Disinfection & Decontamination

Infection Control Lead

Contributes 4 hours to your CPD


(or included in your £37.99 yearly subscription)

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Course Details:

This course provides learners with in-depth knowledge in regards to infection control, considering the appropriate actions as an infection control lead. 

You will be presented with a presentation followed by an assessment. If you achieve 80% or more you pass the course and will receive a printable certificate to place in your CPD folder. 

If you do not pass, you will have the opportunity to review the content and take the assessment again when you feel confident.


The aim of this course is to equip the learner with up to date knowledge in all areas of an infection control enabling efficient leadership within the practice.


Learners will be able to:

  • Explain their role and responsibilities as an Infection Control Lead 
  • Identify different causes of infection
  • Recognise the differences between Bacteria, Viruses, Fungi, Spores and Prions
  • Recall the proper use and selection of personal protective equipment 
  • Identify when surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected 
  • Detail procedures for disinfection of impressions, prostheses and orthodontic appliances 
  • Demonstrate the importance of high standards of cleanliness and hygiene
  • Recall all aspects of preventing infection in a clinical environment
  • Identify the differences between best practice and essential quality requirements
  • Demonstrate a full and comprehensive decontamination process
  • List the recommended vaccinations for clinical and non-clinical healthcare workers
  • Detail standards around spillages and the procedure for dealing with a spillage
  • Explain the importance of waste segregation
  • Create and maintain comprehensive validation records
  • Recall the minimum contents of an infection control policy, the local infection control policy or policies and how often they should be reviewed
  • Identify the requirement of auditing and implement accurate record-keeping systems
  • Detail CQC requirements and evidence required during an inspection

Learning Outcomes:

The learner understands:

  • The day to day responsibilities of an infection control lead
  • How the role of the infection control lead benefits both the practice and patients
  • The definition of infection control and the practical steps that can be implemented to stop the spread of infection
  • The chain of infection and six components 
  • When to perform hand hygiene and effective hand hygiene processes
  • All aspects of blood-borne viruses and how to effectively manage injuries effectively
  • How biofilm is formed and how to eliminate
  • The legal requirements for safer sharps 
  • The role of vaccination and types of immunity 
  • What legionella is, and the potential sources of bacteria
  • The health risks associated with legionnaires disease, and those most susceptible
  • The duty of care to ensure that the water supply, storage and distribution services comply with best practice guidance
  • The requirement to undertake a written Legionella risk assessment of their hot and cold water plumbing and DUWLs
  • Staff training requirements 
  • The National Patient Safety Agency colour coding scheme 
  • All aspects of a decontamination process
  • The decontamination processes acceptable under EQR
  • The benefits of different methods of decontamination
  • The appropriate surgery checks an infection control lead should carry out 
  • How to carry out a risk assessment and what an infection control risk assessment must include