Course Profile

Course Profile: Communicable Diseases and Infection Control (1 Day)
The course will focus on providing practical information on a number of communicable diseases and general requirements under the COSHH Regulations. This information will then be used to develop effective strategies of good working practice for dealing with both bodily fluids and working with chemicals. The course will reflect the organisation’s Health & Safety policies.
The course is informed by and provides some underpinning knowledge for
NHS KSF: Core 3.2
CIS: 8.6, 8.7
QCF: HSC027, IC01, IC02, IC03
The course is designed for staff working in diverse roles and settings.

The course will assist the organisation to deliver CQC Outcome 8.
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

• Reportable diseases under RIDDOR 1995
• Details of The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1999 (COSHH)
• The organisation’s infection control policy
• Confidentiality issues:
         - What needs to remain confidential and what can not
         - What is meant by ‘on a need to know basis’
• Why safe practice needs to be applied at all times
• The causes of infection
• The transmission of infection, with particular reference to:
         - HIV -Hepatitis A, B, C -M.R.S.A -TB
• What immunisation and treatment is available
• What is involved in Universal Precautions including correct hand washing procedures
• What actions the participant can take to limit the risk to themselves and the spread of infection to others within the
• How to deal with sharps
• How to deal with needle stick injuries
• The basic requirements under the COSHH Regulations- including:
        - identifying hazardous substances and materials
        - working practices relating to the safe use, storage and disposal of chemicals
        - appropriate methods for dealing with waste and spillage
• Details of what personal protective clothing is required and how to use it correctly
• How to dispose of waste safely
Training methods utilised include Discussion, PowerPoint, Large group work, Small group work, Practical exercises, Handouts, Tutor presentations