Unit 19

Unit 19:

The principles of Infection
Prevention and Control

Unit code:

IC 01

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Unit summary
To introduce the learner to national and local policies in relation to infection
control; to explain employer and employee responsibilities in this area; to
understand how procedures and risk assessment can help minimise the risk
of an outbreak of infection. Learners will also gain an understanding of how
to use PPE correctly and the importance of good personal hygiene.

Assessment requirements
No further guidance has been supplied for this unit.

Assessment methodology
Learners can enter the types of evidence they are presenting for assessment and
the submission date against each assessment criterion. Alternatively, centre
documentation should be used to record this information.

Learning outcomes and assessment criteria

Learning outcomes

Assessment criteria

1. Understand roles and
responsibilities in the prevention
and control of infections


Explain employees’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention
and control of infection

Infection is a major cause of human suffering. Even relatively minor infections can
become more serious, leading to major infection and can, in some cases, lead to
patient death. In addition to patient suffering, infection causes distress to family and
The costs to the health care system of providing care for those with infections are
huge. In addition to concerns over the growing costs to health care, the use of
antibiotics to treat these infections is thought to be contributing towards the problems
surrounding antibiotic resistance.
All employees are responsible for taking action to prevent the spread of infection, in
accordance with legislation and local and organisational policies and procedures.
They also have a personal and moral responsibility, as...