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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 right hand side of the HAI webpage.  


Latest edition of the HAI e-bulletin out - Sept 2018

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

SIPCEP Foundation Layer Evaluation - Sept 2018

We will shortly start an evaluation of the SIPCEP Foundation Layer, to assess if the project aims have been achieved, and how we can best make further improvements. A Short Life Working Group met for the first time on 20 September 2018. If you have completed the feedback form for any of the Foundation Layer modules and have agreed to be contacted for further feedback, you might be contacted soon. Any questions please contact

Highlighting year one of the SIPCEP journey - August 2018

We have created an infographic to provide a snapshot of the SIPCEP year one journey across health, social care and higher education in Scotland. Take a look at the results. Download the SIPCEP Infographic.

Latest edition of the HAI e-bulletin out - July 2018

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

It’s in your hand – prevent sepsis in healthcare - May 2018

We are supporting the ‘SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands’ campaign run by the World Health Organisation for hand hygiene day on 5th May 2018.  Find out more including ways you can support the campaign locally at the WHO website.

Remember we have a range of educational resources which can be used as part of your hand hygiene training including Hand Hygiene – What’s Stopping You? animation and Hand Hygiene module from the foundation layer of SIPCEP. There are also a range of Sepsis resources available from NES on the Patient Safety Zone on Turas Learn.

Latest edition of the HAI e-bulletin out - April 2018

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

Infection Prevention in Care and at Home One Day Conference
Sunday 30th September 2018, Glasgow

NB. This event is not organised by NES, but may be of interest to practitioners.

The programme will focus on achieving excellence in infection prevention practice to reduce the risk of infections for this vulnerable population and will address some of the most important current challenges we face in care homes and care at home by presenting the latest evidence and applications for practice.

This day is relevant for all staff and in particular those senior staff with the accountability for infection prevention within the organisation. For more information visit

Study Day to celebrate Train the Trainer Programme on 14th March 2018 in Glasgow

NES is hosting a Study Day celebrating the infection prevention and control care home train the trainer programme.  The event aims to:

  • Showcase the experiences of trainers on how the training has suppored improvement in infection prevention and control
  • Reflect on the success and challenges and share best practice examples
  • Explore the challenges in implementing infection prevention training and work collectively to identify solutions to improve care in your organisation

The day will be of interest to Managers from Care Home Organisations, Care Home Education Facilitators and Representatives from the Care Inspectorate and Scottish Care.

To register click here, closing is 28th February 2018.

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

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

Skin Tears: Prevention, Assessment and Management - November 2017

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) developed a work-based educational resource in 2015 to support best practice on the prevention and management of skin tears in all care settings.   

NES will be commencing a review of the resource, starting in January 2018 and are keen to hear from stakeholders who have used the video and/or workbook in practice. Your views will help to shape the review and ensure the resource best meets the needs of stakeholders across acute and community settings.  

To participate, please complete the online survey at

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and closes on 12th January 2018.  Any queries please contact HAI team at

Antiobiotics: Handle with Care and Keep Them Working - November 2017

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. Visit the antibiotic guardian website and play your part by making a pledge today to safeguard antibiotics for the future. Visit Antibiotic Guardian website.

NES Education resources to support antimicrbial resistance, prescribing and stewardship available on the website

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

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

Reminder: Cleanliness Champions Programme closes 31st August 2017

The Cleanliness Champions Programme will no longer be available after 31st August 2017.  All new learners seeking infection control training should undertake relevant modules from the Standard Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway foundation layer. More information available on the NES website.

Latest edition of the HAI e-bulletin out - SIPCEP Special - July 2017

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

Improving bladder health and reducing urinary tract infections - June 2017

New videos now available on the NES webiste for use in local education provision. View from the NES webpage.

Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway (SIPCEP) - May 2017

Only a month to go until launch of the foundation layer of the pathway on 20th June 2017 at the NHSScotland Conference.  There has been a lot of activity over the last fews week including the release of a video message from the Associate Chief Nursing Officer, launch of Why IPC Matters as a taster module ahead of the pathway launch and a range of documents to help support the implementation of the pathway locally.  For all the latest, visit the pathway news and update webpage.

Aseptic Technique and Injecting into Body Cavities – NEW animation available - April 2017

The HAI Team, working with stakeholder representatives through an Advisory Group, have developed an animation on Aseptic Technique and injecting into joint cavities for general practitioners, podiatrists, physiotherapists, rheumatologists and junior hospital doctors. The animation is scenario based and follows the process from initial consultation to the actual procedure showcasing aseptic technique in practice. The animation is available on the NES website.


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