations which provide health and adult social care to have policies, procedures and protocols in place which minimise the risk of infection. This Act came into force in April 2009 for NHS care providers and is used by the Care Quality Commission to assess compliance with the registration requirements on ‘cleanliness and infection prevention and control’. Independent health and adult social care will be brought into registration under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 from October 2010 and the Code has been revised to cover all adult health and social care providersThe Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 - Employers, employees and the self-employed have a duty to protect, so far as is reasonably practicable, those at work who may be affected by work activity. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 This includes biological agents such as Hepatitis C Virus and employers are required to assess risk and implement adequate and appropriate control measures. The Management of Health at Work Regulations 1999 – Employers are obliged to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to health and then apply risk control measures based on this.The Reporting of Incidences, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 – Requires employers to report specific incidents to the Health and Safety Executive. Incidents involving acute illness requiring medical treatment, when there is...
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