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NES Launches New Infection Control Pathway

Introducing the Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway


Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport Shona Robison joined NHS Education for Scotland (NES) Chief Executive Caroline Lamb at the NHSScotland Event in Glasgow last week for the launch of the Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway (SIPCEP), a new training resource to help health and care staff combat infection.

Developed by the Healthcare Associated Infections team at NES, the pathway is designed to enable staff and students working in health and social care to continuously improve their knowledge and skills around infection prevention and control as part of their role. 

Caroline Lamb said: “NHS Education for Scotland is leading the way in demonstrating a national approach to infection prevention and control. The pathway will enable all staff to contribute to a healthcare culture in which patient safety related to infection prevention and control is of the highest importance.”

The pathway offers learners the flexibility to create their own development journey suited to their specific needs and role, and adopts a modular structure with short learning bites and a range of standalone resources that can be used in local training.   

The pathway comprises three layers – foundation, intermediate and improvement. The foundation layer of the pathway covers all 10 Standard infection Control Precautions and other introductory infection prevention and control topics, and is currently available on learnPro NHS and community portals.  The intermediate and improvement layers will be available from Summer 2018.

Helpful tools and resources including extensive FAQs page, videos and information about each pathway layer can be found on the NES website at


Further Information From

Ian Williamson,

Senior Officer (Communications), NHS Education for Scotland, 0141 656 4367