Word limit: 3000 words +/- 10%
A critical evaluation of an infection prevention and control practice, procedure, or policy
Critically examine an infection control practice , procedure or policy in your work area.
Synthesising your infection control knowledge, safety and cost effectiveness & where appropriate, the need to respect cultural values -
Make recommendations to improve practice.
Describe how you will implement and evaluate these changes and take appropriate action
Please note if you are currently not employed, answer this question in relation to your usual place of work/interest or your specialisation. The purpose of this is to develop your ability from novice to advanced in the management of infection prevention and control specific to your professional practice.
Now watch this webinar explains the essay in some more detail
As you will have seen in the previous webinar, using the following structure , is a requirement and will enable you to address the requirements of the essay, and ensure you attend to each aspect of a critical evaluation which is what the essay requires.
Provides a clear overview of why the improvement project was needed that conveys to the reader the direction the assignment will take.
BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT
The aim/rationale of project are clearly described. This section mounts a convincing argument for the intervention. Initial audit/observation against a known standard, guidance or the literature Includes detail of the staffing and resources, project team, history of current practices and workplace readiness for this improvement is discussed.
The improvement strategy (intervention) is explained. Discussion and analysis of stakeholders, engagement, implementation strategy for the intervention, analysis of barriers and obstacles and communication strategies are outlined and justified
Demonstrates understanding of how the intervention is/was evaluated or measured, includes discussion of evaluation method, clearly identifying what the intervention is being measured against. Evaluation method reflects the aims and objectives of the project.
Summarises and draws together the findings and outcomes of the project
There are another 20% of the marks taking the total to 100 for the quality of your evidence and expression. See the marking grid on the previous page to understand how these sections are assessed.
Some pointers on essay writing
This course is designed to teach you infection prevention and control principles. It is also designed so that you can potentially apply for credit in a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma, and it contributes to becoming a credentialled IPC practitioner through ACIPC.
As such there is a standard expected of learners in terms of writing and referencing. This course and the education officer will not be teaching you how to write or reference correctly. The exception is, that you may receive feedback on your assessments, and on your final essay draft if you wish.
We do understand though that for some of you, it may have been some time since you wrote an essay or the courses/training you have done to date did not require you to write essays or reference material. The following are some helpful links and guides to assist you with completing your two essay assessments.
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