Healthcare Outbreak Management CPD Award

What is special about this course?

As evidenced by recent healthcare outbreaks, being able to critically appraise, analyse and interpret data is critical to the management of outbreaks and reducing the risk of re-occurrence. 

This CPD Award Healthcare Outbreak Management module will equip you to critically analyse situation-background-assessment-reports, epidemic curves, and line listings, and identify possible errors when presenting data. By critically reviewing a current outbreak, you will examine active failures and defences, categories of organisation and culture, current conditions of work, and the legislative framework. The module draws on the Scottish National Infection Prevention and Control Manual and will equip you with the skills to identify system changes to reduce the risk of outbreaks occurring.

Who should apply?

  • NHS staff currently on bands 5 and 6 of the NHS Career Framework Ladder working in Infection Prevention and Control roles
  • Healthcare professionals working in roles associated with the control of infection who wish to acquire a better understanding of the healthcare outbreak process in order to influence system change

For more details or informal discussion about the module please contact:

Special features

  • Fully online delivery gives flexible access to study and can therefore fit around work and personal commitments.

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 Degree in a relevant healthcare subject and at least 3 years professional experience in a related field OR
  • Evidence of study at SCQF level 10 in a healthcare subject and employment in related field

Recognised European or international equivalent qualifications are considered. If English is not your first language, you must have evidence of your English language skills.All non-UK students must have one of the three options below: 

  • IELTS at 6.5 or above, taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course
  • TOEFL at 90-100, taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course
  • Cambridge English Qualifications: C2 Proficiency


CPD Award

The module will cover:

  • The outbreak process
  • The HPS Hospital Outbreak Process
  • Legal framework and legislation under which outbreak management works
  • When to use control measures
  • Outbreak recognition and data presentation
  • Why outbreaks happen
  • How investigators err during an outbreak
  • Influenza / respiratory virus outbreaks
  • Epi curves
  • Line listing    
  • Possible errors when presenting data
  • Outbreak tools and communication
  • What’s in place to detect outbreaks – evaluation of these
  • Scoping outbreaks 
  • Who needs to know and when
  • Internal and external
  • Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendations (SBARs)
  • Norovirus outbreaks
  • Influenza / respiratory virus outbreaks including Covid 19
  • Gram negative bacteria: carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae CPE/CRO
  • Group A Strep outbreaks and single unusual pathogens
  • Reducing the risk of recurrence, report outbreak
  • Outbreak settings where the mode of transmission is initially unknown

How will I study my course?

  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will have regular tutorials, in addition to online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors.

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (unstructured): 14 weeks @ approximately 14 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI - this fully online course can be studied from anywhere in the world. You will be enrolled and supported by staff at Inverness College UHI

Start date

  • September


For information on costs of this course please contact the college at which you wish to study.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to supplement this CPD Award with further modules from the MSc Infection Prevention and Control Programme, to complete a Post Graduate Certificate or Diploma.

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Apply for Healthcare Outbreak Management CPD Award

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2021

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