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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 using the scribe box on the righ hand side of the HAI webpage.  


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

EAAD 2014

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing us today

80% of all antibiotics are prescribed in the community and 20% prescribed in hospitals.  Between 30-50% of these prescriptions can be inappropriate or unnecessary.  Overuse and misuse of antibiotics in human health is a key driver for antibiotic resistance.  With the relative paucity of new antibiotic development we need to preserve the durability of this precious resource.

European Antibiotic Awareness Day (18th November) aims to increase awareness of global antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.

The Antibiotic Guardian campaign encourages all healthcare staff across acute, community, primary care and care homes as well as patients and the public to make a personal pledge to help preserve our antibiotics for future generations.   The Antibiotic Guardian Pledges are grounded in behaviour change theory which acts as drivers to improve behaviours around antibiotic prescribing and use. 

So play your role and visit the antibiotic guardian website and make a pledge today and help to save our antibiotics for future generations.

Supporting International Infection Prevention Week

International Infection Prevention Week (19-24 October 2015) raises awareness of the role infection prevention plays to improve patient safety and promotes the belief that everyone plays a role in infection prevention as it is everyone’s responsibility.

NES have produced a wide variety of educational resources centring round the application of the Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs) to meet the needs of health and social care staff alike.  From practical ‘pocket guides’ – Preventing Infections in Healthcare and Preventing Infections in Care at Home to inspiring patient stories such as Helen’s Story and practical training aids for use in teaching infection prevention and control based on scenarios reflecting clinical situations outlined in Getting it Right: Practical Application of SICPs. Don’t give infections a helping hand. Play your role and help to strengthen our defences.

Decontamination of Re-useable Medical Devices (Local and Endoscopy) Programme now live - October 2015

The e-learning programme has been designed to support the education of all staff who are involved in some way with the decontamination of reusable medical devices within local or endoscopy units.   This programme replaces the NHSScotland Decontamination Training Programmes for Local and Endoscopy Units. Access to those programmes has now ceased and the new programme is available for self registration on learnPro NHS and community portals. See NES website for further information.

GHD15 Supporting Global Handwashing Day -15 October 2015

October 15th marks the annual Global Handwashing Day aimed at increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing.  Performing hand hygiene is one of the most important things you can do to help reduce the spread of infections and ensure patient safety.  NES can help you with educational resources designed for health and social care staff – see our webpage.

How will you make a difference and help support the aims of Global Handwashing Day, not just on the day but always? Visit the Global Handwashing Day website for ideas on how to get involved and show your support.  Share your plans with others using #GlobalHandwashingDay. 

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.



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