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A ‘train the trainers’ approach to infection prevention and control training in pandemic conditions

Haigh, Kathryn A., Liuzzi, Francesca, Irvine, Sharon, Thompson, Alison, Hepworth, Edward, Hoyle, Marie-Claire, Cruise, James, Hine, Paul and Walker, Naomi ORCID: (2023) 'A ‘train the trainers’ approach to infection prevention and control training in pandemic conditions'. Clinical Infection in Practice, Vol 19, e100228.

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The first wave of the SARS-CoV-2 global pandemic in early 2020 required a rapid roll-out of infection prevention and control (IPC) training for healthcare workers (HCW), including use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Education about respiratory droplet and aerosol transmission was of paramount importance to ensure safe working practices and improve confidence.

A joint working group of Infectious Diseases and IPC staff developed a ‘train the trainers’ programme, to be rapidly deployed over a three-week period. This model utilised a snowballing approach, training selected staff with the intention that they would train their teams, facilitating swift cascading of information. Targeted in-
vitations prompted staff from diverse departments of the hospital to attend. Pre- and post-session questionnaires evaluated staff confidence with regard to appropriate PPE use.

The programme trained 130 HCW over a three week period, was well received and led to increased confidence with PPE use amongst staff. Real-time evaluation ensured content could be adapted to the specific needs of HCW involved. We highlight perceived gaps in training despite existing and enhanced training structures.

Provision of face-to-face training in transmission-based precautions, including PPE use, is required to maintain confidence in safe and appropriate IPC amongst hospital staff. We highlight the importance of including non-clinical staff in PPE educational programmes, recognising that these roles are vital for patient care and are frequently patient-facing. We recommend adopting the train the trainers model to facilitate rapid dissemination of education, with interactive multidisciplinary training in future outbreaks to improve HCW confidence and effective IPC

Item Type: Article
Subjects: QW Microbiology and Immunology > Immune Responses > QW 700 Infection. Mechanisms of infection and resistance.
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
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Depositing User: Rachel Dominguez
Date Deposited: 18 May 2023 08:35
Last Modified: 25 May 2023 14:43


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