About the Care Home IPCM

The National Infection Prevention and Control Manual (NIPCM) was first published on 13 January 2012, by the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO (2012)1), and updated on 17 May 2012 (CNO(2012)01-update). The Scottish Government expectation is that it is mandatory for use in all NHS care settings and in all other care homes to support health and social care integration, the content of this manual must be considered best practice.


Important words and what they mean

Mandatory means that you must do it.

In order to support care homes successfully adopt and implement the NIPCM, this context specific Care Home Infection Prevention and Control Manual (CH IPCM) has been co-produced with national and local stakeholders. The content of the CH IPCM is completely aligned to the evidence based NIPCM and is intended to be used by all those involved in residential care provision.

The CH IPCM contains chapters on:

  1. Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs);
  2. Transmission Based Precautions (TBPs);

There are web links in some sections taking you directly to information contained in the NIPCM.

The CH IPCM is a practice guide for use in care homes, which when used, can help reduce the risk of infections and ensure the safety of those being cared for, staff and visitors in the care home environment. 

It aims to:

Who should use the CH IPCM?

It should be adopted for all infection prevention and control practices and procedures.

Is the content based on scientific literature?

The recommendations for practice in the manual are developed from literature reviews of the current scientific literature (for example Medical Journals) that are updated real time and are considered best practice.  Any major changes identified in the scientific literature may lead to a change being made to the content. 

A number of ‘SBAR’s’ are available which are short communication or guidance reports that advise on the situation, background, assessment and recommendations on a specific topic.

Are there any other IPC materials that can be used?

The resources page links to SICPs materials, education and training links and posters and other supporting tools.

How can I find out what the scientific and medical words mean?

You can use the glossary to find out what these words mean. Sometimes we have added the meaning of important words within the chapter or section. 


The Care Home Infection Prevention and Control Manual (CH IPCM) was launched on 24 May 2021.