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Early success for Scottish Infection Control resource


More than 160,000 infection control learning modules have been completed across NHS, social care and Further and Higher Education Institutions in the 12 months since the Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway (SIPCEP) foundation layer was launched.

SIPCEP is the first national and international pathway providing flexible infection prevention and control education to health and social care staff and students. The foundation layer comprises a range of modules covering the 10 Standard Infection Control Precautions and other introductory infection prevention and control topics.

Dr Sabine Nolte, one of the Project Leads for SIPCEP said:

“We are delighted that staff and students have embraced the first stage of the pathway with feedback being positive and constructive. We will continue to focus on supporting our stakeholders to implement and deliver the pathway locally to ensure opportunities to access this resource are as wide reaching and diverse as possible

The pathway supports the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual and comprises modules that cover all Standard Infection Control Precautions.

NHS Education for Scotland continues to support health boards to implement the foundation layer of the pathway through a variety of engagement approaches. Many health boards have incorporated the pathway into their IPC education strategies. Some health boards have incorporated SIPCEP modules (such as Hand Hygiene, Why IPC Matters and PPE) into induction programmes for specific staff groups.

The foundation layer of SIPCEP has been incorporated in all nursing and dental undergraduate programmes and in several AHP and medical curricula. Agreement was reached with schools of pharmacy to include modules in their curricula and within clinical skills training. Interest has been expressed by further education colleges and the pathway is in the process of being integrated into health and social care courses.

The pathway modules are delivered online and are available to download as pdf files from the NES website to support different styles of learning and levels of digital literacy. The pathway provides flexible access to learning for staff and students appropriate to their role and adopts a modular structure. The content is contemporary and suitable for wide multi-professional clinical and non-clinical audiences, in all health and social care settings.

The SIPCEP journey continues with the intermediate and improvement layers being phased in over Summer 2018.

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