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Healthcare Associated Infections

Impact and Evaluation

A key component of the educational governance of HAI resources is continual review and assessment to ensure resources meet the needs of learners in a variety of settings.

NES are involved in evaluations and pilot projects to support implementation, embedding and sustaining of HAI educational resources. Find out more about:


Impact of HAI educational resources in practice

Strengthening our Defences: Promoting a Culture where quality and safety in relation to Healthcare Associated Infection is of the highest importance

How do you make HAI meaningful to all health and social care staff in the context of their role and environment?   You make it person-centred and focus on their experience and that’s exactly what we did with Strenthening our Defences.  The work was showcased at the International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare.

View the video overview at 
Download the poster (pdf) 

Human Factors Approach to Aseptic Technique in Renal Dialysis

Patients requiring haemodialysis are at serious risk of blood stream infections due to frequent cannulation of an arteriovenous fistula/grafts.  NES HAI Team working with NHS Greater Clyde and Clyde and NES Psychology colleagues undertook a pilot to investigate the key influences on the practice of aseptic technique in three renal procedures.  An innovative approach integrating health psychology, human factors and practice observation audit was used to investigate healthcare staff adherence to a specific set of aseptic technique steps to improve patient safety. The findings are outlined in a two posters, which was showcased at the NHSScotland 2015 conference and the Infection Prevention Society Conference 2015.

Human Factors Approach to Aseptic Technique in Renal Dialysis (pdf)
Improving Aseptic Technique Practice in Renal Services (pdf)

For further information contact Sarah Freeman 

Hand Hygiene

Pilot study examining final year medical students hand hygiene practice within healthcare setting was conducted by NES Psychology Team in conjunction with Clinical Skills Managed Education Network and Dundee University. The findings are outlined in a poster and video.  Fur further information contact Lisa Sutherland and Michelle Clark.

Aseptic Technique Model Ward

NES working with Golden Jubilee National Hospital embarked on a pilot designed to raise awareness, encourage completion of the NES Aseptic Technique e-learning programme and implement the learning in practice. The pilot foccused on a model ward approach allowing a facilitator to work closely with ward staff to encourage module participation and liaise with ward management to co-ordinate module uptake.  The findings from the pilot are illustrated in the poster - Model Ward Project Poster (pdf)
For more infromation please contact Sarah Freeman

Preventing Infection in Care at Home

NES working in partnership wth Scottish Care and the Care Inspectorate aimed to build capacity, capability and sustainability in Infection Prevention and Control by supporting implementation of resources in care at home services in Lanarkshire. The pilot focussed on the Preventing Infection in Care at Home pocket guide and mobile application resources and how this was used in practice. Please read the summary of the pilot with quotes from participant - Summary of pilot findings (pdf)

NES are keen to continue to evaluate the impact of the resource in acute, care homes and care at homes services. If you would be interested in working with NES on a pilot, please contact


Evaluation Reports

During 2013/14, an evaluation of the national decontamination (LDU and EDU) e-learning programmes was carried with a view to determining whether the programmes were fit for purpose at a local level in relation to the content, format, delivery and context and consider if existing resources should be further developed, customised or adapted. Read the executive summary.

During 2012/13, research was carried out to clarify and review training programmes, education provision, policy and procedures as well as identification of key learning needs of domestic service workers that cleans and decontaminate the NHS healthcare environment. Read the executive summary or full report.

During 2012/13, research was carried out to identify key priorities for infection prevention and control education and training for healthcare workers in community settings. It was undertaken with the involvement of frontline and key local and national stakeholders. Read the full report.

For research and evaluation carried out prior to 2012 please contact for further information.

As part of ongoing evaluation of HAI educational resources, the 'Needlestick Injury: A Clinical Scenario' became the focus of a new method of evaluation to gain insights into the performance factors which enable or prevent the successful application of the learning within the Scottish health and social care system and learn more about how to achieve increased impact through learning interventions in the future.  Read the short summary report.