A 2 day training course designed to ensure that hospital estates staff, housekeeping, contractors or any other person working on water distribution systems or cleaning water outlets have a basic awareness of water hygiene. This course will give learners an understanding of the need for good hygiene and how they can prevent contamination of the water supply and outlets to ensure patient safety is never compromised.
What you will learn
The Water Safety Group should implement a programme of staff training to ensure that those appointed to carry out control measures, undertake associated monitoring and cleaning of outlets, are appropriately informed, instructed and trained. It is also essential that they have an overall appreciation of the practices affecting water hygiene and safety. They should also be assessed as to their competency.
This course will lay the foundations and cover the required learning objectives for staff to comply with HTM 04:01 Part B 6.27 – 6.30, and on completion of the course learners will be deemed competent.
Course content will include, but is not limited to:
- Organisational governance arrangements in relation to water hygiene including the roles and responsibilities of infection control staff, estates managers, housekeeping and contractors.
- The responsibilities of individuals to prevent the contamination of the water distribution system and water outlets and assisting in ensuring control measures in place are effective.
- The importance of an established water safety plan and the elements of a good water safety plan.
- Familiarisation with policies/procedures in relation to the management and provision of water hygiene and safety.
- The importance of personal hygiene and communicable diseases.
- Housekeeping procedures and why it’s imperative that clinical hand wash cleaning methods are created and followed to reduce bacterial proliferation.
- Contractor and staff clothing, footwear, cleaning equipment/materials and tools.
- How to store and transport materials and tools to be used within the plumbing system of a healthcare setting.
- An understanding of the importance and methods of disinfection and cleaning equipment/materials to be used on the water system.
- How the safety of water can be maintained by good hygiene practices.
- Basic awareness on prominent waterborne pathogens such as legionella, pseudomonas, mycobacteria and their consequences.
- Common ways in which water distribution systems, water outlets, components and any associated equipment can become contaminated through poor hygiene practises.
- An awareness of basic organisation-specific control measures to reduce colonisation of water systems and patient transfer.
- The impact of getting it wrong.
What qualifications will you achieve?
This course incorporates assessment and certification under the awarding body City & Guilds. Upon successful completion, the learner will be issued with a City & Guilds Accredited certificate in Water Hygiene/Competent Person (Healthcare).
How is this training delivered?
This course is primarily delivered in the classroom. Wherever possible we will use local water systems and infection control practises in the classroom to put the course materials in to context.
The qualification is assessed through a written test at the end of the second day.
What do I need to bring with me?
Learners can bring with them any materials used by their own employer, copies of infection control policies, housekeeping procedures or water safety plan elements so that they can see how their materials and responsibilities fit in to the context of the training.