This course is ideal for those who would like to develop their knowledge of infection control, improve their career prospects, progress to further training or complete the programme as part of their own continuous professional development. To be awarded the Level 2 Award in the Prevention and Control of Infection, learners must successfully complete all 3 mandatory units.
Edexcel‘s BTEC Level 2 Award in the Prevention and Control of Infection (QCF) is designed to provide education and training for those in the health and social care sector who have a responsibility to provide direct and non-direct care services. It covers the principles of infection prevention and control, the causes and spread of infection, cleaning and decontamination and waste management.
Infection control has become an increasingly important factor in the provision of carefor vulnerable individuals. National media has highlighted the effects of substandard provision in some areas of the health and care services, and the need for more efficient control and prevention of infection.This unit aims to introduce learners to national and local policies in relation to infection control and to explain employerand employee responsibilities in this area. In addition, it will help learners 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 the importance of personal hygiene. On completion of this unit, learners will be better equipped to deal with potential hazards and risks to health presented by infections in a variety of work place settings.
Who is qualification suitable for:
This qualification is suitable for anyone who would like to work as health care assistants, health care workers or social care workers with adults or children and young people.
On completion of this unit a learner should:
1. Understand roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of infections
2. Understand legislation and policies relating to the prevention and control of infections
3. Understand systems and procedures relating to the 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 hygiene in the prevention and control of infections.
How will I be assessed?
You will be provided with a online book and resources to cover relevant outcomes within each module. You are required to complete all activities for each unit within the Online work book. There is also a requirement for an observation or witness statement to be completed related to the following working practices:
Effective handwashing techniques
The wearing of Personal Protective Clothing (PPE)
The programme consists of three units with a credit value of 7 credits:
Unit 1 – The principles of infection, prevention and control.
Unit 2 – Cause and spread of infection.
Unit 3 – Cleaning, decontamination and waste management.