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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.  

Safe Management of Linen video launched - September 2015

The aim of this video is ensure safe and consistent practice within NHSScotland in the handling, segregation and processing of hospital laundry in line with national guidance on the decontamination of linen and the Standard Infection Control Precautions which cover safe management of linen at ward level. For more information visit the NES website.

Supporting World Sepsis Day - September 2015

NES is delighted to be supporting World Sepsis Day on 13th September 2015 and reinforcing the message that infection prevention is essential to reducing mortality and harm from sepsis and improving outcomes for patients. We all have a role to play in reducing the instances of sepsis and NES have a range of educational resources to assist health and care staff.

Remember, infection prevention and control is everyone’s business and is essential to help prevent sepsis, so play your part and help strengthen our defences. 

Latest edition of HAI e-bulletin out - September 2015

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

Getting It Right: resource for the practical application of SICPs launched - September 2015

This resource provides materials to support Infection Prevention and Control staff in the teaching of Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs).  The resource is based on scenarios that reflect clinical situations that staff may find themselves in.  The scenarios are ideal for incorporating into your local education and training provision. They are practical and allow staff to participate in active learning combining theory and practice. For more information visit the NES website.

Listening and responding to your education needs around Indwelling Urinary Catheter Care in non-NHS settings - August 2015

The HAI team are interested to hear your views about education needs around Indwelling Urinary Catheter Care of people living in care homes or in homely settings. We are particulary keen to hear about any aspects of personal care, taking urine samples and changing catheter bags that could be developed for use, but you may be able to inform us of any other gaps in education in this area of care. Please contact us

Skin Tears: Prevention, Assessment and Management - August 2015

Due to unforeseen circumstances, NES require to temporarily withdraw the Skin Tears workbook whilst necessary amendments are made to the assessment element.  We apologise  for any inconvenience that this may cause.  If you have received printed copies of the workbook, we will be happy to replace these once the amended version is available. We will endeavour to have the interactive and print version workbook available again by end of September 2015. If in doubt, please contact the HAI Team at

Launching HAI Learning Resource Pack at NHSScotland Conference - June 2015

NES is committed to sharing the learning from the Strengthening our Defences events and have developed a resource pack for use locally, which will be launched at the NHSScotland conference on 23rd June 2015 at the NES stand. The resource packs contains Helen’s story, activities, questions and reflective exercises as well as tools and templates to help you plan action to improve infection prevention and control practice in your local area.  Find out more and access the resource pack from the NES website

NEW - Education resource on minimising waterborne infections -   May 2015

NES and HPS have produced an educational resource providing practical demonstrations and explanations of procedures taken to minimise the risk of waterborne infections such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa.  The video offers guidance on a multidisciplinary approach to surveillance, risk assessment, recording and audit of measures taken to minimise the risk of a Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection outbreak.   Find out more and watch the video on the NES website.   

SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands – NES supporting World Health Organisation (WHO) campaign - May 2015

Infection prevention is at the heart of strengthening healthcare systems with hand hygiene at the core of all interventions to ensure the safety of patients and staff from the spread of infections.

Performing hand hygiene is the most important thing you can do to help reduce the spread of infections. Take time to review the WHO 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene and follow this in your practice to ensure safe, effective, person-centred care.

NES have developed a number of educational resources to support the spread of infections with hand hygiene an important element to the education.  For full details of the resources available, download the HAI resource leaflet.

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 Educational resources on Recognising Surgical Site Infections launched - April 2015

NES and HPS have developed educational resources to help improve practice in diagnosis and reporting of surgical site infections (SSIs). The resources are aimed at all healthcare staff involved in data collection for SSI surveillance, assessment and management of surgical sites and those involved in the diagnosis and/or treatment of SSIs. There are a range of resources to suit individual needs and learning styles and these include a train the trainer presentation, a pocket guide with handy tips and key information and online modules.  Further information available on the NES website.

Antimicrobial Stewardship workbook - April 2015

As part of the multi-professional team approach to antimicrobial stewardship there is increasing recognition of the critical role of nurses and midwives in antimicrobial administration, management and monitoring.  NES and the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG) have therefore developed an interactive workbook for nurses and midwives to support learning around antimicribial stewardship.  The workbook will be launched at the Strengthening our Defences events and is available to download from the NES website

New HAI resource leaflet now available - April 2015

The spring 2015/16 HAI educational resource leaflet is now available. Responding to stakeholder feedback, we have included an index to map our resources to job roles. To order your copies of the leaflet contact the HAI Team at

Latest edition of HAI e-bulletin out - March 2015

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

New Skin Tears educational resource available - March 2015

We are pleased to announce the new educational resources to support implementation and best practice on the prevention and management of skin tears in all healthcare settings. The resources comprise a video and workbook, available as both an interactive pdf and a hard copy workbook.  More details available on the NES website.

HAI Awareness Events: Strengthening our Defences

Booking now open for the events on 16th and 20th April 2015.  
Please see book now flyer for full details or go direct to the event website to book -
Closing date 16th March 2015

HAI Standards are published

The standards align with the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual (2013) and both documents are key for healthcare organisations to adhere to and ensure robust HAI practice and policy.  Visit HIS website for details.

Help us to improve our resources and services 

We want to ensure that our website is as user friendly and informative for you as possible and that we provide the educational resources you need. Please take a few moments to complete the online survey. We will use your comments and suggestions to make the site better for you and to develop resources you value.  Access the survey at
Closing date for responses is 10th March 2015.

Hand Dermatitis – new resources and workshops coming soon

Hand dermatitis (also known as hand eczema) is a common condition affecting up to 10% of the population and some occupations including working in health care make us more vulnerable to dermatitis. NES have developed a pocket guide and a train the trainer presentation for local use which provides acute and non acute healthcare workers and surveillance link workers with a better understanding of good hand care and the prevention of skin damage. The resources will be available February 2015.   NES are keen to work with health boards and care homes to implement the resources in practice and are offering short workshop sessions which can be held locally. If you are interested in a workshop in your area please contact

HAI Awareness Events: Strengthening our Defences

Save the Date: 16th April 2015, Aberdeen and 20th April 2015, Glasgow

A uniquely different and exciting event focussing around a person with a healthcare associated infection and taking the form of three themes:

  1. the person's journey
  2. infection prevention and control in practice
  3. implementation

Inform, engage and interact are the event aims and will be delivered though an informal, interactive and engaging programme. The events are for all acute and non acute frontline health and care staff. Save the date to your diary now.  Download the save the date flyer for further information or to circulate locally amongst colleagues.  Booking opens early February 2015.  There is no fee for attendance at the events.

Development Opportunity

An exciting development opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated individual with infection prevention and control experience to join the HAI Team at NES on a short term basis by way of a Service Level Agreement. The individual will work at a national level supporting a wide range of educational projects within the HAI portfolio of work. The development opportunity is offered for a 3 month period at agenda for change band 7 and full or part-time applications will be considered.  Expressions of interest are requested by 1st December 2014. Download the development opportunity document for full details. 


Stop PU day 2014Supporting Stop Pressure Ulcers Day 

Pressure ulcers can be devastating for the people they affect, they cause pain and distress and reduce a person’s ability to get on with their day-to-day lives. Pressure ulcers can affect people of all ages and make them vulnerable to infections.   Most pressure ulcers are preventable. Knowing how pressure ulcers form, how they are treated and most importantly how they can be prevented is the key to reducing the burden on patients and carer’s and reducing costs to the NHS.  We have invested in supporting pressure ulcers education and training. You can find out resources at our website.


EAAD 2014

18th November is European Antibiotic Awareness Day. Why is this so important?

Over the last century the development and use of antibiotics has revolutionised our ability to treat infections. However as antibiotics have developed so have resistant organisms meaning that antibiotics are increasingly losing their effectiveness creating a public health issue.  Help support European Antimicrobial Awareness Day by taking the Antibiotic Guardian pledge and play your role.   Watch the NES video on antimicrobial resistance and stewardship to find out more and take a look at the website to find a range of educational resources to support antimicrobial prescribing, administering and monitoring.  

Ebola - Viral Haemorrahagic Fever - November 2014

Educational resources to support healthcare staff in the management of ebola are now available.  Visit the webpage.


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