Education and learning on infection prevention and control

The RCN is committed to supporting members professional and personal education. This page contains information and suggestions for education relevant to infection prevention and control, both internal and external to the RCN.

What type of education?

Education and learning on infection prevention can occur in many forms, both formal and informal. The RCN has recently issued guidance on Information and learning resources for health care staff (PDF 397KB) [see how to access PDF files] which is available to download from the IPC publications page. This includes guidance on where to find information on study days, conferences, courses and e-learning.

Information on formal courses relevant to infection prevention and control can be found by accessing the courses tab on the left.

Learning support resources


The RCN has utilised a number of learning resources as part of its activity including meetings and conferences. A number of popular videos have been used to support key messages on infection prevention and can be accessed here. Our thanks to Prof Walter Popp and Dr Pierre Parneix.

Hand hygiene

Other infection prevention videos

Educational games 4 all 

The City eHealth Research Centre (CeRC) at City University London developed two educational computer games for Global handwashing day 2010 to improve young people’s understanding of the importance of hand hygiene in a fun and interactive way. Educational games for all is available through the National Electronic Library of Infection website.


The e-Bug website allows you to play games and learn all about micro-organisms, hygiene and antibiotic use. It is aimed at children in two age groups – junior and senior students – but also provides a useful training tool.