Care home staff in Scotland are to be given a free educational resource to help prevent and control infection.
NHS Education for Scotland has joined with Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland to develop a DVD learning scheme and a CD of additional measures, as well as links to other courses being run by NES.
Preventing Infection in Care seeks to enable the consistent infection control procedures across a mobile workforce in care homes. It will help providers to meet their targets as well as ensuring that staff have the right skills base to curb infection outbreaks.
The scheme, developed through the Care Homes for older people curriculum advisory group, is available to anyone providing care. The group includes representations from Scottish Care, the Association of Directors of Social Work, care home providers, nurses and other stakeholders.
Staff providing care in the community and care at home were identified as a key requirement when it came to educational needs, with a goal of delivering an equivalent programme of learning for Healthcare Associated Infections to that enjoyed in hospitals.
David Cumming of SCSWIS said: “We welcome this new educational programme as a practical resource for those working in care homes and the home environment. This important resource will increase their knowledge and skills in infection control with the aim of improving standards of care and support for those who use services.”