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Local Decontamination of Re-usable Instruments 

The Higher National (HN) Unit in Local Decontamination of Re-usable Instruments at SCQF level 8 is suitable for individuals who undertake decontamination activities or supervise decontamination activity within their workplace. This unit will enable candidates to develop the knowledge and skills required to recognise the importance of decontamination in preventing the spread of infection. It will also enable candidates to apply their knowledge and skills to ensure reusable instruments are safely and effectively decontaminated in accordance with national guidance for local decontamination 

Entry Requirements:  

In order to apply to undertake the programme, applicants must:  

  • Be working as a dental nurse or an LDU operative working in a Local Decontamination Unit in a dental setting, in order to access the relevant practical experience to meet the assessment requirements of this qualification 

  • Be able to attend every study session and complete all requirements of this qualification within the duration of the programme 

  • Have the support of their workplace to undertake this qualification 

Course Timetable: 

This programme will be delivered in an online format 

4 study sessions from 9.00 am – 12.30 pm. 

Attendance at all study days is mandatory.  

You will be provided with instructions to access the online sessions 

Course Fees:  

£65.00 along with a current Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) registration fee of £13.00 

How To Book: 

Log on to NES Portal (www.portal@nes.scot.nhs.uk) and search for -  

Local Decontamination of Re-usable Instruments 

Book and pay via the Dental Portal to confirm a place on the course 

Scottish Infection Prevention & Control Education Pathway (SIPCEP)

The Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway is a staged pathway of infection prevention and control education available to all Scottish health and social care staff and students.  The purpose of the pathway is to enable staff to continuously improve their knowledge and skills around infection prevention and control as part of their role. It comprises of 3 layers:

  • Foundation - Underpins knowledge and core behaviour linked to Standard Infection Control precautions (SICPs).  This layer is suitable for all dental staff and may be useful to include in the programme of induction for new staff
  • Intermediate - Application of ‘knowledge into practice’. This layer has specific modules which may be relevant to interested dental staff e.g. Decontamination, Quality Improvement
  • Improvement - Aimed at those who wish to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the principles of infection prevention and control (IPC). This layer is suitable for advanced practitioners in IPC
HN Unit: Decontamination of Reusable Instruments

This Unit will enable all candidates to develop the knowledge and skills required to recognise the importance of decontamination in preventing the spread of infection.

It is suitable for staff undertaking decontamination activities or those supervising decontamination activity within their workplace. It is relevant for those with the SVQ/PDA in Dental Nursing or the PDA in Oral Health Care: Dental Managers or LDU Operators to allow them to build on their existing knowledge of decontamination.

Candidates will be required to demonstrate their knowledge and skills to ensure reusable instruments are safely and effectively decontaminated in accordance with national guidance for local decontamination.

Outcomes

On successful completion of the Unit participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of decontamination in preventing the spread of infection.
  2. Explain the principles and elements in the decontamination life cycle of re-usable instruments.
  3. Explain the requirements for compliance in relation to current local decontamination guidance.
  4. Process instruments successfully through the key stages of local decontamination.

Course Delivery

The course is delivered at NES Centres across Scotland and comprises of 2 days theory followed by a half-day assessed practical demonstration using either the Centre’s LDU or the LDU facilities at the candidate’s workplace

Unit assessment

Outcomes 1 & 2 are assessed through completion of open book questions.

Outcomes 2 & 3 are assessed through completion of LDU review, action plan and completion of report for candidates own LDU facility.

Outcome 4 is assessed by the candidate undertaking a practical demonstration instrument decontamination.

Please visit the NES Portal for further information on course venues, dates and costs.