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Healthcare Associated Infections

Urinary Catheterisation

Urinary tract infections (UTI) are the most common infections acquired in hospitals and long term care facilities.

These resources are part of the intermediate layer of the Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway.  Further information about the pathway is available on the pathway webpage.


Target Audience

The target audience for this module is any healthcare practitioner who is involved in the delivery of care for patients/clients with urinary catheters in the NHS and non NHS setting.

Learning Outcomes

By completing this course you should be able to:

  • demonstrate an awareness of the legal aspects of catheterisation
  • Demonstrate knowledge of anatomy, physiology of the male and female urinary system
  • describe the reasons why catheterised patients develop urinary tract infection including host risk factors
  • identify the reasons for urethral catheterisation
  • list comlications associated with urinary catheterisation
  • acknowledgment of the rationale for the types and size of urinary catheters to be used.
  • describe the principles and practice of safe insertion including the principles of asepsis
  • Demonstrate an understanding of infection control guidance to help prevent urinary tract infections associated with urinary catheters
  • understand how to take urine samples and the basic principle of antimicrobial prescribing
  • describe the importance of safe and effective discharge

Course Information

The time taken to complete the module will depend on your prior knowledge and experience but it is estimated that each of the 7 units will take a minimum of one hour to complete.  You are not required to complete all 7 units only those specific to your role.

Assessment will be in the form of multiple choice, true or false questions and diagrams requiring typed answers.  All questions are scored and you will be given feedback and supporting text as you work through the questions.  There is no requirement to complete all the units in one as your scores will be saved until the next time you log on.

At the end of the module you will have the opportunity to print off your scores as a record of learning.

Registration and Access

This resource is available on learnPro NHS for health boards.  Further information about registration and access can be found at our learnPro information page.

This resource is available on Turas Learn for NHS Grampain. Access the resource on Turas Learn (in the IPC Zone) at


The workbook follows each unit in the e-learning programme. In the workbook you will be presented with a case study, clinical scenario or questions which you are required to answer. At the end of the unit is an opportunity for the you to record any learning “ the learner’s reflective account” you feel took place as a result of the content of the e-learning programme and workbook.  The workbook is presented as a downloadable interactive pdf which should be saved to a local PC or tablet or printedin hard copy.

Download the Urinary Catheterisation Workbook (pdf)



Resource launched 2011, last reviewed March 2017. Due for review 2019.