health and health care

Lives less restricted: a report into the use of compulsory community treatment in Scotland

Report that reflects findings from a programme of visits to people who were subject to compulsory treatment orders with community based powers, i.e. who were not liable to be detained in hospital. The orders are referred to as Community Compulsory Treatment Orders (CCTOs).

The visits took place between November 2010 and March 2011.

Caring for our future: shared ambitions for care and support

Leaflet that explains how people can get involved in the 'Caring for our future': shared ambitions for care and support' engagement.

Preventing infection in care: introduction

Introduction to the 'Preventing Infection in Care' resource, which contains programmes on the causes of infection; information on common infections experienced in care homes; and a programme that describes the steps you should take if there is an outbreak of infection in your setting.

Preventing infection in care: induction

Short induction programme introducing the 10 standard infection control precautions – the practical steps that can be taken to prevent infections.

Preventing infection in care: causes of infection

Most micro-organisms are harmless, but some can have serious consequences particularly for vulnerable groups including older people or people with certain medical conditions.

This video resource documents particular causes of infection and how to control them.

Preventing infection in care: specific infections

Vulnerable people can take longer to recover from infections and some can be life threatening.

This video resource documents specific infections - what they are, what symptoms they cause, how they are transmitted, and how they are managed and can be controlled.

Preventing infection in care: outbreaks of infection

Despite the best efforts of everyone involved, outbreaks of infection may occur, and whilst infections can affect people of all ages, older people living in care homes can suffer more severe illness and a more rapid deterioration.

This video resource documents best practice for dealing with outbreaks of infection in care.

Preventing infection in care: introduction to standard infection control precautions (SICPs)

There are 10 elements to the standard infection control precautions (SICPs) providing international guidance on infection prevention and control.

SICPs are the necessary precautions that all health and social care staff must adhere to, to reduce the risk of transmission of micro-organisms from both recognised and unrecognised sources of infection.

This video resource details the 10 elements to SICPs.

Preventing infection in care: hand hygiene

The most common way germs are spread is by people's hands. Hands are covered in a range of micro-organisms, many harmless, but some can also cause illnesses such as diarrhoea and vomiting, flu and other serious illness.

This video resource documents appropriate hand hygiene for working in care environments.

Preventing infection in care: personal protective equipment

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is a requirement of health and safety legislation. It is used to protect staff and people you care for to reduce the opportunities for spreading infections.

This video resource documents the types of, and uses of, personal protective equipment.