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Coronavirus (COVID-19) learning materials for staff working in health and social care. 

Updated Guidance November 2021

The National Infection Prevention and Control Manual (NIPCM)

The NIPCM has been updated and re-launched by the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) on Monday 11 July 2022. The content has been updated to reflect the transition from the Winter Respiratory Infection Prevention and Control Addendum. You can also view a short animation, providing an overview of the NIPCM.

Vaccination and swab testing

For information and support around vaccines, vaccination and swab testing please follow the links below:


NHS Education for Scotland (NES) are developing a range of educational and induction resources for all  health and social care staff deployed or redeployed to support services. The website will be regularly reviewed and updated in line with current advice and as new material becomes available.

Please see Health Protection Scotland website for regularly updated information and Scotland-specific guidance for professionals and organisations.

Information for the public on COVID-19 can be found on NHS Inform.


Topic Pages on This Site

  • Assessment and care of people with COVID-19

    Resources to support assessment, testing and care for the acutely unwell person. Includes sections for Doctors and ANPs, Midwifery and Obstetrics and those treating unwell children.

  • Protecting yourself and your workplace environment

    Resources to support staff with infection prevention and control and proper use of PPE when caring for suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19.

  • Psychosocial mental health and wellbeing support

    Key resources to support the mental health and wellbeing of you and your staff members. Includes sections on managing stress, coping and resilience.

  • Palliative and end of life care

    Resources to enable staff working across all health and social care settings to provide the best support to people at the end of life. Includes sections on background information, people with complex needs, communication and the needs of staff.

  • Death and bereavement

    Resources to support health and social care practitioners with care and communication at the time of and after a death.

  • Mouth care advice

    Advice and supporting resources for practitioners providing mouth care during the COVID-19 pandemic in a variety of health and social care settings.

  • Practice in the community setting

    Resources to support you working in Community settings. Includes sections on clinical practice, communication, IPC, staff wellbeing and resilience.

  • Support workers

    Information and guidance for support workers in all health and care settings.

  • Volunteers and carers

    Resources for volunteers and carers.

  • Guidance and evidence

    Sources of up to date and trustworthy evidence and guidance relevant to the treatment and management of COVID-19 for health and care staff. Includes guidance for healthcare professionals, specific populations / staff groups, and the general public.

  • Tools and apps

    Tools and apps to support staff during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Includes sections on clinical decision making, communication, remote working and consultations.

Sector and Healthboard Topic Sites

Support from the Scottish Deanery for trainees

The Deanery has set up a COVID-19 page with guidance and documents relating to the impact on training.

Contact for all your queries relating to COVID-19.

Support from the NES Pharmacy team for PRPS trainees

The NHS Education for Scotland (NES) Pharmacy team have set up a COVID-19 page with guidance and documents relating to the impact on training.

Contact for all your queries relating to COVID-19.

Support for Dentists

For dentists, guidance is available on the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) website.

Contact details

We are happy to receive feedback to help improve the package:

  • Please contact NES at
  • For NMAHP-related feedback, contact
  • For pharmacy feedback, contact
  • Psychosocial support and wellbeing content contact :
  • Feedback on the skills bundles please contact :