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National Infection Prevention and Control Manual

National Infection Prevention and Control Manual

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The NHSScotland National Infection Prevention and Control Manual  (NIPCM) was first published on 13 January 2012, by the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO (2012)1), and updated on 17 May 2012 (CNO (2012)1 Update). 

The NIPCM was endorsed on 3 April 2017 by the following:

Fiona McQueen
Chief Nursing Officer
Dr Catherine Calderwood
Chief Medical Officer

 Fiona McQueen

 Catherine Calderwood

Rose Marie Parr
Chief Pharmaceutical Officer
Margie Taylor
Chief Dental Officer

 Rose Marie Parr

 Margie Taylor

Dr Donald Macaskill
CEO Scottish Care
 Donald Macaskill

This national manual provides guidance to all those involved in care provision and should be adopted for infection prevention and control practices and procedures. The national manual is mandatory for NHSScotland. In all other care settings to support with health and social care integration the content of this manual is considered best practice.

The manual aims to:

  • Make it easy for care staff to apply effective infection prevention and control precautions.
  • Reduce variation and optimise infection prevention and control practices throughout Scotland.
  • Help reduce the risk of Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI).
  • Help align practice, monitoring, quality improvement and scrutiny.

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