The RCN's Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) programme will help you to develop your clinical and leadership skills through a unique course of learning and its application into practice.
The prevention of infection is central to health and wellbeing and the increasing threat of antimicrobial resistance. In human health and care settings the rapid evolution of resistance, particularly to antibiotics, will require nurses and other allied health professionals to adjust their clinical practice to reflect the evolving evidence base and models of service provision.
This innovative programme will prepare participants for current and future challenges to their roles that directly impact on the prevention or management of infection.
About the programme
This programme is open to anyone regardless of RCN membership status.
It has been designed specifically to enable development of clinical and leadership skills in the prevention of infection. It will suit those whose roles contain a focus on the prevention of infection working in the NHS, independent sector and social care organisations at Band 6 and 7 or equivalent.
The course has been developed to support:
- trainee infection prevention and control nurses/practitioners in all care settings
- surveillance nurses/practitioners
- newly appointed directors of infection prevention and control with no IPC experience
- infection prevention and control practitioners who would like to refresh their skills and knowledge
- health protection practitioners
- infection prevention leads in independent care settings, such as nursing homes or GP practices
- nurses leading IPC components of NHS provider commissioning bodies
- ward managers and matrons.
The aim is to critically evaluate the knowledge and evidence underpinning infection control practice and implement local and regional practice change.
On this programme you will
- learn how to lead a service improvement project in your workplace
- learn the most effective way to manage change in your place of work
- experience coaching as a supportive development tool and understand how to coach colleagues.
Using a blended learning approach, the programme will commence with the first of three face-to-face teaching days held at RCN headquarters, in London.
27 November 2018 - 31 May 2019
Taught delivery dates: 27 November 2018, 12 February 2019 and 7 May 2019
23 September 2019 - 14 April 2020
Taught delivery dates: 23 September 2019, 9 December 2019 and 24 March 2020
Cost: £1,250 + VAT*
VAT registered Charities who pay for employees to undertake this module will be able to claim back the VAT.
For more information please read the programme outline.
*Price includes: programme materials, face-to-face tuition on three days, online educational resources, six coaching sessions and portfolio assessment.
For more information please read the programme timetable.