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 six months to complete.

The next intake for the programme is September 2021. If you would like to be considered for a place on the degree, please use the Reserve Now button on the right-hand side of the page. In the next 12 months we will check and revise this list of names to confirm everyone's continued willingness to participate. Those individuals who respond to our communications in a timely manner will be prioritised. Otherwise we will organise the list by chronology of submission - the earlier you submit your details, the more likely you will be selected for the next intake. If we receive too many submissions to allocate to one cohort, we will check the list for participants from the same organisation and remove a number of such individuals according to their date of submission.

Course Aim

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.

Who Should Attend

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

Course Details

  • Category: Postgraduate Qualifications
  • Venue: Online Delivery
  • Start date: 24 Sep 2021
  • Duration: Months: 6
  • Provider: University College Cork
  • Skillnet Members Price: €1995.00
  • Unemployed: No
  • Accreditation: QQI
  • Award: Certificate
  • Credits/CEU's: 60
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