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Healthcare Associated Infections

HAI News

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Latest edition of HAI e-bulletin out - March 2015

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

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.

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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.

HAI awareness events - coming your way Spring 2015

The HAI Team are currently working with a Planning Group comprising stakeholder representatives to develop regional events for acute and non acute frontline healthcare staff of all professional disciplines.  The aim of the events is to focus on HAI awareness raising and changing behaviours to promote good practice in infection prevention and control.  The events will be held between April and June 2015.  Further details will be available in early December 2014.

HAI Standards - October 2014

The consultation period for the revision to the 2008 “National Standards for Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI)” has come to a close with NES heavily involved in the education element. 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.

Latest edition of HAI e-bulletin out - October 2014

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

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