The interactive game is designed around a nurse going about their everyday tasks using best infection control practices.
Staff are tested on hand hygiene, linen disposal and commode use. Points are gained for poor practice and the aim is to achieve as low a score as possible.
The game gives instant feedback and staff can return to the game to try and improve their score.
Carol Hallam, lead infection control nurse at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust in Yorkshire, where the game is being piloted, said:
‘Traditional [training] methods are time consuming and it is often difficult for staff to get off wards to attend sessions. There is also no evidence to show that these methods change the attitudes and behaviours of staff.
‘Attitude is a key factor in how staff perform in relation to infection control, and there is evidence to suggest that video games can change attitudes. If we are to have sustainable changes we need to start by changing bad habits,’ she added.
The trials are due to begin at the end of the year.