COVID-19: Are you ready to answer the call?

Due to the current COVID19 outbreak, the HSE has made an urgent request for people in Ireland to register to be on call to help care for the people affected by the virus during this emergency

LOETB proposes to respond to this urgent need, particularly in the Midlands region, by providing online training in Infection Prevention and Control to current QQI Level 5 (minimum) major award holders, and learners that are currently on QQI Level 5 Healthcare Support/Health Service Skills/Nursing Studies programmes.

The proposed programme will be delivered online, with a minimum duration of five days of course delivery. Learners will have access to online lectures, notes and workshops, which can be accessed on a flexible basis, and will be supported on an ongoing basis by experienced, qualified tutors. Assessment will take place during and on completion of the course content.

Please note that this programme is being made available to attempt to respond to the HSE’s need for staff. Course places will be allocated only for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis. Completion of this course does not, and will not, guarantee that the learner will receive a position, in either a paid or voluntary capacity, with the HSE or any other employer in the healthcare industry.

Entry Requirements:

In order to participate on this online programme, learners must hold a major award at Level 5 (or higher), or be currently working towards a QQI Level 5 major award in Healthcare Support / Health Service Skills / Nursing Studies.

Learners must be available to complete the programme (including participating in all prescribed activities and accessing all course lectures) over the period of three weeks (after three weeks, the course will close), and must be willing to complete and submit assessments within reasonable deadlines.

Learners must have access to:

  • PC/Laptop with speaker
  • Internet Access
  • Webcam / Video camera or camera phone that is capable of recording skills demonstrations


Due to the Government's announcement on 24th March of additional measures to prevent further spread of COVID-19, alternative arrangements will be pur in place for assessment to facilitate learners to complete assessments from home. Therefore the details in relation to Skills Demonstrations and Examinations will be revised. 

Learners will be required to successfully complete the following assessments in order to achieve a Level 5 Component Award in Infection Prevention and Control (15 credits):

  1. Skills Demonstration 40% - assessed in Tullamore or Portlaoise. All Assessments will take place on a one-to-one basis to facilitate social distancing
  2. Learner Record 20% – to be completed while in the workplace
  3. Examination 40%
  • 20% online exam on completion of online course content
  • 20% Written exam on Assessment Day (Social Distancing will be observed by facilitating learners on a one-to-one basis or in small groups)


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