Healthcare Associated Infections

Section: The ALLIANCEType: News Item Date Published: 22nd November 2019

Healthcare Improvement Scotland seeking involvement in development of new standards for Healthcare Associated Infections.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) are in the process of developing new standards for Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) within Scotland. These infections occur as a direct result of being in a health or social care setting and can be due to a lack of cleanliness or inadequate facilities. The use of antibiotics will also be considered, as the more antibiotics people are prescribed, the less effect they can have on some bacteria, leading to hospital ‘superbugs’ that are difficult to treat.

HIS last published standards for HAIs in 2015. Since then there have been events such as outbreaks at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and delays to the new Edinburgh Sick Kids hospital which have led to an increased focus on preventable infections.

If you have experienced HAIs directly, have experience as an unpaid carer or family member, or you work for an organisation that supports people and communities who are more likely to experience these infections, HIS would welcome your involvement.

You can be involved by:

  • Joining their standards development group to work with clinicians, microbiologists, nurses, pharmacists and building managers to write the standards
  • Sharing your experiences by using an online survey, taking part in a focus groups or individual conversations
  • Sharing this opportunity with other people and communities for whom this work is of interest

The first scoping group meeting will take place in February 2020, with the development group meeting from June 2020.

If you are interested in becoming involved you can contact Rachel Hewitt at or 0141 414 2442.

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