COVID-19 workforce education information and resources

HPS, in partnership with a range of stakeholders, has produced a number of educational resources to support the COVID-19 response.

These resources are aligned as appropriate with national guidance detailed on this website. Due to the rapidly evolving nature of this response practitioners should refer to the relevant HPS COVID-19 pages regularly to ensure they are accessing the most up to date guidance and associated resources.

Infection prevention and control

New learning resources: UK Coronavirus COVID-19 response - Infection prevention and control measures

These infection prevention and control learning resources developed by HPS in partnership with NHS Education for Scotland (NES) are for people supporting the NHS services during the UK COVID-19 response in Scotland who may be required to provide clinical care for a variety of patients including some who are either confirmed or possible COVID-19 cases.

Three resources have been developed:

1. New recorded webinar

COVID-19 Infection prevention and control in Health and Social Care settings - an overview

To support health and social care staff involved in the COVID-19 response, Health Protection Scotland (part of Public Health Scotland), NHS National Services Scotland and NHS Education for Scotland have produced a short recorded webinar.

This resource will:

  • Provide an overview of current IPC information to health and social care staff who are supporting the UK COVID-19 response
  • Highlight and answer frequently asked questions received by Health Protection Scotland
  • Signpost staff to relevant resources

Areas covered include:

  • Coronavirus COVID-19-what is it and how is it spread?
  • What are the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Precautions required to prevent the spread of -COVID-19 including Standard infection prevention and control precautions and transmission based precautions?
  • Restricting visiting to health care facilities
  • Staff health
  • Key messages
  • Signposting for key resources

The webinar is approximately 19 minutes long.

2. UK Coronavirus COVID-19 Response

Infection prevention and control measures - caring for a variety of patients including some who may be suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19

This detailed resource aims to provide practitioners (perhaps redeployed staff) with the key infection prevention and control measures contained in the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual that they will need to protect them and others when caring for a variety of patients including those suspected or confirmed as a COVID-19 case. There is also a section relating to COVID-19 specific infection prevention and control guidance.

Areas covered include:

  • What  is  Coronavirus COVID-19 and how is it spread?
  • Standard infection control precautions (SICPS)
  • Transmission based precautions (TBPs)
  • COVID-19 IPC specific guidance
  • What to do if you develop symptoms

3. UK Coronavirus COVID-19 Response

Infection prevention and control measures - caring for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients

This resource is a shortened version of the above and aims to provide practitioners with the additional infection prevention and control information you will need to protect yourself and others when caring for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients.

Areas covered include:

  • What is Coronavirus COVID-19 and how is it spread?
  • COVID-19 IPC guidance- disease specific
  • What to do if you develop symptoms

Before reading this resource you must ensure that you are already fully aware and be able to put into practice the current Standard infection control precautions (SICPS) – and Transmission based precautions (TBPs) detailed in the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual.

Hand Hygiene

The following hand hygiene short video clips are existing NES resources and may also be of interest to practitioners: 

Personal Protective Equipment - correct order for donning and doffing personal protective equipment

These short video clips align with guidance in relation to PPE requirements for primary care and secondary care settings. However, the PPE donning and doffing shown is not exclusive to these settings as PPE requirements for practitioners will vary depending on the clinical activities being undertaken.

Current guidance relating to PPE is liable to change and practitioners are reminded to refer to current guidance which can be accessed on this website.

Primary care settings

The correct order for putting on (donning) and the safe order for removal (doffing) and disposal of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers in a primary care setting (droplet) this technique could also be applied in other settings.

Sampling and Testing for COVID-19

Obtaining an upper respiratory tract diagnostic sample

HPS, working in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, has produced a short video clip to support colleagues required to obtain an upper respiratory tract diagnostic sample.

This resource describes the techniques involved in obtaining an upper respiratory tract COVID-19 diagnostic sample and covers the:

  • options available in relation to COVID-19-Upper respiratory tract samples
  • technique involved in obtaining a nose swab
  • technique involved in obtaining a throat swab

​Packaging of diagnostic samples for onward transportation

This short videoclip outlines the correct way to package samples from suspected COVID-19 patients for Category B transport, in line with UN3373 requirements. It is part of the initial investigation of possible cases collection. ​

It is anticipated that this will be of interest to practitioners in a variety of settings.

NES resources

Turas Learn website has a range of NES educational and induction resources for all health and social care staff and volunteers deployed to support clinical services. Requirements are under constant review and additional resources will be added as required.

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