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Infection Prevention and Control
Infection Prevention and Control
Infection Prevention and Control
Infection Prevention and Control

Overview - Infection Prevention and Control Course

Infection prevention and control is vital in every healthcare environment. NHS England statistics estimate that around 300,000 patients contract a healthcare-associated infection (HCAI) while staying in hospital in the UK each year.

Contracting a HCAI can make an individual's prognosis much worse, costing the already overstretched health service more in terms of finances and resources, and potentially even threatening a patient's life.

Respiratory, urinary tract and surgical site infections are the most common form of HCAIs, but their risks can be lowered significantly with rigorous infection prevention and control measures, and good hygiene practice.

Why take this course?

All healthcare workers have a part to play in infection prevention and control to safeguard the health of the patients in their care. These measures can be the difference between life and death, so it's vital that infection control training is undertaken.

After completing our Infection Prevention and Control e-learning course, you will be able to:

  • Understand basic microbiology
  • Understand how micro-organisms are spread
  • Understand standard infection control precautions
  • Know the importance of correct hand hygiene technique
  • Be able to describe what MRSA, clostridium difficile (CDI) and norovirus are, and understand their impact in healthcare
  • Know what precautions are necessary to prevent and control HCAIs

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for anyone working within the healthcare sector, from nurses and doctors to paramedics and even administrative staff. Anyone involved in assessing, treating, recording or reporting on infections contracted in a healthcare environment would benefit from taking the module.

Course lesson plan

The Virtual College Infection Prevention and Control course covers the following lesson plan:

  • Welcome and learning objectives
  • Overview
  • Basic microbiology
  • Infection control
  • Handling waste
  • Understanding MRSA
  • Understanding CDI
  • Understanding norovirus
  • You and infection control
  • Summary

Course accreditation

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


Upon completing this e-learning course, you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate, which you can print and keep for your records.

Course duration

Our Infection Prevention and Control course should take around two hours to complete, but this depends entirely on your individual learning speed. As e-learning is self-paced, you can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

How It Works

How it Works

This is an online course which is studied via the Virtual College Learning Management System, Enable. All of the training is taken online. The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can also revisit the training material, even after you have completed the course.

Four easy steps to e-learning

Step 1: Find a course

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Here are some ways you can quickly find the information you need:

  • Search for a course using search box
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Step 2: Buy the course

When you've found the course you want simply click on “Add to basket”. You can then continue shopping or check out and make a secure payment via the PayPal payment screen. This allows you to pay with most popular credit or debit cards or your PayPal account, and receive your receipt by email.

All our payments are dealt with by PayPal; one of the world’s most well-known payment providers – Great Britain’s no 1 preferred online and mobile payment method, so you can be sure that your payment will be safe and secure. Here at Virtual College we never even get to see your credit card details!

Once your purchase has gone through you will be able to continue to a login screen. Enter your name and create a password if prompted. This will log you into our Learning Management System (LMS) where you will be able to take the course or allocate it to other people.

You can purchase more than 10 courses online, however if you wish to purchase more than 10 courses, and you would like to be invoiced in advance, you can e-mail us on or contact our sales team on 01943 885 085.

Step 3: Take the course

For the best possible internet browser experience we recommend you use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11 or Firefox.

You will get a better learner experience if you have sound enabled. Most computers come with built-in speakers, but the narration will generally be written in text on the screen for you to read if you don't have sound turned on.

The course is interactive and you may need to click on parts of the screen before you can advance. This will be obvious as the narration and text will tell you what to do or the links will pulse and flash. The system will remember where you left off and take you back there, but you can go over any part of it as many times as you want to and take as long as you want.

You can write your own notes for the course and print them off or simply store them to access later any time you view your course.

When you get to the end, you will be presented with an assessment to check your understanding. Don't worry; in most cases you can take this assessment three times at no extra cost, and we have policies and procedures in place for adding further attempts.

Step 4: Your certificate

You will be able to print your own certificate at the end of the course.

Some courses also include the option of a high-quality posted certificate, for example our Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene courses.


Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts are available on purchases of 10 or more courses.

If you wish to discuss a large individual order for this course, and/or would like to be invoiced in advance, please call our sales team on 01943 885 085 to make an enquiry.

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