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Healthcare Associated Infections

Getting it Right: Practical Application of SICPs

Training aid to support the practical application of Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs) in practice.

This resource is 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.


This resource provides materials to support Infection Prevention and Control staff in the teaching of Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs).  The resource is based on scenarios that reflect clinical situations that staff may find themselves in.

The scenarios are ideal for incorporating into your local education and training provision. They are practical and allow staff to participate in active learning combining theory and practice. 

There are three scenarios which collectively would take up to an hour to complete. The scenarios are based on the following:

Scenario 1: Bed space
Scenario 2: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Scenario 3: Blood and Body Fluid Spillage

The resource provides details of the activity to be undertaken, a props list (where apprioriate), estimated time for each scenario and helpful hints and tips.  

Download the Getting it Right: Practical Application of SICPs resource interactive pdf

Download the Getting it Right: Practical Application of SICPs resource pdf print version

NB. NES do not stock printed copies of the resource.

The resource has been used during practical workshop sessions held with NHS Lothian and feedback included:

“Clearly explained and you can ask questions if not sure of anything” “You are shown what to do.  I take the information in easier this way”.
Clinical Healthcare Support Workers

“Interactive, made me think more clearly about why we follow certain procedures/benefits to safety"

“Makes a rather dry subject very interesting!”
Deputy Charge Nurse

“Excellent way to learn – people interact and pay more attention”
Falls Co-ordinator

 If you have any queries in relation to the resource please contact Elaine Boyd.


Resource launched August 2015. Currently under review and revised version due April 2019.