The Principles of Infection Prevention and Control
To introduce the learner to national and local policies in relation to infection control; to explain employer and employee responsibilities in this area; to understand how procedures and risk assessment can help minimise the risk of an outbreak of infection. Learners will also gain an understanding of how to use PPE correctly and gain an understanding of the importance of good personal hygiene. Credit Level 3 2 Assessment criteria The learner can: 1.1 Explain employees’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection 1.2 Explain employers’ responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control infection 2 Understand legislation and policies relating to prevention and control of infections 2.1 Outline current legislation and regulatory body standards which are relevant to the prevention and control of infection 2.2 Describe local and organisational policies relevant to the prevention and control of infection 3. Understand systems and procedures relating to the prevention and control of infections 3.1 Describe procedures and systems relevant to the prevention and control of infection 3.2 Explain the potential impact of an outbreak of infection on the individual and the organisation 4. Understand the importance of risk assessment, in relation to the prevention and control of infections 4.1 Define the term risk 4.2 Outline potential risks of infection within the workplace 4.3 Describe the process of carrying out a risk assessment 4.4 Explain the importance of carrying out a risk assessment
Learning outcomes The learner will: 1. Understand roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of infections
Understand the importance of using Personal Protective Equipment ( PPE)in the prevention and control of infections
5.1 Demonstrate correct use of PPE 5.2 Describe different types of PPE 5.3 Explain the reasons for use of PPE 5.4 State current relevant regulations and legislation relating to PPE 5.5 Describe employees’ responsibilities regarding the use of PPE 5.6 Describe employers’ responsibilities regarding the use of PPE 5.7 Describe the correct practice in the application and removal of PPE 5.8 Describe the correct procedure for disposal of used PPE
Understand the importance of good personal hygiene in the prevention and control of infections
6.1 Describe the key principles of good personal hygiene 6.2 Demonstrate good hand washing technique 6.3 Describe the correct sequence for hand washing 6.4 Explain when and why hand washing should be carried out 6.5 Describe the types of products that should be used for hand washing 6.6 Describe correct procedures that relate to skincare
Indicative content Learning outcome 1: Understand roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of infections The importance of infection control Definitions of infection control Employees’ roles and responsibilities Roles where infection control is important: employees who work in communal living environments; employees who work with hazardous substances; employees whose work activities may expose them to infection; employees working with individuals who may be vulnerable to infection How responsibilities arise: legal responsibilities, organisational responsibilities, personal/moral responsibilities Who employees have responsibilities to: responsibilities to self, colleagues, employer, clients/customers, visitors What employees are responsible for: taking action to prevent the spread of infection, reporting and recording concerns, following risk assessments, reviewing practice and procedures How responsibilities arise: legal responsibilities, organisational responsibilities, personal/moral responsibilities Who employers have responsibilities to: responsibilities to self, employees, clients/customers, visitors What employers are responsible for: assessing risks, putting procedures in place, ensuring...