Protecting yourself and your workplace environment

To ensure patients receive the appropriate level and standard of care and to ensure you as a health and social care practitioner are protected and supported during the pandemic in the workplace NHS Education for Scotland and Health Protection Scotland have produced resources to support Infection Prevention and Control learning for the health and social care settings.  

The following topics appear on this page:

Skills bundles

These multi-professional skills bundles have been developed for any health care practitioner working in any setting who may be caring for people with COVID-19. They can be used in conjunction with other resources from NES or from your own health board.

  • COVID-19 : Helping you in your role : self-protection [Unit A] 

  • COVID-19 : Helping you in your role : protecting your workplace [Unit C] 

Note: You will need to login with your Turas account to view the modules below. This account is the same as your Turas Appraisal account. If you do not have an account then please register for a free Turas account.

If you don't have a Turas account, you can access PDF versions of the modules on the CSMEN website.

Infection prevention and control : new resources

These infection prevention and control learning resources, developed by Health Protection Scotland in partnership with NHS Education for Scotland, are for people supporting the NHS services during the UK COVID-19 response in Scotland, who may be required to provide clinical care for a variety of patients, including some who are either confirmed or possible COVID-19 cases. 

Two resources have been developed: 

  1. Caring for a variety of patients including some who may be suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19  

This detailed resource aims to provide practitioners (including redeployed staff) with the key infection prevention and control measures contained in the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual that they will need to protect them and others when caring for a variety of patients, including those suspected or confirmed as a COVID-19 case. There is also a section relating to COVID-19 specific infection prevention and control guidance. 

Areas covered include: 

  • What is Coronavirus COVID-19 and how is it spread?  

  • Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs)  

  • Transmission Based Precautions (TBPs)  

  • COVID-19 IPC specific guidance  

  • What to do if you develop symptoms 

  1. Caring for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients 

This resource is a shortened version of the above and aims to provide practitioners with the additional infection prevention and control information you will need to protect yourself and others when caring for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients. 

     Areas covered include: 

  • What is Coronavirus COVID-19 and how is it spread?  

  • COVID-19 IPC guidance - disease specific 

  • What to do if you develop symptoms 

Before reading this resource, you must ensure that you are already fully aware and be able to put into practice the current Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPS) – and Transmission Based Precautions (TBPs) detailed in the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual.  

Please note: This is a rapidly evolving response and practitioners are asked to frequently refer to the website to ensure that they have access to the most current resources/guidance. 

  • Weblink to resources (Currently under review due to updated guidance).
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) : video

The correct order for putting on (donning) and the safe order for removal (doffing) and disposal of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers in a primary care setting.

Infection prevention and control : selected SIPCEP resources

Selected resources from the Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway (SIPCEP)

Short video clips