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Healthcare Associated Infections

Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway

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Introduction to the Pathway

The aim of the pathway is to enable all staff to contribute to a healthcare culture in which patient safety related to infection prevention and control is of the highest importance.

What is the pathway?

A staged pathway of infection prevention and control education.

Who is it for?

All Scottish health and social care staff and students.

What is the aim?

To enable staff and students to continuously improve their knowledge and skills around infection prevention and control as part of their role.

You will find more information on our Frequently Asked Questions page and Pathway News and Updates page.

 

Hear what some of our stakeholders have to say about the pathway

NHS Education for Scotland is leading the way in demonstrating a national approach to infection prevention and control with the introduction of the Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway (SIPCEP). The pathway will enable all staff to contribute to a healthcare culture in which patient safety related to infection prevention and control is of the highest importance.

Caroline Lamb, Chief Executive, NHS Education for Scotland

This is a great new resource which addresses learning styles in a contemporary fashion to continually improve knowledge and skills around Infection Prevention and Control for all staff groups.

Lindsay Burley, Chair, NHS Education for Scotland

This excellent resource compliments the NIPCM and provides a clear pathway of further education for frontline healthcare workers keeping the reduction and avoidance of HAI at the forefront of healthcare delivery.

Lisa Ritchie, Nurse Consultant Infection Control, Health Protection Scotland

This new pathway is an excellent educational intervention. It will enable health and care professionals along with students to develop their knowledge and skills in infection prevention and control. The flexible, targeted and progressive approach of SIPCEP will optimise the educational impact for participants, enhance safety culture and ultimately lead to safer and more effective care within NHSScotland.

Dr John McKay, Assistant Director GP Postgraduate Education and Chair of NHS Education for Scotland HAI Programme Board

The introduction of SIPCEP is a timely and positive step in the direction of recognising the variation required by different roles in terms of infection prevention and control and providing flexible access to education. The pathway recognises that one size does not fit all and the layers are tailored to suit learning requirements across the varied roles within healthcare.

Emer Shepherd, Head of Infection Prevention and Control, NHS Lanarkshire

The introduction of SIPCEP builds on the legacy of the Cleanliness Champions Programme and provides a clear pathway of learning. Infection prevention and control  knowledge and practice is the cornerstone to reducing the risk of healthcare associated infections and the SIPCEP is a fabulous tool to support everyone with the learning appropriate to their needs.  I would encourage all staff to utilise this resource and champion good practice in their place of work.

Alastair McGown, Senior Inspector, Healthcare Environment Inspectorate

Infection prevention and control  knowledge and practice is the key to reducing the risk of healthcare associated infections and the SIPCEP is a great tool to support everyone with the learning. The modular based approach ensures that appropriate learning is undertaken commensurate with your role.  I would encourage all staff to utilise this resource, enhancing and championing good practice.

Karen Burnett, Advanced Practitioner Infection Control, State Hospital for Scotland

 

Video Conversation

Watch a conversation of our two project leads – Dr Sabine Nolte and Elaine Boyd – to find out more about the developments and future plans for the delivery of infection prevention and control education. Please watch the video below.

 

Qualitative Analysis of Learning Needs in Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Staff

This report presents the results of a consultation exercise carried out with IPC staff as part of the development of the new Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway.  Engagement from IPC staff was crucial to establish what educational support is already accessible; if additional support is required, and how the new pathway can help address these gaps.

Using a theory based behavioural model, barriers and enablers to performing IPC roles were investigated, and recommendations for educational resources to enhance staff knowledge and skills were made based on these results.

Download the Executive Summary (pdf)

Download the Full Report (pdf)