The Scottish Surveillance of Healthcare Associated Infection Programme (SSHAIP) team was established to facilitate national surveillance of healthcare associated infection (HAI).
The current programme of national surveillance of healthcare associated infection (HAI) was developed in response to Health Department Letter (HDL) (2001) 57 'A Framework for National Surveillance of Hospital Acquired Infection in Scotland' which requires NHS boards to undertake national surveillance in accordance with the recommendations of the Scottish Executive Health Department (SEHD) Advisory Group on Infection’s Subgroup on Surveillance of HAI.
The programme of work has been further developed to encompass the ministerial action plan for HAI (HDL (2002) 82), which contained recommendations for a comprehensive approach to the control of HAI in the National Health Service in Scotland (NHSIS). The SEHD HAI Task Force now has responsibility for the implementation of the Action Plan and to report on progress to the Health Minister. Surveillance of HAI is integral to the work of the HAI Task Force.