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New Intermediate and Improvement Layers resources for SIPCEP

New Intermediate and Improvement Layers resources for SIPCEP

The NES Public Health Team has published new resources for the Intermediate and Improvement Layers of the Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway (SIPCEP) on Turas Learn.

Intermediate Layer – eLearning modules

These new eLearning modules are available on Turas Learn for all Scottish health and social care staff and students. A certificate of completion can be downloaded after successful completion of each module. Please note: The modules will only be visible if users are logged in.

In addition, the modules will be available in some boards on their learnPro platform, if they have been requested from NES. 

Management and Control of CPE in Scottish acute healthcare settings

The aim of this module is to give staff practical advice on the management and control of Carbapenemase Producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) in Scottish acute healthcare settings.

This module focuses on the management of CPE positive patients and those at risk. This will help staff and others prevent the spread of CPE when patients are admitted to hospital and during their stay.

  • The module includes a CPE scenario and also provides an overview of transmission-based precautions (TBPs) necessary to prevent the spread of CPE and other multidrug resistant organisms (MDROs).

Target groups: The module is intended for frontline clinical staff in acute healthcare settings. Staff can easily find the module by logging into Turas Learn ( and typing CPE into the Turas Learn search bar.

Please note: Staff involved in carrying out Clinical Risk Assessments (CRAs) or collecting microbiological samples might find it helpful to also complete the “HAI Acute Hospital Admission Screening” module.

Further details of the module can be found on the NES HAI website at: /education-and-training/by-theme-initiative/healthcare-associated-infections/online-short-courses/management-and-control-of-cpe-in-scottish-acute-healthcare-settings.aspx

Preventing Hazards in the Workplace

The aim of this resource is to give learners the skills and knowledge they need to help them prevent occupational risks in the workplace. There are 3 modules in this resource.

Learners can select modules most relevant to their role. Module 1 is suitable for all learners, and modules 2 and 3 should only be undertaken once it has been completed, and they are not relevant for all learners.

  • Module 1: Principles of health and safety
  • Module 2: Maintaining skin health at work
  • Module 3: Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE)

Target groups: Modules 1-3 are ideal for all clinical and non-clinical staff new to healthcare. The resource is also suitable for more experienced staff in any setting who want to refresh their knowledge or update skills. Please note that Module 3 is currently being reviewed. Staff can easily find the modules by logging into Turas Learn ( and typing hazards into the Turas Learn search bar.

Further details of the modules can be found on the NES HAI website at: /education-and-training/by-theme-initiative/healthcare-associated-infections/online-short-courses/preventing-and-reducing-risks-in-the-workplace.aspx

Improvement Layer

We have now published learning resources for the SIPCEP Improvement Layer on Turas Learn. The Improvement Layer is also freely accessible for all Scottish health and social care staff and students, once logged into Turas Learn.

The improvement layer is designed for those who wish to develop knowledge and skills in relation to infection prevention and control and quality improvement and lead on or actively participate in an infection prevention and control improvement project in their place of work.

An infection prevention and control worked example and tools are provided to illustrate each stage of the improvement journey.

We would be very grateful for any feedback on the Improvement Layer via the feedback link on the front page of the Improvement Layer.

For further information contact Sabine Nolte, Principal Educator - Infection Prevention and Control: