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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 hard copy pocket guide and free to download PDF. 

Pocket Book and PDF March 2020 (pdf)

If you would like to request a copy of the pocket guide please email your requirements to

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 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 2020.