CPD in Medical Device Decontamination
Classroom - Daytime, Distance
School of Biological Sciences
Health and Welfare
Ms Kathy KeoghEmail Phone
School of Biological Sciences
The CPD Certificate in Medical Device Decontamination is a 12 week part-time programme designed in conjunction with Healthcare Professionals and the Medtech Industry to provide a framework for the continuing education training requirements of all healthcare professionals and Industry specialists with responsibility for the safe decontamination of medical devices. The programme content is designed to provide students with expert training in the cleaning, disinfection, sterilisation processes and infection control strategies employed in the safe decontamination of Reusable Invasive Medical Devices. To maximise the impact of this programme on career development, job readiness skills such as scientific writing, personal development portfolio and professional communication are all integral components of the programme.
This level 7 programme was explicitly designed for decontamination healthcare workers and Industry specialists to upskill to meet the standards of best practice. The programme will also fulfill the needs of workers currently unemployed, or those returning to work, to re-skill in the rapidly developing field of decontamination science, as they transition back into the workforce.
This programme is designed to provide practitioners with the knowledge and skills required for the delivery of a quality, medical device decontamination service in Ireland. The objectives of the programme are to provide graduates with:
• a framework for professional development in the theory and practice of safe decontamination of medical devices
• the skills to undertake safe decontamination, routine monitoring and quality control procedures in compliance with current legislation and best professional practice
• an awareness of the regulatory requirements for medical device decontamination
• a foundation in the microbiological principles that underlie the growth, transmission, control and monitoring of microbial pathogens in the healthcare environment
• the skills to plan and manage their personal development, career progression and participation in the workforce.
This CPD Certificate programme is open to medical device practitioners with a minimum of level 6 qualifications in relevant fields of
• Decontamination Science- including Contamination Control, Sterile Services, Medical Device Decontamination
• Acute and Primary Healthcare- including nursing and dental practice and
• Clinical and medical engineering.
Applications from candidates who do not have an appropriate level 6 qualification but with suitable qualifications in related healthcare/industry sectors or those with three years experience in decontamination practice will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Applicants who are returning to work or who are seeking employment will be assessed based on previous experience. Priority will be given to those with relevant experience in clinical decontamination.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will be adjudicated in accordance with DIT's policy which includes presentation of a portfolio of work and/or interview.
Further information is available at www.dit.ie/academicaffairsandregistrar/recognitionofpriorlearning/
Re-usable invasive medical devices (RMID) are a cornerstone of modern medical practice, supporting diagnostics, surgery and therapy. In recent years, the RIMD industry has undergone immense transformation following widespread use of high speed handpieces, complex endoscopes and robotic surgical instruments. These instruments offer tremendous advantage to patients in terms of simplified surgeries and quicker post-operative recovery. The safe use of these increasingly sophisticated and expensive medical devices requires that they are fully decontaminated before reuse. Effective decontamination of RMID is an essential component in the prevention of healthcare-associated infection and a required standard of patient care, for elective and acute procedures, in all healthcare settings.
Education and training in safe decontamination is a prerequisite for all levels of decontamination staff from acute Sterile Service Units to Endoscopy suites and Dental practice. This workforce not only encompasses a wide range of healthcare staff from Healthcare assistants, to Sterile services technicians, CM1 Nurses, Endoscopy Nurses, Decontamination Managers, Dentists, Dental Nurses and Hygienists but also includes field specialists, registered test persons and clinical engineers responsible for the design and validation of medical device instruments.
The programme is comprised of two modules; Medical Device Decontamination (10 ECTS) and Employability Skills (5 ECTS).
The Medical Device Decontamination module is designed to provide practice-based education in the cleaning, disinfection and sterilisation processes employed in the decontamination of re-usable medical devices and medical instrumentation. The module incorporates key concepts in the standards of practice and validation processes required to deliver a quality decontamination service. The microbiological principles that underlie device-associated infection, infection control and microbial monitoring in decontamination are also addressed. A guiding philosophy in the design of this CPD module is to integrate tuition in the theory and practice of medical device decontamination. Lectures in the principles and processes of medical device decontamination will be supported by practice-based tuition in a dedicated decontamination workspace designed to reflect a functional sterilisation unit.
This Employability module will introduce learners with the skills to plan and manage their personal and professional development, whether returning to work, seeking new employment or hoping for career progression in the rapidly expanding medical device decontamination workforce. The module will focus on key job readiness skills including CV preparation, interview planning and the use of professional network sites to build a personal development portfolio. The module also provides the learner with tools for effective communication in professional environments.
The CPD programme was developed in conjunction with the Professional bodies including the Irish Decontamination Institute, Health Products Regulatory Authority, Irish Dental Association and Irish Dental Nurse Association and industry leaders in Medical Devices and Clinical Decontamination including Miele Professional and Wassenburg Medical. The programme is also supported by clinical sterilisation managers and employers in public and private healthcare practice across the country.
The School of Biological Sciences and the DIT has been long recognised as a centre of excellence for the training of Allied Health Professionals. The School offers a suite of MSc, BSc and CPD health science programmes developed in response to national health education needs. Since 2016, the School has produced up to 20 graduates annually on a Level 7 (10 ECTS), DIT validated, CPD programme in Medical Device Decontamination.
This CPD programme in Medical Device Decontamiantion is designed to provide expert training in the cleaning, disinfection, terminal sterilisation and standards of practice and validation employed in the safe decontamination of re-usable medical devices. To support this practice-based tuition, the programme includes key concepts in the microbiological principles that underlie microbial transmission, device-related infection and infection control in the healthcare environment. Employability skills including scientific writing, personal development portfolio and professional communication are integrated into the programme to promote career progression and employment opportunities in the Irish jobs market.
A key design feature of this programme was the development of a dedicated decontamination laboratory, designed to reflect the working practice of a functional sterilization unit in the healthcare environment. This customised educational environment facilitates supervised hands-on training by discipline experts and was awarded the Education Laboratory of the Year in the Irish Laboratory Awards 2018. In the three years since running the CPD in Medical Device Decontamination, graduates have commended the ‘hands-on’ approach of the learning environment and have reported that the programme ‘provided a safe platform to return to education’ . Sterilisation managers and Medtech employers have confirmed that this CPD programme and dedicated MDD workspace is essential ‘to educate and inform evidence-based practice in Decontamination units, in acute and primary healthcare’.
The Medical Device Decontamination programme offers students a ‘real-life’ practice-informed learning experience to promote both personal and professional development. Following completion of the programme, decontamination practitioners have advanced to Sterilisation Managers and Decontamination Lead positions in health and dental care practice. Other graduates have extended the scope of their decontamination role through engagement in Quality Systems, Infection control teams and Decontamination Committees in healthcare practice.
For those returning to work or seeking new job prospects, successful completion of this CPD programme would provide a suitable foundation qualification for pursuit of employment opportunities in the rapidly expanding medical device decontamination workforce.
The CPD in Medical Device Decontamination is scheduled to commence in January 2019.
Face to face teaching is typically delivered one day per week, finishing by 5.00pm, for one 12-week block.
Programme material and employability skills resources will be available through the use of WebCourses (DIT's E-learning platform) and online resources from the DIT Career Development Centre.
Students are expected to undertake online learning activities and background reading to supplement programme material. Commitment to self-directed learning requirements is essential for successful completion of the programme. Access to computer facilities and the internet are required to complete the programme.
School of Biological Sciences,Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin Street Campus, Dublin 8.
The Medical Device Decontamination module will be delivery by college-based learning. Lectures in the principles and processes of medical device decontamination will be supported by practice-based tuition in a dedicated decontamination workspace designed to reflect a functional sterilisation unit. Microbiology lectures in device-associated infection and laboratory sessions in microbial growth, control, transmission and monitoring will be delivered in a timeline that underpins teaching in the decontamination programme.
The Employability module will be delivered using a mix of college-based workshops and peer learning sessions to introduce students to key job readiness and communication skills. This face to face contact will be supplemented with E-learning tools and online resources from the DIT Career Development Centre.
Ms Lorraine EganAddress
Admissions Office, Dublin Institute of Technology, RD002, Rathdown House, Grangegorman, Dublin 7Phone
Applications for this programme are processed through Springboard at www.springboardcourses.ie.
In addition to the Springboard online application form it is essential to upload electronic copies of the following documents onto the Springboard website
1. Up-to-date CV with a
• Detailed review of all academic qualifications
• Detailed review of all work experience and
• Short personal statement detailing your interest in Decontamination practice.
2. Transcript of academic qualifications and any other relevant Certificates or Awards from completed training programmes
Applicants who do not provide this documentation cannot be considered.
Candidates may be called for interview as part of the selection process.
Medical Device Decontamination Education Laboratory of the year 2018