Level 3 Certificate: Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) Lead

 Next start date: 5 September 2022   249.00 inc. VAT
 4 months Distance Learning

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level3 ipc lead certificate

Course Overview

The aim of this course is to allow those with a Level 2 Certificate in Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) to further develop their knowledge and skills as an IPC Lead including CQC inspections, leadership and team training.    Course Brochure

This course is an opportunity for you to further develop and maintain your skills and gain enhanced CPD as an IPC lead. Please note, it is not a CQC requirement that you are trained at Level 3 and the DNN Level 2 IPC Lead Certificate meets the required training as specified by the Code of Practice Health and Social Care Act 2008.

Entry Requirements

You must have already completed the DNN Level 2 IPC Lead Certificate. 

 Topics Covered

  • Leadership and Management in Dentistry
  • Introduction to CQC and Your Role as IPC Lead in Inspections
  • Reflective Learning and Identifying Training Needs in Practice
  • Team Training Skills
  • Setting Up a Compliant CSU
  • Audits
  • RIDDOR and COSHH Requirements
  • Management of Epidemics and Pandemics


The major benefits of the course include:

  • Online tutorials;
  • Zoom classes;
  • Downloadable booklet;
  • Unlimited access to learning materials for 4 months;
  • Unlimited tutor support throughout the 4 months;
  • Tutors can be contacted Monday to Saturday, 8am to 8pm;
  • Flexible learning: complete at your leisure within 4 months;
  • Nationwide availability;
  • 15 hours of verifiable CPD;
  • Level 3 Infection Prevention and Control Lead Certificate, awarded upon successful completion.

 Structure and Objectives


  • Assessment A: Complete an audit relating to IPC and implement an action plan
  • Assessment B: COSHH Risk Assessment: You will need to select a product that you use in practice and complete a COSHH Risk Assessment. You will need to include a copy of the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) if one is available. 
  • Assessment C: Complete a reflective journal over the duration of the course to demonstrate students ability to learn from experiences and identify their own skills gaps.

Module 1: Developing the IPC Leadership Role

Unit 1: Leadership and Management in Dentistry

  • Understand the role the IPC Lead has in the leadership and management of the dental practice
  • Understand how to handle conflict relating to IPC in the dental practice

Unit 2: Introduction to CQC and Your Role as IPC Lead in Inspections

  • Know the history of CQC regulation in dentistry
  • Explain the Key Lines of Enquiry
  • Understand the evidence CQC inspectors will be looking for during inspections
  • Explain the role of the IPC Lead during an inspection
  • Be confident in preparing for CQC inspection

Unit 3: Reflective Learning and Identifying Training Needs in Practice

  • Be able to describe the importance of reflective learning
  • Be able to explain the Gibbs Reflective Cycle
  • Be able to demonstrate reflective practice and identify your own training needs
  • Know how to identify the training needs of individuals and the team

Unit 4: Team Training Skills

  • Understand different learning styles
  • Identify potential barriers and understand methods for overcoming them
  • Explain different methods for evaluating learners’ understanding of training sessions 
  • Be able to select appropriate evaluation methods

Module 2: IPC Lead  

Unit 1: Setting Up a Compliant CSU

  • Understand the benefits of having a CSU in practice
  • Explain the flow of instruments and the appropriate layout for a CSU as outlined by HTM0105
  • Explain how you would select appropriate equipment for a CSU as outlined by HTM0105

Unit 2: Audits

  • Know the CQC requirements for audits in the dental practice
  • Explain the benefits of audits on managing the clinical environment
  • Know the steps for planning an audit 
  • Be able to use the results of an audit to identify necessary improvements 
  • Understand how to use audits to ensure changes in behaviours/practices are maintained

Unit 3: Creating Action Plans and Implementing Them

  • Be able to identify required improvements
  • Be able to explain the difference between improvement and implementation
  • Be able to create an action plan to help implement changes in practice
  • Understand how to share an action plan with the dental team 

Unit 4: RIDDOR and COSHH Requirements

  • Be able to explain the RIDDOR and COSHH requirements of a dental practice
  • Explain how the IPC Lead can work to ensure compliance with RIDDOR and COSHH
  • Know how to carry out a Risk Assessment for COSHH

Unit 5: Management of Epidemics and Pandemics

  • Know the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic
  • Understand the importance of having contingency plans for business continuity in dentistry
  • Know where to get relevant information and guidance during a state of emergency 
  • Understand what an SOP is and how to write one
  • Understand the importance of keeping your SOP up to date during a pandemic/epidemic


Varnish App tutorStephanie Carter RDT, RDH

Registered Dental Hygienist and Therapist: 119601

Qualifications: Diploma Dental Hygiene and Therapy, National Certificate Dental Nursing, Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training,  Level 4 National Certificate in Internal Quality Assurance, Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement, NEBDN Certificate Dental Radiography, ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management, Smoking Cessation Counselling Levels 1 and 2, Young Counsellors Certificate

Hilary UrryHilary Urry RDN

Registered Dental Nurse: 139277

Qualifications: Foundation Degree in Advanced Dental Nursing (University of Kent), Certificate Dental Radiography (City University London), Level 3 Assessor, Level 3 Infection Control Trainer


Competency Training: Impression-Taking, Fluoride Varnish Application 





  • Monday 5 September 2022 - Available
  • Monday 7 November 2022 - Available


Payment Plans

We now offer the option to pay over three months. Please be aware, this increases the fee to £264.00 inc. VAT.

Payment due dates: 

  • 5 September 2022 £88.00 (Non-refundable deposit)
  • 5 October 2022 £88.00
  • 5 November 2022 £88.00

We will NOT send reminders of payment due dates. Failure to make payment by the due dates will result in automatic removal from the course.

Please note, your certificate of competence will not be awarded until full payment is made. 

Paying by payment plan? Please use enrolment form HERE.


Please note that discounts are applied to the VAT-exclusive fee: £249.17 Discounts cannot be applied to payment plans.

Multiple applicant discounts

  • Two applicants: 5% discount
  • Three applicants: 10% discount
  • Four or more applicants: 15% discount

Multiple course discounts

  • Two courses: 5% discount
  • Three courses: 10% discount
  • Four or more courses: 15% discount

Please apply by telephone or use the application form here. DNN will send you an invoice.


Please note, you should only request an invoice if your practice is paying for you, therefore requires an invoice.


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