Healthcare Associated Infections are an important public health threat; they are damaging and distressing, and can cause disability and death. Like many other public health problems, HAIs are substantially preventable. The challenge associated with preventing HAIs is to ensure best practice in prevention of HAIs is reliably implemented and sustained across a range of healthcare settings.

Service Description

The Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) programme provides an improvement resource to support NHS boards and Health and Social Care Partnerships to deliver sustained improvements in the prevention and control of infections. Launched in early 2015, it includes improvement support activity in the prevention of catheter associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI), reducing risk of infection from the use of peripheral venous catheters (PVC) and the use of standard infection control precautions, for example, hand hygiene.


The Healthcare Associated Infections programme is open to all NHS boards. Proactive and reactive (post inspection) advice and support is currently being provided in pilot areas, covering CAUTI, peripheral venous cannulation and standard infection control precautions.


NHS boards and Health and Social Care Partnerships

Benefits of programme

Projects are reporting high degrees of success in their internal engagement and awareness raising about HAI improvements. NHS Boards are collecting data, where applicable, which is demonstrating improvements in projects they have undertaken.


Aidan McCrory