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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.

CORONAVIRUS: Revised PPE Guidance 

Revised PPE Guidance has been issued by the CMO and CNO.

It outlines what PPE frontline health and social care workers should be wearing in different settings and scenarios. 

The updates reflect the fact that COVID-19 is now widespread in the community, meaning clinicians and care workers are more likely to see people with the virus, some of who will not have symptoms yet.

The guidance itself recommends the safest level of PPE to protect health and social care workers and it specifies the type of PPE that should be worn in the various healthcare and social care settings where patients or residents could be cared for.

COVID-19 Multi-Professional Educational Skills Bundles

CSMEN has developed a number of multi-professional skills bundles for use in any setting with patients with suspected COVID-19 and have been designed to support:

  • any healthcare practitioner working in the NHS or Social Care in Scotland
  • practitioners returning to the workplace as part of their induction
  • healthcare students who have been recruited

These resources are regularly reviewed and updated in line with current best evidence and can be found here

Multi professional Educational Skills Bundles

Unit A: COVID-19 Helping you in your role - Self-Protection

This unit is about protecting yourself in the workplace when working with people suspected of having COVID-19. Topics covered include: health protection behaviours; hand hygiene; donning and doffing PPE; social distancing in the workplace; implementing self-isolation measures; and psychosocial support and wellbeing.

Unit B: COVID-19 Helping you in your role - Assessment and Management

This unit is about assessment and management of suspected COVID-19 infection. Topics include: demonstrating infection control measures and communication skills​; gathering clinical information​; undertaking clinical examination; skills linked to investigations and findings; documenting findings using relevant tools​ and patient management skills using best evidence.

Unit C: COVID-19 Helping you in your role - Protecting your Workplace

This unit is about protecting your workplace when working with people suspected of having COVID-19. Topics include: how to safely decontaminate and manage clinical waste; safe manual handling​; referral pathway and routes of presentation of COVID-19​; and providing guidance for patients and families.

To support the skills bundles, CSMEN have also developed two units on how to enhance practitioner skills using simulation.

Skills for Practitioners

Unit D: COVID-19 Helping you in your role - Procedural Skills using Simulation

This unit is about learning the relevant procedural skills required for the assessment, diagnosis and management of a patient with suspected COVID-19 in the community, primary or secondary care settings using simulation.

Unit E: COVID-19 Helping you in your role - Rehearsing Skills using Simulation

Simulation can be used to develop confidence and competence in technical skills such as venepuncture and IV cannulation and non-technical skills such as teamworking and leadership. This unit describes the important stages involved in simulation​ and provides scenarios for practising in different settings with COVID-19.  The development of a shared mental model of the learning outcomes will help practitioners have a common understanding of when it is most effective and efficient to utilise use simulation in preparing the workforce.

Coronavirus - Helpful tools for VC Meetings

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, members from cohort 12 of the Scottish Quality Safety Fellowship, with Hazel White from Open Change, have created visuals on 3 key topics which they hope are of benefit to others:  These resources are available below as PowerPoints and PDF Posters.  We hope you find them useful

  1. Stress, Coping and Resilience; 
  2. Difficult Conversations - Why we need to talk about dying;
  3. Care Homes and Coronavirus.

If you have any queries or want to enquire about an urgent remote, rural and island healthcare training need, then please contact the RRHEAL team on