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Resources to support health and social care staff, students and volunteers in Scotland with education and training in respect of Infection Prevention and Control, Decontamination of Re-usable Medical Devices (Local and Endoscopy) and Antimicrobial Prescribing, Management and Stewardship

Infection Prevention and Control Zone

In the Infection Prevention and Control Zone you will find:

  • a range of resources including e-learning modules, guides, workbooks, videos/animations and frameworks
  • tools to support learning and development in relation to infection prevention and control in local care settings and within in-house training provision

All learning resources on this site are free to use.

SIPCEP Resources Quick Finder

Check out the SIPCEP Resources Quick Finder to find the right resources for you. The SIPCEP Resources Quick Finder provides information on the target audience and types of learning resources available available on the IPC Zone.

What's new?

Visit News and Updates page for all the latest announcements and updates

📢  In it together to Get it Right: Practical Application of SICPs and TBPs

The In it together to Get it Right: Practical Application of SICPs and TBPs resource has been fully reviewed and updated. You can find the updated resource in the In it together to Get it Right: Practical Application of SICPs and TBPs page (SIPCEP Intermediate Layer). 

📢 Hand Rub update

Please note that the term ‘alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR)’ has now been updated to ‘hand rub’ in the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual (NIPCM).

 ➜ Check out all the information about this update in the News and Updates page


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What is the Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway (SIPCEP)?

A staged pathway of infection prevention and control education for all Scottish health and social care staff and students to enable them to continuously improve their knowledge and skills around infection prevention and control as part of their role.

You can find further help and information on the SIPCEP Guidance and Support page

The National Infection Prevention and Control Manual and the Care Home Infection Prevention and Control Manual (formerly known as the Infection Prevention and Control Manual for older people and adult care homes) provide national IPC guidance.


The foundation layer comprises education resources covering all 10 Standard Infection Control Precautions and other introductory IPC topics.

The intermediate layer focuses on the application of knowledge and covers a range of topics with resources in a variety of formats.

The improvement layer is aimed at those seeking to develop knowledge and skills in quality improvement relating to infection prevention and control.

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Alternative Formats

This resource may be available, in full or summary form, in alternative formats and community languages.  Please contact NHS Education for Scotland on 0131 656 3200 or email to discuss how we can best meet your requirements.

Transcripts of any videos within this resource are available on request.