Title Occupational health and infection
Type Stage Two
Code HLS240
Requirement Compulsory

Module objective

By the end of the training period trainees will, recognise and advise on the management of infections which are occupationally related and be able to:

  • analyse, synthesise, evaluate and apply knowledge
  • perform, adapt and master a range of technical and clinical skills and procedures and
  • demonstrate the attitudes and behaviours necessary for professional practice as a consultant clinical scientist dealing with the complexities, uncertainties and tensions of professional practice at this level.

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of the training period the trainee will be able to demonstrate the ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesise relevant knowledge and its application to their professional practice in relation to:

  • the zoonotic infections that may be occupationally acquired
  • the implications of blood-borne viruses (BBVs) for HCWs
  • the management of ‘inoculation incident’ and follow-up for healthcare workers (HCWs), including ethics, screening and counselling
  • local, national and international guidelines and standards in relation to occupational exposure to infection
  • enhanced infection risks for pregnant and immunocompromised healthcare staff, including laboratory staff and strategies to prevent or reduce the risk of infection.

Technical and clinical skills

By the end of the training period the trainee will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of current relevant research, theory and knowledge and its application to the performance, adaptation and mastery of the following technical procedures and laboratory skills to

  • manage ‘inoculation incident’
  • organise the laboratory testing associated with ‘inoculation incident’ and liaise with occupational health.

By the end of the training period the trainee will be able to apply knowledge of occupational health and infection to perform, adapt and master the clinical skills necessary to:

  • recognise clinical symptoms and infections associated with occupationally acquired infectious disease.

Attitudes and behaviours

This module has no attitude and behaviours information.


Code Title Action
HLS2-1-20 Microbiology [v1] View