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NHS Lanarkshire's Healthcare Associated Infections Learning Strategy 

 

NHS Lanarkshire is one of few Boards to have developed and implemented a learning strategy to ensure that staff are supported in providing good quality service and minimising Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs). It sets out a set out a clear direction for the provision of learning support for staff whose roles contribute to the prevention and management of HAIs. The Strategy further aims to produce an informed workforce that has the opportunities to learn and acquire appropriate knowledge and skills, commensurate with their work activities. Lanarkshire has more than 730 staff who have completed the national Cleanliness Champions Programme. However, many more staff have undertaken the programme as part of their undergraduate courses.


Key within the strategy is the Cleanliness Champions Programme, a national training initiative aimed at frontline staff to enable them to act as role models to assist in the prevention and control of infections. Topics include hand hygiene, the chain of infection, the safe use and disposal of needles and the role of cleaning, laundry and housekeeping in maintaining a clean environment.

This programme is undertaken by all disciplines and is currently subject to national review and is due for relaunch in autumn 2011.

Lanarkshire has more than 730 staff who have completed the national Cleanliness Champions Programme. However, many more staff have undertaken the programme as part of their undergraduate courses.