- About the Manual
- Chapter 1 - Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs)
- Chapter 2 - Transmission Based Precautions (TBPs)
- Chapter 3 - Healthcare Infection Incidents, Outbreaks and Data Exceedance
- Scottish COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Addendum for Acute Settings
- Scottish COVID-19 Care Home Infection Prevention and Control Addendum
- Scottish COVID-19 Community Health and Care Settings Infection Prevention and Control Addendum
- Addendum for Infection Prevention and Control within Neonatal Settings (NNU)
- A-Z Pathogens
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 Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Chief Pharmaceutical Officer (CPO), Chief Dental Officer (CDO) and Chief Executive Officer of Scottish Care.
The NIPCM 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
- improve the application of knowledge and skills in infection prevention and control
- help reduce the risk of Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI)
- help alignment of practice, education, monitoring, quality improvement and scrutiny
The NIPCM currently contains guidance on Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs), Chapter 1 and Transmission Based Precautions (TBPs), Chapter 2 and Healthcare Infection incidents, outbreaks and data exceedance - Chapter 3. It is planned to further develop the content of the manual.
- 16 Sep 2021Updated Literature Review - Cough etiquette/respiratory hygiene
- 18 Aug 2021Updated PPE - Headwear literature review and recommendations
- 09 Aug 2021Updated literature review development process and footwear literature reviews
- 24 May 2021Infection Prevention and Control Manual for older people and adult care homes (Care Home IPCM) now available
- 30 Apr 20215th May - WHO Hand hygiene day 2021 - Seconds save lives – clean your hands!