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Our Level 6 CPD units in Nursing Practice for qualified nurses can be taken individually or built up to achieve a BSc award.

BSc Nursing Practice (CPD) / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
Infection Prevention & Control in Clinical Practice (L6)

Unit code NURS9385C
Credit rating 20
Unit level Cont Education/Prof Developmen
Teaching period(s) Variable teaching patterns
Offered by Nursing & Midwifery
Available as a free choice unit? No


Welcome to the Principles of Infection Prevention & Control Course Unit.  We hope you find undertaking this Course Unit both a rewarding and enjoyable experience.  It is acknowledged that the Course Unit is demanding in terms of both its theoretical and practical elements and that the responsibility for learning rests with you, we are however committed to providing a supportive learning environment. 
Nationally 6.4% of hospital in-patients acquire an infection during their admission.  These infections are a major source of avoidable morbidity, mortality and additional resource use. Nurses working within various clinical settings ranging from hospital wards, operating theatres, nursing homes, clinics and patients’ own homes, can prevent the development of an infection and prevent the transmission of an existing one.  Numerous documents including:
Department of Health (2009) The Health and Social Care Act 2008: A code of Practice London: DH
National Audit Office (2009) Reducing Healthcare Associated Infections in Hospitals in England. The Stationery Office. London
advocate that appropriate training in infection prevention & control, in all health care settings, is an essential requirement. 
This Course Unit aims to enhance the course members’ knowledge and skills in relation to infection prevention and control, whilst recognising the research based evidence for infection prevention & control practice in institutional and community / primary care settings.


To provide the opportunity for the development of knowledge and skills in relating to infection prevention and control and to critically analyse research based evidence for infection control practice in institutional and community settings.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate the ability to initiate, obtain, evaluate and apply microbiological knowledge in relation to infection control problems in the clinical arena.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the role of the Infection Prevention and Control Link Nurse

Intellectual skills

  • Critically analyse the research based evidence underpinning infection prevention & control practices.
  • Critically evaluate the contributions of multidisciplinary team members to the prevention and control of infection.
  • Critically evaluate the legal, ethical, social and economic dimensions of infection prevention and control.
  • Critically examine the link between acute and community based infection prevention and control personnel and their effects on each other.

Practical skills

  • Initiate, manage and critically evaluate research based infection prevention and control practice, in line with local policies/guidelines, whilst also acting as a role model to colleagues.
  • Critically appraise and use strategies to communicate effectively with colleagues regarding the delivery of safe practice, in relation to infection prevention and control.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Portfolio 100%

Feedback methods

Students will normally have the opportunity to receive feedback on formative work submitted prior to the summative assessment. Other feedback opportunities will also be available in class and online discussion boards. Online feedback is provided in Grademark. Provisional feedback based on internal marking will be made available prior to the Exam Board on the basis that these marks are yet to be ratified at the Exam Board and therefore may be subject to change. A standard feedback mechanism in Grademark is utilised across all postgraduate programmes within the School which provides detailed and constructive feedback on each component and aspect of assessment and identifies areas of strength and those aspects which could be enhanced.

Student feedback is obtained through open discussion forums on blackboard, in class discussions, via formal University unit evaluation forms and also qualitative, in house evaluations at the end of the unit. 

Recommended reading

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 40
Tutorials 2
Independent study hours
Independent study 158

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Dana Wood Unit coordinator

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