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Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care Settings

  • Students

    This FREE on-line course provides all health workers with fundamental knowledge of how to control the cause and spread of infection in hospitals and other settings reliant on superior hygiene standards.

    • Develop vitally important skills to prepare you for a role in the sector
    • Understand the concepts of decontamination and waste management – and the consequences of not carrying out these processes
    • Learn about infection prevention and control in a range of healthcare settings and scenarios to help you contextualise your learning
    • Gain industry-relevant knowledge and give your CV a boost

    Each unit contains an assessment to demonstrate your knowledge of each subject area. Once you successfully complete all units you will achieve a Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care Settings.

    Unit 1: The causes and spread of infection

    • How infection is caused
    • How infection can spread
    • The ‘chain of infection’
    • The importance of recognising Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI).

    Unit 2: Principles of personal hygiene and health

    • Personal hygiene at work
    • Handwashing
    • Personal protective equipment.

    Unit 3: Decontamination, cleaning and waste management

    • Maintaining a clean environment
    • Roles and responsibilities in decontamination
    • The decontamination process
    • The sterilisation process
    • Handling laundry
    • Effective waste management
    • Sharps management.

    Unit 4: Principles of infection prevention and control

    • The purpose of infection control
    • Regulations, policy and practice
    • Roles and responsibilities in infection control
    • Risk assessments
    • Principles of infection control procedures.

    Course duration

     13 weeks 

    Recommended study

    10 hours per week

    Study requirements

    No existing qualification required

    What computer software will I need?

    To study online with vision2learn you will require the following:

    • An Internet enabled PC running Microsoft Windows operating system
    • A Web browser (JavaScript and Cookie enabled)
    • An active email account
    • Microsoft Word or a similar word processing software program. (You may need additional software programs for IT courses – please contact us for more information.)
    • Adobe Reader
    • Adobe Flash Player (version 9.0 or higher)

    Supported web browsers

    We currently support the following web browsers.

    • Internet Explorer 11
    • Microsoft Edge *
    • Google Chrome *
    • Mozilla Firefox *

    * Microsoft Edge, Firefox and Chrome follow a continuous release policy. We will support the last 2 major versions of each of these browsers.

    Please ensure that your browser has JavaScript and Cookies enabled as this will be required in order to access our e-learning platform and courses. If you are still unsure, you can visit to check your system meets with our minimum requirements.

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