The Scottish Surveillance of Healthcare Associated Infection Programme (SSHAIP) team was established to facilitate national surveillance of healthcare associated infection (HAI). The SSHAIP team is based at Health Protection Scotland (HPS).
The original 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'. The HDL required 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 reflect policy developments since the release of HDL(2001)57 with the release of HDL(2006)38 'A Revised Framework for National Surveillance of Healthcare Associated Infection in Scotland', which contains the mandatory and voluntary requirements for surveillance in relation to national and local surveillance systems. The SEHD HAI Task Force has responsibility for the implementation of the SEHD Action Plan on HAI and to report on progress to the Health Minister. Surveillance of HAI is integral to the work of the HAI Task Force.