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Quality Prescribing: WebEX session available to find out how Scottish Reduction in Antimicrobial Prescribing (ScRAP) Programme can help you and your staff - February 2016

The Scottish Reduction in Antimicrobial Prescribing (ScRAP) Programme resources have recently been updated and extended to support improvement in urinary tract infection management.  Although primarily aimed at GP practices, ScRAP may also be of interest to others involved in the assessment and management of infection in primary care, for example district nurses and care home staff.

Learn more by registering for our WebEx session which will take place on Wednesday 1 March 2017 from 1–2pm.  Please email HAI@nes.scot.nhs.uk to indicate your interest by Friday 24 February 2017.  See Flyer for more information.

Latest edition of the HAI e-bulletin out - January 2017

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

HAI Acute Admission Screening Module - January 2017

The e-learning module ‘HAI Acute Hospital Admission Screening’ will be made available on learnPro on 16th January 2017 and replaces the NES/HPS: MRSA module. 

The HAI Acute Hospital Admission Screening module is aimed at healthcare workers, including students, in acute hospital settings involved in: 

  • patient admission assessments including Clinical Risk Assessments (CRAs) 
  • taking admission samples to be tested in the Microbiology Laboratory 

The module gives an overview of MRSA and CPE and discusses the screening process which includes completing a Clinical Risk Assessment (CRA) when a patient is admitted to an acute hospital. Further information available on the NES website

Cleanliness Champions Programme registration closed - 30 Nov 2016

The Cleanliness Champions Programme is now closed for registrations. All learners already registered will completed the programme as normal, and all CCP modules and resources will be available until 31st August 2017.

We will launch the new Scottish Infection Prevention & Control Education Pathway in summer 2017. Find out more about the pathway on our website

In order to provide continuous access to IPC education until all new pathway modules are launched, you can access the CCP e-learning modules on learnPro on a self-select modular basis, even if you are not registered. Search for “Champions” in the learnPro search window and then add it to your learning. You can just complete the e-learning modules you need.

Show your support for European Antibiotic Awareness Day (18 November)

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing us today. Without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous. To slow resistance, we need to reduce the unnecessary use of antibiotics.  Help support European Antimicrobial Awareness Day by taking the Antibiotic Guardian pledge and play your role.   Take a look at the website to find a range of educational resources to support antimicrobial prescribing, administering and monitoring.  Visit the NES webpage.

Importance of preventing pressure ulcers and contributing to patient safety - November 2016

Pressure ulcers can affect people of all ages and in all care settings (hospital, community, care home or in their own home). Health and care staff have a role to play in helping protect people from the dangers of pressure ulcer development. Find out how NES resources to support pressure ulcer education have benefited health and care staff through our patient safety education scenario.  Help support Stop Pressure Ulcer Day (17 November).

Latest edition of HAI e-bulletin out - October 2016

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

Evaluation of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Workbook for Registered Nurses and Midwives - October 2016

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 http://www.tinyurl.com/nesamssurvey and closing date for responses is 4th November 2016.

Making handwashing a habit (October 2016)  

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 hai@nes.scot.nhs.uk

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 susan.paton2@nhs.net 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 https://response.questback.com/nhseducationforscotland/hlhckbepvn 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 hai@nes.scot.nhs.uk

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 hai@nes.scot.nhs.uk

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 hai@nes.scot.nhs.uk

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.

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 hai@nes.scot.nhs.uk

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 hai@nes.scot.nhs.uk

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 hai@nes.scot.nhs.uk

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 -http://events.nes.scot.nhs.uk/hai-awareness-events-april-2015/ 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 https://response.questback.com/nhseducationforscotland/haiwebsurvey/ 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 Lesley.Armstrong@nes.scot.nhs.uk

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.

Infection Prevention is everyone’s business – October 2014

International Infection Prevention Week (19-25 October 2014) raises awareness of the role infection prevention plays to improve patient safety and promotes the belief that everyone plays a role and has responsibility for infection prevention. International infection prevention week is a good time to celebrate the work that is being done to reduce healthcare associated infections in NHSScotland and engage patients in their own care.

NES have developed a range of education resources to support health and social care staff to play their role in preventing and controlling infections.  Take a look at the educational programmes, online short courses and training resources.

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. Make sure you are familiar with the steps. Visit www.sicps.scot.nhs.uk

Supporting Global Handwashing day – 15th October 2014

Global Hand washing day aims to create renewed awareness about the importance of hand washing and to inspire increased investment in hand washing efforts. Performing hand hygiene is one of the most important thing you can do to help reduce the spread of infections like MRSA, C.diff (Clostridium difficile) and norovirus.  There are a number of resources available for you to use locally and we would encourage you to take the time to review the WHO 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene.   NES have developed educational resources to support infection prevention and control with hand hygiene an important element to the education.  These resources include:

Promoting Hand Hygiene in Healthcare
HAI Induction/Refresher Training Programme
Preventing Infection in Care and Preventing Infection in Care at Home

Help support Global handwashing day – practice good hand hygiene and spread the word #IWashMyHands or #Choosehandwashing 

Scottish Improvement Skills - September 2014

A free of charge hands on programme to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to lead, plan and deliver local improvement projects. See the flyer for an outline of the programme and register using the booking form. Visit the QI Hub for more information.

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: http://ow.ly/AC3Zy

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 www.sicps.scot.nhs.uk

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@nes.scot.nhs.uk

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 hai@nes.scot.nhs.uk

Antimicrobials in Clinical Practice Resource - December 2013

This resource which is designed for local trainers to support practitioners who are involved in the prescribing, monitoring and administration of antibiotics in their early stages of clinical practice has been updated to reflect current practice and protocols. The training resource includes a PowerPoint presentation and is designed to focus on key issues in antimicrobial prescribing to be delivered as a taught session within a wider induction programme. The resource is available for download on the NES website.

Evaluation of decontamination e-learning programmes - November 2013

NES are undertaking an evaluation of the national e-learning programmes for staff in local decontamination units (LDU) directly involved in the local decontamination of reusable invasive medical devices and staff in endoscopy decontamination units (EDU) undertaking decontamination of endoscopy equipment. The evaluation of the e-learning programmes will commence mid November and run through to early March 2014.

NES is keen to engage with stakeholders to ascertain their views on the LDU and EDU e-learning programmes with a view to determining whether the programmes are fit for purpose at a local level in relation to the content, format, delivery and context and to consider whether existing resources should be further developed, customised or adapted.

We hope that you will be able to support NES to undertake this evaluation. Should you have any queries or wish to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact the NES Project Lead, Christine Young at Christine.Young@nes.scot.nhs.uk

Data Collection Tools launched - November 2013

The online resource provides Infection Control and Health Protection staff with the knowledge and practical skills to enable them to produce and interpret Epidemic curves, Line Lists and Time Lines.  The modules demonstrate how the charts can be applied in NHS boards in the event of a suspected or confirmed outbreak to aid in the prevention, identification, control and management of the outbreak. Further information can be found at Data Collection Tools page.

The ScRAP Programme launched - October 2013

This educational toolkit is designed to help prescribers to reduce unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics, and also to support NHS Boards in delivering the level 3 HEAT target on antibiotic volume.The ScRAP Programme explores antimicrobial prescribing using a number of elements including recommended pre-event online learning; reflection on Prescribing Information System for Scotland (PRISMS) data for the practice/individual prescriber and a facilitated 90 minute structured learning event supported by a pre-recorded DVD presentation.

The DVD supports the facilitator by providing all the key clinical evidence around the need to reduce unnecessary prescribing of antimicrobials. Further information please see ScRAP Programme

GaV - Gentamicin and Vancomycin modules launched - August 2013

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) are please to annouce the launch of new online short courses providing the most up-to-date national guidance to support the safe and effective use of gentamicin and vancomycin.

The short courses are aimed at hospital prescribers including foundation year doctors and non-medical prescribers and clinical practitioners involved in administering and monitoring antibiotic treatment.

Further information can be found at /education-and-training/by-theme-initiative/healthcare-associated-infections/online-short-courses/gav-gentamicin-and-vancomycin.aspx

Tissue Viability Workshop - October 2013

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) in partnership with National Tissue Viability Scotland (NATVNS) have organised a one day workshop to cover:

  • The use of Aseptic Technique in the home setting
  • Assessment of wounds
  • Wound cleansing
  • Skin tears
  • Management of red legs  - Cellulitis and Dermatitis

The target audience are, Community Nurses and District Nurses.

Workshops are scheduled to take place in November, January and March. The first will be on the 29th of November 2013. Further information about this workshop and how to register can be found on the link below:

Tissue Viability Workshop flyer

Programme for the Workshop

Cleanliness Champions Programme Celebration Event

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) would like to invite all Cleanliness Champions from health boards in NHS Scotland to attend an event being held on Thursday 26 th September 2013 at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Glasgow from 10 am till 3.30 pm to celebrate the Cleanliness Champions Programme reaching its 10th year.

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The aim of the event is to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the programme by

  • showcasing achievements and sharing user stories
  • demonstrating the impact the programme has had at a local and national level in the Prevention of Healthcare Associated Infections
  • shaping the future direction of the programme through the voices of stakeholders

Registration to this event has now closed, any queries in relation to the event please contact hai@nes.scot.nhs.uk

Please note: Places are limited however the invitation is open to all Cleanliness Champions and Cleanliness Champion mentors regardless of role and responsibilities therefore could include nurses, doctors, AHPs, domestics, porters, ambulance staff, midwives, healthcare support workers, Infection Control teams etc.

Twitter users can follow the event at #ccp10yrs

Preventing Infection In Care at Home Toolkit Launch - MAY 2013

NHS Education for Scotland are pleased to announce that a new toolkit resource will be launched at the Scottish Care, Care at Home Exhibition and Conference being held on 31 May 2013 called Prevening Infection In Care at Home. ( PIIC@home)

The toolkit allows staff to choose information when presented with common infection risks when caring for someone in the home and reveals the "must do" Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs) guidance that must be followed to minimise the risk of spreading infection to themselves, other staff and the person receiving care.  It also highlights key advice on factors "to consider" as part of the SICPs and identifies "other factors" that keep staff and those being cared for safe.  Alternatively if information is required simply on each SICP and how they relate to community care in the home then a quick link is provided.

The toolkit is presented to community health and social care staff in the form of a digital app and a pocket guide for easy reference.

Further information can be found at /education-and-training/by-theme-initiative/healthcare-associated-infections/training-resources/preventing-infection-in-care-@-home.aspx

Aseptic Technique Roadshows - Coming To You - MARCH 2013

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In partnership with local NHS health boards, NHS Education for Scotland is holding roadshows to promote and implement the Aseptic Technique e-learning programme.

  • Is your Aseptic Technique Up to Date?

  • Not sure how the latest research and evidence is relevant to you?

  • Come along to a road show near you and find out.

Details of dates and venues can be found on the newsletter however you should check your local intranet and notice boards for further information.

The roadshows are free of charge to acute and community staff to attend.

Scottish Government Top Tips to help prevent the spread of any infection, including winter vomiting disease (norovirus) and MRSA updated October 2012

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Health/Services/Preventing-Healthcare-Infections/Infection-Monitoring/Preventing-Infection

Register Now for the Final Career and Development Framework for IPC Nurses Workshop (Webex) 5 November 2012

The aim of the workshop is to provide an opportunity for key stakeholders to explore the Post Registration Career and Development Framework for Infection Prevention and Control Nurses.

The target audience is Infection Control Managers, Infection Prevention and Control Nurses, Education Providers and Health Protection Nurses employed within NHS Scotland.

Workshops are currently being delivered regionally throughout NHS Scotland.  However, some key health board staff have been unable to attend these workshops. We are therefore holding a final workshop by Webex on 5 November 2012 from 11 am till 1 pm for all staff from the target audience.

If you or someone in your team would like to register for this Webex workshop please email your details to Allison Brown, Project Administrator HAI (allison.brown@nes.scot.nhs.uk)  with details of your name, job title and health board.

Please note: A computer and telephone are required to take part in a webex meeting.

New Updated Course Information Flyer (Spring 2012)

There is now an updated version of the HAI Course Information Flyer (spring 2012) which provides an overview of the educational programmes, online short courses and training resources available from the team.

If you would like hard copies of this leaflet please send a request to hai@nes.scot.nhs.uk

Short Course "Switchover" News

Please note that from 23 April 2012 all the NES HAI online short courses will be moving to the learnPro learning environment. You are free to continue to register for the courses in the meantime, but we would ask that you complete the learning before Monday 23rd April to avoid losing access to the courses before you finish.  Information on the new learnPro environment can be found at /education-and-training/by-theme-initiative/healthcare-associated-infections/learnpro.aspx

HAI Education Leads Network

The HAI Education Leads Network Group are due to meet again on 24th April 2012.  A short life working group has been established to develop a role descriptor for the HAI Education Lead role and this should be available by May 2012.  This group provide a vital link between the NHS Scotland health boards and NHS Education for Scotland.

Update to Cleanliness Champions - Completion Time Limit Introduction

1 June 2011

Cleanliness Champions' statistics have shown that there is a large number of registered students across NHS Scotland who do not appear to have completed the programme and many remain registered but not completed for several years.

In response, NES has introduced a six month completion time for all students and an information letter has been sent to health board registration officers to assist them in deregistering expired records and promoting completion of the programme among those that are still active.  This time limit does not apply to those undertaking the programme within a structured higher education curriculum.

If you registered before 1st June 2011 you will be given an additional six months from now to complete the programme.  All those students who register after 1st June 2011 will start within the time limit of six months for completion.  If you require any further information please contact your registration officer for further details.