The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is launching the pilot of the RCN Professional development course for infection prevention and control (IPC) in Spring 2018.

With the risk of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) increasing, infection prevention is seen as a key way to slow the growth of AMR. Nurses are in a position to play a key role in reducing the need for antibiotics throughout the health service.

Rose Gallagher, RCN Professional Lead for Infection Prevention and Control, said: ‘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

The module has been designed to support:

  • trainee IPC nurses/practitioners in all care settings
  • surveillance nurses/practitioners
  • newly appointed Directors of Infection Prevention and Control with no IPC experience
  • IPC practitioners who would like to refresh their skills and knowledge
  • health protection practitioners
  • infection prevention leads in independent care settings
  • nurses leading IPC components of NHS provider commissioning bodies

For more information on the objectives of the course and to register your interest, you can visit the RCN website.