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Training on the prevention and control of infection should form part of the induction programme for all new staff and be included in on-going training programmes.

Induction Training

All healthcare support workers new in post are expected to undertake the Care Certificate as part of their induction.

The Skills for Care care certificate sets out the learning outcomes, competencies and standards of care that will be expected to ensure that the healthcare support worker is caring, compassionate and provides quality care. There are 15 standards in the care certificate and Standard 15 relates specifically to infection prevention and control.

Ongoing Training

The National Skills Academy for Health e-learning programmes, now offer primary care versions of their infection control and prevention (clinical and non-clinical courses). As well as a care certificate programme there are a variety of infection control and prevention courses suitable for care staff working in the social care sector, such as a CQC registered care home or domiciliary care company.

The Leicestershire Social Care Development Group (LSCDG) aims to support workforce development and raise quality within the independent and voluntary sectors across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

The Infection Prevention and Control E-learning Module introduces infection prevention and control within a social care environment and covers; how infections are spread, how to minimise the risk of spreading infection and what ‘standard precautions’ are.

To book onto any LSCDG course an individual account is required. Instructions on how to do this can be found on the LSCDG website.

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust Community Infection Prevention and Control team, have produced a range of educational infection prevention and control resources. This includes, the ‘Preventing Infection Workbook: Guidance for Care Homes 10th Edition’ which is designed for all levels of staff and is evidence based.  

The React To training resources for care homes

React To is a series of training resources specifically designed for care home staff and cover several topics including infection prevention. The React To Infection resources enable care home staff to understand their role in the prevention of influenza and norovirus, through a variety of downloadable resources.

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