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Kicking off 2017 with a bang, we’ve teamed up with ONCORE Online Learning again to launch another run of our successfull online learning module, devised to help staff beat the superbugs and implement rigorous, tailored infection controls in practice.

The three week virtual learning course, entitled “Practical Infection Control”, is the most recent addition to a range of educational tools from BMF, including best practice guidelines and an online “self-audit” practice room checklist.

The charity approached ONCORE about creating a formal education course last year, in light of the revisions to the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme (PSS). As a result, the course enables participants to meet the new PSS infection control criteria, as well as echoing the college’s proposals for outcome-based, interactive and reflective CPD.

Practical Infection Control is delivered online as a fully tutored course, and students will have access to ONCORE’s dedicated virtual learning environment which will host a lecture, learning materials and discussion forums.

Course materials and ongoing tutor support and assessment will be provided by expert VN lecturer and BMF advisor Louise O’Dwyer. From participation in the course students will be able to create and implement their own tailored infection control standard operating procedures for their practice, which will be evaluated by Louise.

Practical Infection Control costs £129 and counts for eight hours of documented CPD, with £20 going to BMF for every delegate, to help the charity continue to fund veterinary education and 24/7 support for pet owners seeking advice on antimicrobial resistant infections.

RVN Kersty Ellis completed Practical Infection Control last year.

Encouraging others to sign up, she said: “Infection control is a huge aspect of the work of any RVN and Louise prompts you to really think about why we do some things.

“After the course I feel I can critically evaluate practice protocols to ensure they are relevant and effective, and am confident to change them if necessary. I highly recommend this course to all working in a clinical setting.”

Jill Macdonald, RVN and founder of ONCORE Online Learning, said: “The course creates a real ‘community’ of like-minded people keen to better infection control in their practices, and to be able to share issues and help each other find the answers is such a valuable asset.

“The flexibility of the course allows participants to discuss any aspect of infection control they find challenging, interesting or pertinent – they are not constrained to a fixed syllabus. Louise does a wonderful job of leading participants to the answers to their questions.

“The fact that participants come out of the course with their own first protocol for practice, that they receive valuable feedback on from expert Louise, empowers them to go on and apply the same principles to other areas in their clinics. It’s a great springboard!”

To find out more and register for Practical Infection Control, please visit: http://www.oncoreepd.co.uk/

To find out more about BMF and how you can get involved with supporting the charity’s vital work, please log on to www.thebellamossfoundation.com

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