Infection prevention and control (IPC) educational resources

We have produced a number of educational resources to support the COVID-19 response in partnership with a range of stakeholders.

These resources are aligned as appropriate with national guidance detailed on this website.

COVID-19 IPC resource

This resource is currently under review.

Visit the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual (NIPCM) website for current infection prevention and control guidance.

Hand Hygiene

This hand hygiene film shows the correct use of alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR).


This hand hygiene film shows the correct hand hygiene technique using soap and water.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

This short film shows the correct order for putting on, the safe order for removal, and the disposal of PPE for healthcare workers in a primary care setting (droplet). This technique could also be applied in other settings.

It aligns with guidance for PPE requirements in primary and secondary care settings. However, the PPE donning and doffing shown is not exclusive to these settings as PPE requirements for practitioners will vary depending on the clinical activities being undertaken.

Current guidance relating to PPE is liable to change and practitioners are reminded to refer to current guidance which can be accessed on this website.

Sampling and testing for COVID-19

Upper respiratory tract sample

This short film describes the techniques involved in obtaining an upper respiratory tract COVID-19 diagnostic sample.

Swab test in care home residents

This film on the NES website provides the information and keys steps to follow to obtain a swab test from people in care homes. Its focus is on how you safely and correctly perform a swab test in the throat and nose, and includes packaging of the specimen on completion of the test.

Packaging of diagnostic samples

This guidance video outlines the correct way to package samples from suspected COVID-19 patients for Category B transport, in line with UN3373 requirements. It is part of the initial investigation of possible cases collection.

View further information on our website about infection prevention and control and laboratory safety, including appropriate use of PPE, decontamination and handling of waste.

COVID-19: safe handling and processing for laboratories (external website) from Public Health England covers clinical diagnostic laboratory practice in England.

Further resources from NHS Education Scotland (NES)

TURAS Learn (external website) has a range of COVID-19 educational resources for all health and social care staff. Content is under continual review and practitioners are asked to frequently refer to the website to ensure that they have access to the most current resources.

The Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Zone (external website) provides information on education resources for health and social care staff and students in Scotland.

Last updated: 07 December 2021