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Healthcare Associated Infections

HAI News

You can keep up-to-date with all the latest developments here or by subscribing to the bi-monthly HAI E-bulletin.  


Supporting World Sepsis Day - September 2014

World Sepsis Day is the 13th September and is organised by The Global Sepsis Alliance. NES is delighted to be supporting this and to highlight and build on the energy and enthusiasm within NHSScotland to improve outcomes for patients by reinforcing the message that infection prevention is key to reducing mortality and harm from Sepsis. NES has a range of resources, tool and and networks to support health and social care staff.  Visit the web page for more information or the QI Hub to view an awareness raising video. 

Latest edition of HAI e-bulletin out - August 2014

The latest addition of the HAI e-bulletin is out - download your copy. Subscribe to receive your copy at HAI e-bulletin

Cleanliness Champions Programme - recent changes - August 2014

A new webpage has been launched to provide news, updates and changes in respect of the Cleanliness Champions Programme.  Guidance in relation to signing off the folder of evidence in learnPro is provided as well as important information about a new set of multiple choice questions for each unit of the programme.  Please take the time to visit the new webpage to familiarise yourself with the changes and information and forward the details onto colleagues locally who are involved with the Cleanliness Champions Programme.  Further information is available at:

Antimicrobial stewardship – feedback on nursing/midwifery learning needs required to aid education programme development - July 2014

NES in conjunction with the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group are seeking to ascertain feedback by way of an online survey to aid in the development of an education programme to meet the learning needs of nurses and midwives in relation to antimicrobial stewardship.  The survey has been endorsed by Ros Moore, Chief Nursing Officer and Director at the Scottish Government. Responses are completely anonymous and will only be utilised by the project team. Please take the time to complete the survey by 29th August 2014 using the link
Exploring the role of Nurses and Midwives in Antimicrobial Stewardship

Aseptic Technique - new module added - July 2014

The HAI team have been working with stakeholders through Curriculum Advisory Groups to develop a new module on Long Term Central Vascular Access Devices. This module is now live on learnPro. Further information can be found at the Aseptic Technique web page.

Quality Improvement in HAI module launched - June 2014

The module shows learners how simple improvements can be made in the workplace to reduce healthcare associated infections. It provides an overview of the basics of quality improvement and guides learners on how to start improvement work in their own area. You do not require to have any experience of quality improvement to undertake this module. Further information can be found at the Quality Improvement in HAI page.

Latest edition of HAI e-bulletin out - June 2014

The latest addition of the HAI e-bulletin is out - download your copy. Subscribe to receive your copy at HAI e-bulletin

Needlestick Injury module review complete and new version launched - May 2014

The Needlestick Injury module has undergone a thorough review and has been updated to incorporate new leglistation and guidance in respect of the
prevention and management of occupational exposure incidents including sharps injuries. The updated module is available on learnPro and is now called NES:
Prevention and Management of Occupational Exposure. Further information is available on the online short course page.

New campaign puts focus on infection control - May 2014

A NEW campaign to raise awareness of infection control responsibilities among all healthcare staff has been launched by Scotland’s Chief Nursing Officer, Ros Moore.

The Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs) Campaign highlights the ten vital steps that must be taken by all healthcare  staff at all times to minimise the risk of infection and ensure the safety of patients and staff.

The 10 elements of SICPs are:

  1. Cough etiquette/respiratory hygiene in the hospital setting - (cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing)
  2. Hand Hygiene - (practise good hand hygiene)
  3. Management of blood and body fluid spillages - (safely clean up all blood and body fluid spillages)
  4. Management of patient care equipment - (keep all re-usable equipment clean and well maintained)
  5. Occupational exposure management including sharps -  (take corrective action if injured or exposed to blood and body fluids)
  6. Patient Placement - (assess patient for infection risk and ensure they are cared for in a safe place)
  7. Personal Protective Equipment - (wear suitable personal protective equipment)
  8. Routine cleaning of the environment in the hospital setting - (keep the care environment clean and tidy)
  9. Safe management of linen - (safely handle used linen)
  10. Safe management of waste in the hospital setting  - (safely dispose of all household and care activity waste)

The SICPs campaign is intended to support all healthcare staff in order to maintain the safety of individuals being cared for, staff and visitors.

More information about the Standard Infection Control Precautions can be found in the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual which is available at

New educational resource launched for domestic services workforce - May 2014

An educational DVD resource for the domestic services workforce working in the NHS acute and primary care settings has been launched in partnership with Health Facilities Scotland. The resource provides up-to-date education and training in infection prevention and control and aligns with the Domestic Services Competency Workbook and the Standard Infection Control Precautions (SIPCs).  Further information available on the NES website.

Supporting Global Hand Hygiene Day (5 May 2014)

Performing hand hygiene is the single most important thing you can do to help reduce the spread of infections.  NES are supporting the WHO global hand hygiene campaign - ’No action today; no cure tomorrow. Make the WHO 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene part of protecting your patients and yourself from infection.

Compliance with Hand Hygiene and the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual are some of the Scottish Government priorities for healthcare associated infections and antimicrobial resistance.  There are many resources available to help combat and control the spread of infections.  We encourage you to take the time to review the WHO 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene.

NES have developed a number of educational resources to support infection prevention and control with hand hygiene an important element to the education.  The educational resources include:

Workshop for new HAI Quality Improvement Facilitators - April 2014

NHS Education for Scotland are hosting a launch event on 6th May 2014 in Edinburgh for the new HAI Quality Improvement Facilitators (HAI QIFs).  This event will give the HAI QIFs, Infection Prevention and Control Managers, Scottish Patient Safety Programme Managers and Practice Education Leads a chance to meet, exchange knowledge, share successes in HAI quality improvement and explore development and partnership opportunities.   For more information contact

HAI e-bulletin launched - February 2014

The first edition of the HAI e-bulletin was launched providing health and social care staff with highlights from 2013 and new developments planned for early 2014. If you wish to subscribe to the e-bulletin please contact

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