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Pathway - Foundation layer

pathway foundation layer

The foundation layer of the pathway comprises e-learning modules, printable learning resources, pocket guides, videos, animations, DVDs etc. covering all 10 Standard infection Control Precautions and other introductory IPC topics.

These essential learning resources are aimed at staff and students new to health and social care, but are also suitable for more experienced staff in any setting who want to refresh their knowledge or update their skills. They are aligned with the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual (NIPCM) and provide the foundation for further learning in infection prevention and control.

Topics include:

  1. Why Infection Prevention and Control Matters
  2. The Chain of Infection
  3. Patient Placement/Assessment for Infection Risk
  4. Hand Hygiene
  5. Respiratory and Cough Hygiene
  6. Personal Protective Equipment
  7. Safe Management of Care Equipment
  8. Safe Management of Care Environment
  9. Safe Management of Linen
  10. Safe Management of Blood and Body Fluid Spillages
  11. Safe Disposal of Waste (including sharps)
  12. Prevention and Management of Occupational Exposure (including sharps)
  13. Prevention and Control of Infection – Clostridium difficile
  14. Infection Prevention and Control: Refresher for non-clinical staff
  15. Infection Prevention and Control: Refresher for clinical staff

All resources can be individually selected.  
Time to complete: variable, 20-30 minutes per e-learning module 

For more details regarding the learning outcomes for each of the foundation layer modules, please download the Pathway Foundation layer Learning Outcomes Guide (pdf)

To aid health boards and care sector organisations with their education strategies and plans, examples of the pathway foundation modules that NES recommend should be taken as a minimum by different staff groups has been produced. Download the modules by staff group matrix document.

Outline for learners of the Foundation layer set up on learnPro is available. Download the helpful tip sheet (pdf).

"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



Other resources within the foundation layer of the pathway that have been customised for specific audiences include:

Preventing Infection in Care  

This DVD/CD Rom contains the information you need to help prevent and control the risk of infection and to provide a safe, clean environment within all care settings including care homes, home environments, residential housing and day care services for adults. It offers induction module and a full programme with a variety of supporting tools including multiple choice assessment questions and a workbook for use locally in practice.  

Preventing Infection in Care at Home  

The mobile app and pocket book are aimed at staff providing care in the community, care homes or in a homely setting. The resources list common infection risks staff may encounter when providing care and reveals the "must do" Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs) guidance that should be followed to minimise the risk of spreading infection to themselves, other staff and the person receiving care. There is also an outbreak management scenario which can be used as a work-based learning tool.   

Preventing Infection in Healthcare  

This pocket book was adapted from the Preventing Infection in Care at Home resource but focuses on the Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs) guidance for staff caring for patients in an acute setting.  

Preventing Infection in the Ambulance Setting

This interactive guide designed for use on tablets was adapted from the Preventing Infection in Care at Home resource but focuses on Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs) guidance for staff caring for patients in the ambulance setting.