National policies, guidance and outbreaks

Producing evidence based guidance and providing expert advice on infection prevention and control to reduce the risk of Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI). Supporting NHS boards and health protection teams to prevent, prepare for and manage HAI outbreaks and incidents and share lessons learned.

National Infection Prevention and Control Manual

The National Infection Prevention and Control Manual (NIPCM) is the mandatory practice guide for infection prevention and control (IPC) for NHSScotland and is best practice in all other care settings. It is evidence based and covers standard infection control precautions (SICPs), transmission based precautions (TBPs) and healthcare infection incidents, outbreaks and data exceedance. The NIPCM aims to provide care staff with easily accessible information for infection prevention and control. It also aims to reduce practice variation across NHS Scotland and reduce the risk of HAI.

HAI compendium

The HAI compendium contains links to current national policy and guidance on HAI, antimicrobial prescribing and resistance, decontamination, and other related topics. Updated on a monthly basis it aims to provide NHSScotland staff with an overview of all up-to-date guidance from stakeholders and organisations.

Guidance and publications

We produce infection prevention and control guidance, publications and information leaflets based on current scientific guidance and practice aimed at supporting care staff in effective application of infection prevention and control.

Healthcare associated infection incidents and outbreaks

Chapter 3 of the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual (NIPCM) supports NHSScotland boards in the early recognition of potential infection incidents. It also provides a guide for Incident Management Teams to help assess and investigate any outbreaks and incidents.

Included within the chapter are assessment tools and a reporting template which allows NHS Scotland boards to report incidents to ARHAI. This in turn enables a single channel of infection incident and outbreak assessment as well as information reporting, both internally within a NHS board area and externally to ARHAI and Scottish Government Health and Social Care Department (SGHSCD). The data is used to identify possible and emerging healthcare associated infection, infection prevention and control (IPC) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threats within Scotland, as well as informing learning for the wider IPC community.