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RCN unveils new infection prevention course

17 Nov 2017

The innovative new course, to be piloted in spring next year, will offer nurses working in infection prevention and control the skills to lead the fight against antimicrobial resistance.

RCN Infection Prevention and Control course

The RCN Professional Development Course for Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) is an introductory module designed for those whose role contains a focus on the prevention of infection working in the NHS, independent and social care sectors. 

With antimicrobial resistance increasing globally, nurses play a key role in reducing the need for antibiotics and combatting this threat in all care settings.

This new course will prepare nurses for the current and future challenges to their work and help them to develop clinical and leadership skills in the prevention of infection.

Rose Gallagher, RCN Professional Lead for Infection Prevention and Control, said: “The UK is leading the fight against antimicrobial resistance and the prevention of infection. Antibiotic resistance is a very real risk whereby simple infections are prolonged or become untreatable. 

“Nurses have paved the way as clinical leaders in the prevention and management of infection and this course is responding to their current and future training needs. It will focus on practical work-based learning to redefine the standard for skills and practice in this area. It is important to develop specialist nurses that can adapt to changes in clinical practice and service provision in line with changes to health systems. 

“The role of IPC nurses is constantly evolving and this course will help direct improvements to combat the rising threat of antimicrobial resistance in all settings.”


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