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Healthcare Associated Infections

Preventing Infection in Care

The Preventing Infection in care education programme contains the information you need to help prevent and control the risk of infection and to provide a safe, clean environment within all care settings including care homes, home environments, residential housing and day care services for adults.

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.


The Preventing Infection in Care education programme, launched by NHS Education and the Care Inspectorate in 2011, has been reviewed and updated and the content aligned to the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual. The education programme comprises:

Induction Programme

An introduction to infection prevention and control for people new to care environments. The induction section offers frequent opportunities to pause, reflect and document your thoughts and ideas on how the knowledge can be applied to your care setting.

Main Programme

A comprehensive range of information on topics including causes of infection, common infections experienced in care environments and the measures you should take if there is an outbreak of infection in your care setting. It also provided guidance on the Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs). how you can break the chain of infection and how to prevent the spread of infection to those you care for, yourself, your colleagues and others.

Preventing Infection in Care Pocket Guide

This education resource is one part of a suite of resources to support staff in practice with implementation of chapter 1 – Standard Infection Control Precautions of the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual.  The SICPs are evidence based and are intended for use by staff delivering care in a variety of health and care settings.  You can request these pocket guides from


Accompanying the DVD in the pack is a CD-Rom which contains assessment tools such as a self-assessment, an activity log and multiple choice questions to check your knowledge. There is also an assessment workbook which can be completed online or as a printable version - this offers a certificate of completion providing evidence of achievement.  In addition, many of the topic areas include links and signposts to further reading.

To access the CD-Rom documents, go the the Preventing Infection in Care Resources webpage.

To view the individual video files for the induction and main programme, do to the video files webpage.


The DVD/CD-Rom was distributed to all Scottish care homes in May 2016. If you work in another social care setting and wish to obtain a copy, please email with your contact details and full postal address.

The resource is only available for health and social care staff in Scotland due to funding restrictions for hard copy resources.



Resource launched 2011, reviewed and updated 2016. Due for review 2019.