IPC training course

Advancing Infection Prevention & Control in Clinical Practice – An Infection Prevention and Control Course for Healthcare Staff

Aim of course: To provide a learning environment for healthcare staff to further develop skills and knowledge in the care of patients with infections and the prevention of cross infection to others.

Target audience: Acute and community staff with an interest in infection prevention and control; or an ideal starter course for those wishing to become, or who are already, infection control link workers. Candidates should be either a registered healthcare professional or a healthcare assistant with NVQ lll in Care or similar discipline.

Length and frequency of course: Two full days followed by a single consolidation day approximately four weeks later. It is anticipated that the course will be run five times a year for up to 25 individuals.

Method of delivery: A mixture of lectures, group discussions and department visits. Candidates are required to complete a change project to improve infection control practices in their clinical area. The third day will be spent feeding back their project to the rest of the group, in which the candidate will present a change project initiated within their clinical environment.

Assessment: Candidates are expected to complete a pre and post course knowledge questionnaire, reflective of knowledge prior to course attendance and following course attendance. Candidates will undertake a change project initiated within their clinical environment. This will be presented to the course co-ordinator and group. In addition each student will have the opportunity to formulate an action plan for further development in conjunction with an IPC nurse.

Commitment: Candidates must be able to attend all three days. A tutorial session with an infection control nurse is available for any student who would like one. The student’s manager must be able to support the individual’s attendance and agree the project for completion. This will enable a certificate of attendance to be provided to the candidate.

Prior to commencing the course, students must complete the pre-course questionnaire.

This course is not meant to cover all aspects of infection prevention and control, merely to provide a short course for those wishing to develop their competence as infection control link workers. Further study in infection control can be found at the Universities of Teesside, York and specialist courses at Leeds University and University of Northumbria.

Learning outcomes: On completion of the course, candidates will:

  • Be aware of legislation and national infection control guidance and its integration into clinical activity.
  • Understand the principles of managing infection control risks at trust, ward and department level.
  • Understand basic microbiology and its application to everyday management of infections experienced in hospital and the community setting.
  • Understand the principles of decontamination and be able to apply them to everyday practice in their area of work.
  • Be able to apply the principles of infection control into their practice and support/encourage other healthcare practitioners to follow trust policy and best practice in infection prevention and control.
  • Be able to audit their clinical environment, healthcare interventions and implement changes to practice, thus ensuring patient safety and public confidence.

For more details:

  • Call 01642 854800 (ext 54800)


  • £150 for non-trust staff