The Healthcare Associated Infections Improvement Team was established in February 2015. The team proactively works with NHS boards in Scotland to develop and test different approaches to reduce HAIs, primarily in acute care settings. The focus of the Programme's work is to build capacity and capability around improvement science and support sustained, reliable systems and processes.
The team have had requests for support from 15 NHS boards and are currently working with them around a variety of improvement projects. The most prevalent topics for HAI improvement support include:
Achieving reliable processes around compliance with Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs)
Implementation of peripheral venous cannulae (PVC) insertion and maintenance bundles
Implementation of catheter-related urinary tract infections (CAUTI) prevention bundles;
The team will continue to support improvement projects in NHS boards to improve infection control outcomes and facilitating proto- typing work to achieve sustainability at local level before scaling up and spreading which links with the long term aims.
The team will continue to foster an HAI learning community by hosting topic specific workshops and networking days for NHS boards to learn and share their work. Where applicable this will be done in partnership with other SPSP programmes such as Acute Adult and Maternity & Children.
Working with strategic partners such as NES and HPS, the team will continue to inform and influence the national infection prevention and control conversation and use improvement methodology to increase improvement capacity in NHS board.