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Healthcare Associated Infections

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Study Day to celebrate Train the Trainer Programme on 14th March 2018 in Glasgow

NES is hosting a Study Day celebrating the infection prevention and control care home train the trainer programme.  The event aims to:

  • Showcase the experiences of trainers on how the training has suppored improvement in infection prevention and control
  • Reflect on the success and challenges and share best practice examples
  • Explore the challenges in implementing infection prevention training and work collectively to identify solutions to improve care in your organisation

The day will be of interest to Managers from Care Home Organisations, Care Home Education Facilitators and Representatives from the Care Inspectorate and Scottish Care.

To register click here, closing is 28th February 2018.

Latest edition of the HAI e-bulletin out - December 2017

The latest edition of the HAI e-bulletin is out - download your copy

Skin Tears: Prevention, Assessment and Management - November 2017

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) developed a work-based educational resource in 2015 to support best practice on the prevention and management of skin tears in all care settings.   

NES will be commencing a review of the resource, starting in January 2018 and are keen to hear from stakeholders who have used the video and/or workbook in practice. Your views will help to shape the review and ensure the resource best meets the needs of stakeholders across acute and community settings.  

To participate, please complete the online survey at

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and closes on 12th January 2018.  Any queries please contact HAI team at

Antiobiotics: Handle with Care and Keep Them Working - November 2017

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing us today. Without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous. To slow resistance we need to reduce the unnecessary use of antibiotics. Visit the antibiotic guardian website and play your part by making a pledge today to safeguard antibiotics for the future. Visit Antibiotic Guardian website.

NES Education resources to support antimicrbial resistance, prescribing and stewardship available on the website

Latest edition of the HAI e-bulletin out - September 2017

The latest edition of the HAI e-bulletin is out - download your copy

Reminder: Cleanliness Champions Programme closes 31st August 2017

The Cleanliness Champions Programme will no longer be available after 31st August 2017.  All new learners seeking infection control training should undertake relevant modules from the Standard Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway foundation layer. More information available on the NES website.

Latest edition of the HAI e-bulletin out - SIPCEP Special - July 2017

The latest edition of the HAI e-bulletin is out - download your copy

Improving bladder health and reducing urinary tract infections - June 2017

New videos now available on the NES webiste for use in local education provision. View from the NES webpage.

Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway (SIPCEP) - May 2017

Only a month to go until launch of the foundation layer of the pathway on 20th June 2017 at the NHSScotland Conference.  There has been a lot of activity over the last fews week including the release of a video message from the Associate Chief Nursing Officer, launch of Why IPC Matters as a taster module ahead of the pathway launch and a range of documents to help support the implementation of the pathway locally.  For all the latest, visit the pathway news and update webpage.

Aseptic Technique and Injecting into Body Cavities – NEW animation available - April 2017

The HAI Team, working with stakeholder representatives through an Advisory Group, have developed an animation on Aseptic Technique and injecting into joint cavities for general practitioners, podiatrists, physiotherapists, rheumatologists and junior hospital doctors. The animation is scenario based and follows the process from initial consultation to the actual procedure showcasing aseptic technique in practice. The animation is available on the NES website.

Help Support World Hand Hygiene Day (5th May 2017)

Hand hygiene is at the core of effective infection prevention and control to combat antibiotic resistance and campaigning each year on or around 5th May is one important part of improving behaviour towards infection prevention and control best practice.  The World Health Organisation website has lots of information, tools and activities to help you play your part.  Visit the WHO website and find out more.

New HAI resource leaflet now available - April 2017

The 2017/18 HAI educational resource leaflet is now available. To order your copies of the leaflet contact the HAI Team at The leaflet can also be downloaded from the NES website.

National Infection Prevention and Control Manual Chapter 3 - April 2017

Health Protection Scotland launched Chapter 3 - Healthcare Infections, Incidents, Outbreaks and Data Excedance on 3rd April 2017 along with revised appendices and resources to support implementation.  Find out more at NIPCM website

HAI Acute Hospital Admission Screening - March 2017

A reminder that this module was launched on learnPro NHS in January 2017 and is available to all Boards. In addition, we have now published a 2-page Quick Reference Guide (A4 format) which can be displayed or used as a handout. It shows key content and visual aids from the e-learning module and can be downloaded from the NES website.



Earlier news articles can be found on the news archive page.