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Healthcare Associated Infections

Preventing Infection in Care @ Home

This resource offers practical guidance and tips for the application of the Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs) for all Community Health and Social Care staff. It lists common infection risks staff may encounter when visiting someone in their own home to provide care.


The resource is aimed at staff providing care in the community, care homes or in a homely setting and is available in the form of a free to download mobile application for Android and iPhone/iPad and as hard copy pocket guide.

The resource lists 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.  The resource was updated to include a scenario depicting a norovirus outbreak providing learning opportunities for those working in care settings relating to the practical application of the Standard Infection Control Precautions.

NES are keen to evaluate the resources and welcome feedback from users of both the app or pocket guide to assess its impact in practice. Please take a few moments to complete the short online evaluation at PIIC @ H evaluation.

Pocket Guide

Hard copy pocket guides have been distributed to health and social care staff in Scotland however if you would like to request a copy of the Preventing Infection in Care at Home pocket guide please email your requirements to

Developed in collaboration with Health Protection Scotland (HPS), Care Inspectorate and Scottish Care this resource compliments the Preventing Infection in Care DVD education programme available for all staff working in care homes, adult residential or day care or providing care in a homely setting.   See more information on the Preventing Infection in Care DVD web page


This resource is part of the foundation layer of the Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway.  Further information about the pathway is available on the pathway webpage.


Resource launched 2013, reviewed 2016, last updated March 2019.