Postgraduate Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control

Course Description

LHP Skillnet is delighted to announce that we have partnered with the School of Public Health at University College Cork (UCC) to deliver a brand-new online postgraduate qualification. This qualification is designed specifically for nurses working in the nursing home sector and is subsidised by our government grant-funding.

The School of Public Health at UCC is the largest public health academic unit in the Republic of Ireland, studying the causes of disease and the factors that promote good health, new technologies to promote health and prevent disease, and the best way to deliver health services.

This qualification is delivered online and it takes approximately eight months to complete.


Enrolment for September 2022 is open now and closes on 15th of July.

To register your interest in this progamme, click HERE


AIM

The aim of this course is to equip graduates with the knowledge to support them in the coordination and management of infection prevention and control service in the clinical setting.


LEARNING OUTCOMES

1.    Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and practice of infection prevention and control, with particular reference to the nursing home environment.

2.    Demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate management of infections caused by different pathogenic microorganisms.

3.    Investigate the transmission of endemic and epidemic infections from sufficient knowledge of the characteristics and transmission of causative organisms.

4.    Select appropriate methods for control of hospital and community acquired infectious diseases and infections, with particular reference to a nursing home environment.

5.    Discuss the principles of microbiology in the prevention and control of infection.

6.    Design, implement and evaluate co-ordinated infection control methods utilising tools such as audit and surveillance, working within the context of the current regulatory framework for nursing homes in Ireland.

7.    Discuss management and leadership theories and practices applicable to infection prevention and control



CONTENT

The Postgraduate Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control is comprised of the following four modules.

1. Principles and Clinical Practices of Infection Control (10 Credits)
This module will introduce the student to the core concepts and application of infection prevention and control.

2. Principles of Microbiology (5 credits)This module will instil in the student a strong scientific understanding of the nature of microorganisms including bacteria, viruses, fungi, protoza and helminths. It will introduce the concepts of microbial growth, entry and pathogenesis, leading to an understanding of transmission epidemiology and the control of infectious diseases.

3. Infection Prevention and Control Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (5 credits)
This module will establish what quality improvement is and what it entails in the healthcare setting. The student will be instructed in the principles of quality improvement, the identification of areas for quality improvement in infection prevention and control, and the application of quality improvement techniques to improve patient outcomes.

4. Leadership and Management of Infection Prevention and Control (10 credits)
This module will expose healthcare professionals to the concepts and knowledge involved in leading and managing infection prevention and control programmes. It will asses the relationship between leadership skills and abilities, and the challenges nursing home managers, leaders and organisations face as they deal with internal and external pressures when implementing IPC strategies.


DELIVERY

This qualification will be delivered online via virtual classrooms. The start date is approximately the 19th of September.


ASSESSMENT

Students will be assessed per module by continuous assessment. 



WHO SHOULD ATTEND


This postgraduate qualification has been designed for nurses working in the nursing home sector.


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must possess an NFQ level 8 degree in a relevant subject area (minimum 2H2). Relevant subject areas are biological sciences, nursing, medical and health sciences, public health and social sciences.

Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) applies to qualified nurses and midwives without a primary degree who are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. These candidates are eligible to participate in this programme.

Note: In some circumstances, applicants without a primary degree or applicants without a relevant primary degree may be recommended for entry to the programme following a review of their individual qualifications and experience under Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) by
the course committee. Such applicants may be called for interview and their admission will be subject to the approval of the School of Public Health's Executive Committee.

Applicants must also meet the language requirements. If your native language is not English and you do not have a recent English Language proficiency test completed, you may be asked to deliver a combination of the following:

A.    A letter from your employer confirming that you have a minimum of 2 years of clinical professional practice.
B.    A piece of written work, of approximately 500 words.
C.    An interview in person or videoconference.
D.    Evidence of having completed an undergraduate or postgraduate programme from an English-speaking institution.


CERTIFICATION

Successful students will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control (Level 9) from University College Cork.


FEES

Enrolment ends on 15th of July 2022. The first instalment is €1000 and is due by the same date. The second instalment is €995 and is due on the 31st of January 2023.


To register your interest in this progamme, click HERE


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Course Details

  • Category: Postgraduate Qualifications
  • Venue: Online Delivery
  • Start date: 19 Sep 2022
  • Provider: University College Cork
  • LHP Skillnet Member Price: €1995.00
  • Non-Members Price: €2850.00
  • Unemployed: No
  • Accreditation: QQI
  • Award: Certificate
  • Credits/CEU's: 60
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Course Description

LHP Skillnet is delighted to announce that we have partnered with the School of Public Health at University College Cork (UCC) to deliver a brand-new online postgraduate qualification. This qualification is designed specifically for nurses working in the nursing home sector and is subsidised by our government grant-funding.

The School of Public Health at UCC is the largest public health academic unit in the Republic of Ireland, studying the causes of disease and the factors that promote good health, new technologies to promote health and prevent disease, and the best way to deliver health services.

This qualification is delivered online and it takes approximately eight months to complete.


Enrolment for September 2022 is open now and closes on 15th of July.

To register your interest in this progamme, click HERE


AIM

The aim of this course is to equip graduates with the knowledge to support them in the coordination and management of infection prevention and control service in the clinical setting.


LEARNING OUTCOMES

1.    Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and practice of infection prevention and control, with particular reference to the nursing home environment.

2.    Demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate management of infections caused by different pathogenic microorganisms.

3.    Investigate the transmission of endemic and epidemic infections from sufficient knowledge of the characteristics and transmission of causative organisms.

4.    Select appropriate methods for control of hospital and community acquired infectious diseases and infections, with particular reference to a nursing home environment.

5.    Discuss the principles of microbiology in the prevention and control of infection.

6.    Design, implement and evaluate co-ordinated infection control methods utilising tools such as audit and surveillance, working within the context of the current regulatory framework for nursing homes in Ireland.

7.    Discuss management and leadership theories and practices applicable to infection prevention and control



CONTENT

The Postgraduate Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control is comprised of the following four modules.

1. Principles and Clinical Practices of Infection Control (10 Credits)
This module will introduce the student to the core concepts and application of infection prevention and control.

2. Principles of Microbiology (5 credits)This module will instil in the student a strong scientific understanding of the nature of microorganisms including bacteria, viruses, fungi, protoza and helminths. It will introduce the concepts of microbial growth, entry and pathogenesis, leading to an understanding of transmission epidemiology and the control of infectious diseases.

3. Infection Prevention and Control Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (5 credits)
This module will establish what quality improvement is and what it entails in the healthcare setting. The student will be instructed in the principles of quality improvement, the identification of areas for quality improvement in infection prevention and control, and the application of quality improvement techniques to improve patient outcomes.

4. Leadership and Management of Infection Prevention and Control (10 credits)
This module will expose healthcare professionals to the concepts and knowledge involved in leading and managing infection prevention and control programmes. It will asses the relationship between leadership skills and abilities, and the challenges nursing home managers, leaders and organisations face as they deal with internal and external pressures when implementing IPC strategies.


DELIVERY

This qualification will be delivered online via virtual classrooms. The start date is approximately the 19th of September.


ASSESSMENT

Students will be assessed per module by continuous assessment. 



WHO SHOULD ATTEND


This postgraduate qualification has been designed for nurses working in the nursing home sector.


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must possess an NFQ level 8 degree in a relevant subject area (minimum 2H2). Relevant subject areas are biological sciences, nursing, medical and health sciences, public health and social sciences.

Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) applies to qualified nurses and midwives without a primary degree who are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. These candidates are eligible to participate in this programme.

Note: In some circumstances, applicants without a primary degree or applicants without a relevant primary degree may be recommended for entry to the programme following a review of their individual qualifications and experience under Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) by
the course committee. Such applicants may be called for interview and their admission will be subject to the approval of the School of Public Health's Executive Committee.

Applicants must also meet the language requirements. If your native language is not English and you do not have a recent English Language proficiency test completed, you may be asked to deliver a combination of the following:

A.    A letter from your employer confirming that you have a minimum of 2 years of clinical professional practice.
B.    A piece of written work, of approximately 500 words.
C.    An interview in person or videoconference.
D.    Evidence of having completed an undergraduate or postgraduate programme from an English-speaking institution.


CERTIFICATION

Successful students will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control (Level 9) from University College Cork.


FEES

Enrolment ends on 15th of July 2022. The first instalment is €1000 and is due by the same date. The second instalment is €995 and is due on the 31st of January 2023.


To register your interest in this progamme, click HERE


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