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Evaluation of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Workbook for Registered Nurses and Midwives

The Antimicrobial Stewardship Educational Workbook for Registered Nurses and Midwives, which was launched in 2015, is being evaluated  to better understand the views, perceptions and experience of those using this national educational resource. The information from this evaluation will help to inform the workbook's future adaptation and development.

A survey has been designed to gather the views of nurses and midwives who have either: 

  • completed the workbook
  • undertaken some learning from the workbook but not completed it
  • not undertaken any part of the workbook

The survey will take between 5-15 minutes (depending on awareness of the workbook/ experience using it).  Responses will be reported completely anonymously and the data only utilised by the project team for the purposes of this evaluation.  The survey can be accessed at and closing date for responses is 4th November 2016.

Making handwashing a habit   

October 15th marks the annual Global Handwashing Day aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of the importance of handwashing. 

Behavioural change is a crucial component in making handwashing a habit.   We are delighted to showcase our whiteboard animation ‘Hand Hygiene – What’s Stopping You?’ in support of #GlobalHandwashingDay.   The animation is just one of the educational tools developed as part of the forthcoming Scottish Infection Prevention & Control Education Pathway.

The animation can be used locally as part of in-house training tools and we encourage you to consider the key messages and spread the word to help effect a change and make handwashing a habit. 

The animation can be accessed at the links below:
Hand Hygiene – What’s Stopping You (with audio)
Hand Hygiene – What’s Stopping You (no audio, subtitles)

Further information about the Scottish Infection Prevention & Control Education Pathway can be found on the NES website. 

Cleanliness Champions Programme: registration deadline

We will stop taking registrations for the Cleanliness Champions Programme (CCP) on 30th November 2016. All learners registered by this point will completed the programme as normal, and all CCP modules and resources will be available until 31st August 2017.

In order to provide continuous access to IPC education until all new modules from the Scottish Infection Prevention & Control Education Pathway are launched, learners not registered for the CCP will be able to access the CCP e-learning modules on learnPro on a self select modular basis, after the registration deadline. However, they will not register or officially complete the programme and NES will not include any new learners on the national database after 30th November 2016.  Any queries please contact

Scottish Infection Prevention & Control Education Pathway (SIPCEP) - August 2016

Watch a conversation of our two project leads – Sabine Nolte and Elaine Boyd – to find out more about the pathway and our future plans. Watch the video on the webpage

Latest edition of HAI e-bulletin out - August 2016

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

Antimicrobial Companion: a decision support app for antimicrobial prescribing - August 2016

We are delighted to announce the launch of our Antimicrobial Companion, a decision support app which is the product of collaboration by the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group, Healthcare Improvement Scotland and NHS Education for Scotland. The app is accessible via all mobile devices as well as via the web and is available to download free from iTunes and Google Play. NHSScotland users select the board in which they work to access customised guidance but there is also a national template with non-customised information. The flyer can be used to promote the app locally. Comments or feedback via the app feedback page or via email to are welcomed. 

Outbreak Management Workshop for Neonatal Nurses  

NHS Education for Scotland and Health Protection Scotland are hosting an Outbreak Management Workshop for Neonatal Nurses on 29th August 2016 at NES offices in Glasgow.  The half day workshop is free to attend and refreshments and lunch are provided.  See the programme for more information.  Booking for the workshop should be completed online at and closing date for bookings is 19th August 2016.

Recording completions of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Workbook for Nurses and Midwives - July 2016

NES and the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG) launched the Antimicrobial Stewardship Workbook for Registered Nurses and Midwives in March 2015. The workbook is available as a downloadable interactive pdf (from NES website) and as an iBook (from iTunes). The workbook was developed to be a work-based learning resource.

Following feedback it has become apparent that health boards face some challenges in being able to record completions of the workbook.  NES and SAPG have been working to find a solution to allow health boards to record completions and as a result, the resource will now be available to self-register on learnPro NHS, by searching for NES: Antimicrobial Stewardship Workbook. The workbook itself will still be completed out with learnPro NHS, however there is now a completion and sign off mechanism available to assist health boards in monitoring and reporting completions.  

Latest edition of HAI e-bulletin out - May 2016

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

Show your support for World Hand Hygiene Day (5th May) - May 2016

Hand hygiene is an essential part of infection prevention and control in all care settings. It helps to prevent patients, staff and visitors picking up infections and reduces an avoidable burden on the health.  Visit the WHO website to find out how you can support the campaign locally and help play your role in strengthening healthcare delivery through effective hand hygiene.

New SICP education resource just launched - April 2016

We are delighted to announce the launch of 3 new resources on the Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs) as part of our education provision on infection prevention and control.

The resources make use of technology and storytelling to provide bite-sized education that is practical, engaging and scenario based and can easily be incorporated into in-house training sessions. The resources are applicable across care settings. Any queries please contact

New HAI resource leaflet now available - April 2016   

The spring 2016/17 HAI educational resource leaflet is now available. To order your copies of the leaflet contact the HAI Team at

Matrix for HAI Resources - making it easy to match resources to staff groups - April 2016

The HAI team have mapped all their resources and produced a stand alone matrix which matches the resources to the target audience groups based on job roles. This matrix may be of assistance when planning local training sessions for staff or identifying training needs for Personal Development Plans.

Antimicrobial Stewardship - Patient Safety Education Scenario now available - February 2016

The patient safety education scenario highlights the benefits of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Workbook in improving patient safety through promoting effective contribution to antimicrobial stewardship by registered nurses and midwives in acute and primary care settings.  Take a few moment to review the scenario and take a look at the Antinicrobial Stewardship Workbook.

Latest edition of HAI e-bulletin out - January 2016

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

Preventing Infection in Care at Home pocket book and mobile app - January 2016 

The resources have been updated to take account of changes from the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual and to add a scenario around norovirus which will provide opportunities for the application of Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs) covered within the resource.  Version 2 of the pocket guide will be available mid February 2016. 

For those looking to use the app on their iPad, please note that the app was originally developed for iPhone (as well as Android) and whilst searching the app store you will require to change your settings to ‘search for all apps’ before the app will appear in the search listing. Any queries in relation to the pocket guide or mobile app please contact

Latest edition of HAI e-bulletin out - November 2015

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



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