We have produced a number of educational resources to support the COVID-19 response in partnership with a range of stakeholders.
These resources are aligned as appropriate with national guidance detailed on this website.
New resources for COVID-19 vaccinators
In partnership with NHS Education for Scotland (NHS NES) we have developed a range of learning resources to support vaccinators and those supporting the vaccination programme. They aim to help provide health and social care staff with the knowledge and skills needed to undertake safe and effective vaccination practice and to promote high uptake of the vaccine.
The resources are split into core and vaccine-specific information and are aimed at:
- registered healthcare practitioners
- healthcare support workers
Access the resources via the new TURAS Learn COVID-19 Vaccines page.
Infection prevention and control (IPC) educational resources
The information contained within this resource is based on available guidance at the time of publication on 7 December 2020.
Hand Hygiene educational resources
The following hand hygiene short films are available on Vimeo and are existing NES resources. They demonstrate the:
This short film shows the correct order for putting on, the safe order for removal, and the disposal of PPE for healthcare workers in a primary care setting (droplet). This technique could also be applied in other settings.
It aligns with guidance for PPE requirements in primary 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.
You can also view this video on YouTube.
Sampling and Testing for COVID-19
This short film describes the techniques involved in obtaining an upper respiratory tract COVID-19 diagnostic sample.
This film on the NES website provides the information and keys steps to follow to obtain a swab test from people in care homes. Its focus is on how you safely and correctly perform a swab test in the throat and nose, and includes packaging of the specimen on completion of the test.
This guidance video 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.
Further information about infection prevention and control and laboratory safety, including appropriate use of PPE, decontamination and handling of waste can be accessed at:
- PHE Guidance: COVID-19: safe handling and processing for laboratories
- COVID-19: Guidance for infection prevention and control in healthcare settings.
Further educational resources from NHS Education Scotland (NES)
The 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.