Unit name: Health, Safety and Wellbeing in Care Settings
Learning outcome: 4. Be able to reduce the spread of infection
Assessment criteria: 4.3 Demonstrate the recommended method for hand washing
Effective handwashing is important in care settings because it helps to prevent the spread of pathogens through touch.
You should always wash your hands before and after handling food (including between handling different types of food, such as raw meat and then vegetables), after going to the toilet, before and after using PPE, after touching animals, after touching your face, coughing or sneezing and before and after treating a wound.
The recommended method of handwashing is demonstrated in the video below (provided by the NHS):