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UPDATE: for no extra cost, we have included our new COVID-19 module to help you fight and prevent the spread of the virus

The Infection Prevention and Control is designed to help you and your business understand how to prevent and control infection and why it is important to do so.

The course begins by teaching the different pathogens that cause infection. It then outlines how infections occur, the factors that can make a person more vulnerable to infection and the steps you can take to prevent infections from occurring. Learn how your own health and hygiene could pose a risk to people that you care and support for and understand the procedures that should be followed to reduce risks when dealing with hazardous spills, waste and linen.

Finally, you will learn about the legal requirements relating to infection prevention and control, and your and other people’s responsibilities.

Areas Covered

Pathogenic microorganisms
Chain of infection
Consequences of infection
Factors that increase the risk of infection
Breaking the chain
Control measures
Health and hygiene
Hand hygiene
Safe handling of waste
Environmental contamination
Employers’ and employees’ responsibilities
What the COVID-19 Module covers:

the differences between a virus and bacteria
how our bodies respond to viruses
what COVID-19 is
how the virus spreads
the symptoms of COVID-19
how we can protect ourselves
where to stay informed
What is Infection Prevention and Control?

Infection Prevention and Control is a practical solution, based on a scientific approach, to prevent the harm caused by infection to both patients and health workers. Infections and infectious diseases are a major cause of illness and death. Infectious diseases can spread. As with all illnesses, prevention is better than cure.

Who is it aimed at?

Any employee or manager working within an environment where there is risk of infection. The course may be particularly useful for healthcare professionals and adult care workers and may be particularly useful for apprentices. The course can be used as a stand-alone module or as part of an induction programme.


No prior knowledge needed.


20 to 40 minutes.

How it works

Our e-learning is available to use on multiple platforms such as tablets, PCs and laptops. All you need is an internet connection. Learners simply log on to the Highfield Learner Management System (LMS) and work their way through the course, along with the scenarios that provide them with real-life context.

Learners are assessed at the end of the course by multiple-choice questions.


Learners will receive a Highfield e-learning completion certificate, which is downloadable upon successfully finishing the course.