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Healthcare Associated Infections

HAI News

You can keep up-to-date with all the latest developments here or by subscribing to the bi-monthly HAI E-bulletin using the scribe box on the right hand side of the HAI webpage.  


Antiobiotics: Handle with Care and Keep Them Working - November 2017

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing us today. Without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous. To slow resistance we need to reduce the unnecessary use of antibiotics. Visit the antibiotic guardian website and play your part by making a pledge today to safeguard antibiotics for the future. Visit Antibiotic Guardian website.

NES Education resources to support antimicrbial resistance, prescribing and stewardship available on the website

Latest edition of the HAI e-bulletin out - September 2017

The latest edition of the HAI e-bulletin is out - download your copy

Reminder: Cleanliness Champions Programme closes 31st August 2017

The Cleanliness Champions Programme will no longer be available after 31st August 2017.  All new learners seeking infection control training should undertake relevant modules from the Standard Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway foundation layer. More information available on the NES website.

Latest edition of the HAI e-bulletin out - SIPCEP Special - July 2017

The latest edition of the HAI e-bulletin is out - download your copy

Improving bladder health and reducing urinary tract infections - June 2017

New videos now available on the NES webiste for use in local education provision. View from the NES webpage.

Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway (SIPCEP) - May 2017

Only a month to go until launch of the foundation layer of the pathway on 20th June 2017 at the NHSScotland Conference.  There has been a lot of activity over the last fews week including the release of a video message from the Associate Chief Nursing Officer, launch of Why IPC Matters as a taster module ahead of the pathway launch and a range of documents to help support the implementation of the pathway locally.  For all the latest, visit the pathway news and update webpage.

Aseptic Technique and Injecting into Body Cavities – NEW animation available - April 2017

The HAI Team, working with stakeholder representatives through an Advisory Group, have developed an animation on Aseptic Technique and injecting into joint cavities for general practitioners, podiatrists, physiotherapists, rheumatologists and junior hospital doctors. The animation is scenario based and follows the process from initial consultation to the actual procedure showcasing aseptic technique in practice. The animation is available on the NES website.

Help Support World Hand Hygiene Day (5th May 2017)

Hand hygiene is at the core of effective infection prevention and control to combat antibiotic resistance and campaigning each year on or around 5th May is one important part of improving behaviour towards infection prevention and control best practice.  The World Health Organisation website has lots of information, tools and activities to help you play your part.  Visit the WHO website and find out more.

New HAI resource leaflet now available - April 2017

The 2017/18 HAI educational resource leaflet is now available. To order your copies of the leaflet contact the HAI Team at The leaflet can also be downloaded from the NES website.

National Infection Prevention and Control Manual Chapter 3 - April 2017

Health Protection Scotland launched Chapter 3 - Healthcare Infections, Incidents, Outbreaks and Data Excedance on 3rd April 2017 along with revised appendices and resources to support implementation.  Find out more at NIPCM website

HAI Acute Hospital Admission Screening - March 2017

A reminder that this module was launched on learnPro NHS in January 2017 and is available to all Boards. In addition, we have now published a 2-page Quick Reference Guide (A4 format) which can be displayed or used as a handout. It shows key content and visual aids from the e-learning module and can be downloaded from the NES website.

Quality Prescribing: WebEX session available to find out how Scottish Reduction in Antimicrobial Prescribing (ScRAP) Programme can help you and your staff - February 2016

The Scottish Reduction in Antimicrobial Prescribing (ScRAP) Programme resources have recently been updated and extended to support improvement in urinary tract infection management.  Although primarily aimed at GP practices, ScRAP may also be of interest to others involved in the assessment and management of infection in primary care, for example district nurses and care home staff.

Learn more by registering for our WebEx session which will take place on Wednesday 1 March 2017 from 1–2pm.  Please email to indicate your interest by Friday 24 February 2017.  See Flyer for more information.

Latest edition of the HAI e-bulletin out - January 2017

The latest edition of the HAI e-bulletin is out - download your copy 

HAI Acute Admission Screening Module - January 2017

The e-learning module ‘HAI Acute Hospital Admission Screening’ will be made available on learnPro on 16th January 2017 and replaces the NES/HPS: MRSA module. 

The HAI Acute Hospital Admission Screening module is aimed at healthcare workers, including students, in acute hospital settings involved in: 

  • patient admission assessments including Clinical Risk Assessments (CRAs) 
  • taking admission samples to be tested in the Microbiology Laboratory 

The module gives an overview of MRSA and CPE and discusses the screening process which includes completing a Clinical Risk Assessment (CRA) when a patient is admitted to an acute hospital. Further information available on the NES website

Cleanliness Champions Programme registration closed - 30 Nov 2016

The Cleanliness Champions Programme is now closed for registrations. All learners already registered will completed the programme as normal, and all CCP modules and resources will be available until 31st August 2017.

We will launch the new Scottish Infection Prevention & Control Education Pathway in summer 2017. Find out more about the pathway on our website

In order to provide continuous access to IPC education until all new pathway modules are launched, you can access the CCP e-learning modules on learnPro on a self-select modular basis, even if you are not registered. Search for “Champions” in the learnPro search window and then add it to your learning. You can just complete the e-learning modules you need.


Earlier news articles can be found on the news archive page.