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.

This video is a supplementary educational resource, which is aligned to national guidance outlined within the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual and Scottish COVID-19 Addendum for Infection Prevention and Control and covers the following areas:

  • 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

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.

COVID-19 Pandemic response – Infection Prevention and Control

A guide for healthcare staff self-testing for coronavirus using a Lateral Flow Device (LFD)

These infection prevention and control learning resources have been developed by NHS Education for Scotland in partnership with Scottish Government as part of the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic  and its commitment to controlling infection and supporting our patient-facing NHS Scotland staff in hospitals, Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) and COVID-19 Assessment Centres.

1.  Guidance document : a guide for healthcare staff self-testing for coronavirus using a Lateral Flow Device (LFD)

This guidance document outlines the contents of the Lateral Flow Device kit, how to swab yourself and perform the test safely and accurately. The guide also explains how to read and report your results, and actions to take should you receive a positive test result.

2.   Video : the Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland talks staff through the process of performing a Lateral Flow Device test for Covid-19

3.   Video : a guide for healthcare staff self-testing for coronavirus using a Lateral Flow Device

4.  Slideset: COVID-19 self-testing for healthcare staff using a Lateral Flow Device

These PowerPoint slides detail the steps you should follow to perform a COVID-19 self-test using a Lateral Flow Device. These slides can be used to provide training for staff on how to correctly and safely perform a self-swabbing test.

5. Poster : a guide for healthcare staff self-testing for coronavirus using a Lateral Flow Device (LFD)

This poster can be printed off for use in clinical areas or as an additional support material for the guidance document.

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

 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) : videos

Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE)

This module covers the safe use of FFP3 respirators in the healthcare environment.

Infection prevention and control : selected SIPCEP resources

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

Short video clips

Webinars

Webinars: Infection Prevention and Control during the COVID-19 Pandemic - Supporting, Valuing and Listening to Health and Social Care Workers

NHS Education for Scotland, ARHAI Scotland and the Scottish Government invited all those working in health and social care settings to attend a FREE webinar on “Infection Prevention and Control during the COVID-19 Pandemic - Supporting, Valuing and Listening to Health and Social Care Workers” in March 2021.

The two webinars gave staff the opportunity to put any concerns and questions to a panel of clinical experts and frontline staff. They provided the latest information on infection prevention and control measures and the scientific base that underpins them. Experts shared intelligence on the routes of transmission, including the new variants of COVID-19, and highlighted how different interventions prevent transmission. 
 

Webinar details

90 mins: 45 mins presentations / 45 mins Q&A session with a panel of experts

Learning outcomes:

  • Explain how COVID-19 is transmitted
  • Recognise the sources of information on which current infection prevention and control COVID-19 guidance is developed and reviewed
  • Describe the different layers of control measures put in place to protect those working in health and social care settings during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Explain how data and information on outbreaks informs practice

A video recording of the webinar on 17 March 2021, the PowerPoint presentation slides (with and without notes), a PDF with the slides and notes, and a PDF with a transcript of both Q&A sessions are now available below.

​​​​​​Please note: All information was accurate at the time of the webinars. Please ensure that you also access the most current resources and guidance.
 

Webinar recording (video) and other resources

We have provided the content of the webinar in different formats. You can either watch the video recording, or you can use the PowerPoint presentation (with or without notes) or PDF documents with slides and notes.

 

Questions by webinar attendees and answers from the panel of experts

Webinar questions and answers

We have collated the questions asked during the two live webinars and the answers from our expert panel in the document below:

Feedback

Once you have attended a live webinar or watched a recording, please provide us with your feedback, so we can continue to improve the webinars:

Infection Prevention and Control during the Covid-19 Pandemic - Supporting, Valuing and Listening to Health and Social Care Workers: Feedback form.