Unit 9: Infection Prevention and Control
Unit type: Internal
Guided learning hours: 60
Unit in brief
Learners explore the causes and transmission of infections and the procedures that workers in health and social care settings follow to prevent and control infection.
As a health and social care worker you will need to minimise the possible transmission of infection to your service users and fellow service providers. People using health and social care services are often vulnerable and service providers need to ensure that they do not have their health status compromised further when using these services.
In this unit, you will develop an understanding of the causes and transmission of infections and how they can be prevented and controlled. You will carry out procedures to prevent infection in health and social care settings. You will develop knowledge of the relevant legislation, policies and procedures that apply to health and social care settings. You will investigate the roles and responsibilities of employees and organisations in preventing and controlling the transmission of infection.
A comprehensive understanding of all aspects of infection prevention and control underpins many roles in the health and social care sector. It is particularly important for workers such as support workers in care homes and healthcare assistants or clinical support workers in health settings, who are responsible for minimising spread of infection. Health and social care employers need to ensure that all their workers use up-to-date procedures to help minimise infection.
In this unit you will:
A Understand the causes of infections and transmission of infection
B Explore how to prevent and control the transmission of infection in health and social care settings
C Investigate the roles and responsibilities of health and social care organisations and workers in preventing and controlling infections.