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MSc/PG Diploma Healthcare associated Infection Control

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MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare associated Infection Control is designed to provide systematic training in the increasingly important area of the control and prevention of healthcare associated infections.

The programme is administered by the Division of Infection and Immunity. Teaching is provided by members of the following Research Departments and Institutions:

· Research Department of Infection (clinical & academic) · Institute of Child Health

· Eastman Dental Institute · Healthcare Infection Society ·Public Health England (PHE)

· Invited guest speakers · External supervisors

We have collaborative research links within UCL and with institutions throughout the world. In addition the clinical infectious disease interface includes: the University College and Royal Free Hospitals, the Eastman Dental Institute, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Public Health England.

Course flyer (PDF) Please note: this course was previously called 'Healthcare Infection Control' but has now formally been changed to 'Healthcare associated Infection Control'.

Aims of the Programme

The programme aims to enhance the knowledge, skills and experience of individuals working in the field of Infection Prevention and Control via distance and reflective learning, a series of practical sessions and, for the MSc, a research project.

On completion of the programme we anticipate that you will be able to:

· Access, understand and apply published research evidence as applied to the practice of infection prevention and control;

· Develop, evaluate and maintain best practice within the field of infection prevention and control;

· Develop the necessary skills to continue your own professional development.

Why undertake this programme

This programme will provide you with:

· A firm theoretical and practical foundation to the infection control practice including: strategies for infection control isolation precautions, health-care workers and related issues, organisation, roles, responsibilities and resource implications of effective infection control, developing management and communication skills, information technology and infection control.

· An understanding on the role of antimicrobial stewardship in infection control.

· An understanding of health economic aspects of infection prevention and control across the healthcare economy and in resource poor settings.

· An understanding of the regulations and legal requirements associated with notifiable infectious diseases, status of codes of practice and guidelines, as well as laws, preparing clinico-legal documents, appearing in court, Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) and clinical waste disposal.

· A firm theoretical and practical foundation on the use of the microbiological basis and use of the laboratory in the field of infection control.

· An understanding on modes of surveillance and statistical data analysis pertinent to infection control across the healthcare economy.

· An understanding on all matters concerning the decontamination of medical equipment, ventilation and related topics.

Entry requirements

The MSc programme is offered by University College London to graduates with a degree in a scientific, nursing or medical discipline, or with suitable clinical experience.

Specific requirements

First or second class honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in biomedical or life sciences from a recognised university, or an appropriate professional qualification or work experience established by review.

Candidates for the DipHIC/MSc will have an active professional involvement in the control of healthcare associated infections demonstrated by assessment of their curriculum vitae.

It is a prerequisite of the programme that all students have regular access to a personal computer and the Internet and have acquired basic skills in their use.

Please contact the Programme Administrator for further information and required minimum IT specifications.

How the programme is taught

This programme comprises 9 modules (8 for the Diploma) that are taught through week-long courses and the Internet, although there is a strong practical element and the MSc includes a requirement to complete a project based on original research.

Though the majority of the programme is delivered via distance learning, support is offered through a supervisory structure of local and UCL-based tutors.

There are practical courses that cover elements across the spectrum of the syllabus. The practical courses also offer the opportunity to meet other students and teachers on the programme.

Using the UCL virtual learning environment (Moodle) we have created an interactive course which includes:

· Interaction between students on course topics

· A private email link to your personal tutor

· A virtual library, with links to UCL’s wide range of online journals and databases

· Detailed personal feedback on each assignment from a module tutor who is aware of your professional background and priorities

Students will be able to contact mentors and tutors for additional input.

Interaction using Moodle does not occur in ‘real time’ - i.e. students are not required to log on simultaneously. We expect students to log on every few days to check their post-box and view the comments of their tutor and fellow students.

How this programme is taught (2): Supervision & Local Mentors

Supervision is provided by a UCL nominated member of the Programme committee. S/he will act as an Academic tutor and provide: “non-specialist advice” project advice.

In addition, we ask students to identify a person who works in their own department or institution who can act as their local mentor. The mentor should be someone with whom the student is in regular if not daily contact in the context of their normal working environment; for example, Laboratory Manager, Senior BMS or Clinical Scientist, or Consultant Microbiologist. The responsibilities of the Mentor should include: “general facilitation; “ non-specialist technical advice; “possible facilitation” of the student’s project.

Further details of the mentoring role are available in the downloadale document.

Please note: the mentor will need to provide their CV for assessment by the Programme Committee.

Guidelines on Supervision and Local Mentors (WORD, updated 18.3.14)

Compulsory & Optional Modules

This programme comprises 9 modules (8 for the Diploma), which are taught through week long courses and the Internet, although there is a strong practical element and the MSc includes a requirement to complete a project based on original research.

Compulsory Modules

· Foundation Course in Healthcare-associated Infection Control (HIC) including induction (INIMG026).
- This is a non residential course.  Students will be required to attend Public Health England, Colindale, for 5 days. -Course fees are £500 however for UCL MSc/PG Dip students the "module" will cost £250.  UCL will subsidise the remaining balance of £250.
- If you have not registered and paid for the module in UCL, in the same academic year, there is no reduction of fees.
- Please confirm your place on this Foundation course by registering via Sheila Culkin, pay £250 and advise both Sheila Culkin and Sangita Patel that you have registered to study for this module, in this year, at UCL or that it is your intention to do so. 
- If you have attended this course in the last 5 years and have certificate confirmation then you do not need to re-attend/pay for this module again but you still need to register for the module and complete module assignments.  There is no additional fee charged.

· Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention, Control and Organisational Aspects (IMIMG028)

· Antimicrobial resistance and Stewardship in Healthcare Associated Infection Control (INIMG030)

· Decontamination Aspects (including Sterilisation, Disinfection, Cleaning and Engineering) of Healthcare Associated Infection Control (INIMG027)
- This course must be completed in year 2 or above.  Students will be required to attend the Eastwood Park Training Centre, Falfield, for 5 days.
-The fee is £1600 (residential) or £1300 (non-residential). This is in addition to UCL fees for the MSc and diploma in HIC.  Please contact Sheila Culkin, for payment details and advise both Sheila Culkin and Sangita Patel of your intention to study for this module, in this year, at UCL.
- If you have attended this course in the last 5 years and have certificate confirmation then you do not need to re-attend/pay for this module again but you still need to register for the module and complete module assignments.  There is no additional fee charged.


Optional Modules

Select four of the following modules: ((CMMFF010) is compulsory if you wish to do an MSc unless you have previously completed a higher degree or equivalent):

· Health Economics aspects of Healthcare Associated Infection Control (INIMG032 )

· Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Healthcare Associated Infection Control (INIMG033 )

· Laboratory introduction to basic bacteriology (INIMG011): recommended for those without a Microbiology background

· Basic epidemiology (EPIDGS31)

· Surveillance & Epidemiology in Healthcare Associated Infection Control: Systems, Data Analysis & Statistics (INIMG031)

· Experimental design and research methods in medical methodology (compulsory for those undertaking project) (CMMFF010)

· MSc Healthcare Associated Infection Control (HIC) project (INIMG034)

HIC Course Website

The course website is available at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/moodle.

How long is the programme

Completion of the programme will lead to the award of an MSc or Diploma in Healthcare associated Infection Control (DipHIC). It will take a minimum of three years and a maximum of five years to complete for the MSc and a minimum of two years and a maximum of five years for the Diploma.

The programme consists of 9 modules for the MSc and 8 modules for the Diploma. There are 4 compulsory modules for the Diploma (an additional compulsory research methods module for the Msc) and four optional modules.

Programme Fees

Please refer to UCL's Fee schedules in the following link for programme fees for the next session:

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/current-students/money


Please note the fees for the Engineering Aspects of Infection Control are in addition to the UCL fees for the MSc and PG Diploma in HIC if this course has not been completed within the last five years.

Please consult the Healthcare Infection Society [HIS] website for full details (including fees):  http://www.his.org.uk/masters_and_diploma/engineering_aspects_of_infection_control.cfm

How to apply for the programme

Applicants are required to complete TWO forms:

  1. UCL Graduate Application Form (see below)
  2. Supplementary Application Form (see below). 

1. UCL Graduate Application Form

Please click on the Guidelines link for more information on making your application. Guidelines).

2. Supplementary Form

Please complete the Supplementary Form (Form: WORD).

Send your completed supplementary forms to the Programme Administrator at:

Carol Tate
Department of Immunology
UCL Medical School
Rowland Hill Street 
Hampstead 
London NW3 2PF

Email: Carol Tate

Programme Contacts

Programme Director
Dr Susan Hopkins
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7794 0500 ext. 33271
Email: susan.hopkins [at] ucl.ac.uk

Programme Administrator
Email: ii.infection-immunityadmin@ucl.ac.uk

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