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National Infection control manual

The NHSScotland National Infection Prevention and Control Manual was first published on 13 January 2012. It is an evidence based National Infection Prevention and Control (NIP&C) Manual for Scotland and is intended to be used by all those involved in care provision. 

The manual contains information on Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs), Transmission Based Precautions (TBPs), Healthcare Infection incidents, outbreaks and data exceedance. It is mandatory for NHS Scotland and considered best practice in all other care settings. It should be adopted for all infection prevention and control practices and procedures

Infection prevention and control powerpoint training slides
National Guidance for Safe Management of Linen in NHS Scotland

This national guidance, is complemented by the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual Chapter 1 – Standard Infection Control Precautions – which covers safe management of linen at care area level. It is a useful resource for care homes when formulating policy and procedures governing safe management of linen within their facility. 

Patient Information Leaflets

Influenza vaccination leaflets


MRSA (meticillin resistant staphylococcus aureus)

Clostridium difficile advice leaflets

(CPE) Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae advice leaflets

HPS compendium of Healthcare Associated Infection Guidance 2019

The HAI Compendium contains links to current national policy and guidance on HAI, antimicrobial prescribing and resistance, decontamination and other related topics. The compendium aims to provide NHSScotland staff with an overview of all up to date guidance from stakeholders/organisations. 

The Compendium includes links to the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual (NIPCM) which is the mandatory practice guide for all NHSScotland care settings. As well as the practice guide for Standard Infection Control Precautions, Transmission Based Precautions and HAI Incidents and Outbreaks it includes supporting materials such as literature reviews, tools and posters. The NIPCM can be accessed on a standalone website.