Infection prevention and control app for social care staff
Nursing workforce in social care settings can refer to digital tool newly developed to support best IPC practice in Scotland’s care homes
Nurses working in social care can now access national infection control guidance quickly and easily via an app.
The app is designed to offer nurses and other staff information and advice about infection prevention and control all in one place and is aimed at the social care workforce in Scotland.
It was developed by the Scottish Social Services Council, NHS Education for Scotland and the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre and was trialled with workers in different settings.App: Preventing infection in social care settings
Social care minister Maree Todd said: ‘The app ensures the latest infection prevention and control guidance is at social care staff’s fingertips. I am pleased to see it has been shaped by them to support and enhance their practice and ultimately improve care for people they support.’
Introductory webinars will support staff to use the app
The app is based on the latest infection prevention and control guidance and is in line with key documents such as the Care Home Infection Prevention and Control Manual.
The Scottish Social Services Council is running webinars for those interested in finding out more about the app and how to use it, on 22 August and 6 September.
Infection prevention in social care: pandemic experience
The UK’s care homes across the UK were particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, which claimed the lives of many residents as well as front-line workers.
Many in social care felt the sector had been left behind in efforts to control the spread of coronavirus with infected residents being discharged to care settings from hospital and delays in getting vital personal protective equipment.
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