SSHAIP collaborate with other countries to share best practice and surveillance
Pan Celtic Collaboration
The Pan Celtic collaboration was a major UK initiative involving hospitals from Northern
Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Helics (Hospitals in Europe link through Infection
Control and surveillance)
The European initiative HELICS is part of a larger initiative entitled Improving Patient
Safety in Europe (IPSE). It involves prospective surveillance of surgical site infections
and ICU HAI surveillance. Scotland are participating in both of these surveillance
By aggregating surveillance data from official surveillance networks in European
countries, a European database has been established. This European database is not
meant to establish an alert system, but to generate European reference figures and
The SSHAIP team also collaborates with the
Public Health England in Colindale and the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.