The Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has introduced an effective infection control course for non-clinical staff. The trust explains why it chose an established work-based learning programme
Open College Network Level 2 qualification in Infection Control
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Hospital infections have negative consequences for patients and their families, and for NHS employees and resourcing.
The NHS Plan, published in July 2000, requires NHS organisations to have effective systems in place to tackle hospital-acquired infections to minimise the risk to patients and staff. The plan also outlines a commitment to training and development of staff at all levels.
In August 2001, Robert Fleming, training officer for the former Pinderfields and Pontefract Hospitals NHS Trust, held talks with Protocol Training about introducing an infection control training course for hospital staff. Pinderfields and Pontefract Hospitals NHS Trust has now merged with the acute services section of the former Dewsbury and District Hospitals NHS Trust to become the Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
The discussion stemmed from the work of the trust's non-clinical services training group, made up of representatives from staff, non-clinical services management, HR and training. The group proactively identifies training opportunities for non-clinical staff.
The infection control training provided a good opportunity to co-ordinate the contributions of both clinical and non-clinical colleagues who work on hospital wards. Again, this reflects part of the NHS Plan and its aim of promoting the value of the work of non-clinical staff in hospitals.
Fleming received information about an Open College Network (OCN) Level 2 qualification from Protocol Training. It highlighted the availability of a work-based infection control qualification involving on-the-job training and self-study. A series of discussions and meetings involving the training group, the trust's infection control team and Protocol Training, convinced the hospital to offer the qualification to its staff.
Commenting on the choice of course, Andrew Beane, lead infection control nurse, bas