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Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway


With capacity an increasing issue in health and care together with changing learning requirements, the time has come to totally refresh and re-design a Scottish Education Programme in Infection Prevention and Control. Moreover, the move towards the integration of health and social care services highlights the need to create a pathway that is contemporary, more suitable for a wider audience and flexible in delivery.

The new pathway is user centric incorporating stakeholder feedback in its development at the outset through to delivery.  The pathway aims to enable all staff to contribute to a healthcare culture in which patient safety, in relation to infection prevention and control, is of the highest importance.

What are the benefits of the pathway?

  1. Flexible access to learning for all health and care staff and undergraduate students as appropriate to their role by adopting a modular structure
  2. Learners (with their line manager) can create personalised learning pathways – this is not a “one size fits all” programme
  3. Short learning bites in a range of formats suitable for wide multi-professional clinical and non-clinical audiences, in all health and social care settings
  4. Content aligned to the Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) core dimension outcomes and mapped to Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) to assist with personal development planning
  5. Just click and go – no need to register. The pathway will allow flexible access to learning for staff with modules self-selected as appropriate to their job role 

The pathway comprises three layers – Foundation, Intermediate and Improvement. The foundation layer will launch in June 2017 and the Intermediate and Improvement layers by Summer 2018.

Find out more information on the NES website –

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