Launch of National Catheter Passport

Publication Date: 29 January 2018

Today (Monday 29 January) sees the Scottish Urinary Tract Network (SUTIN) launch a hard copy version of the National Catheter Passport (NCP) which will make it even easier for health professionals to access.

The primary function of this document is:

  • An education tool for the person who has a urinary catheter.
  • A communication tool for health and social care staff around the person’s catheter – why they have it, when it was inserted and future plans like trial without catheter.

Currently, it is possible to download the NCP on Health Protection Scotland’s website

The NCP is a person-held document which aims to help with providing seamless care for anyone who needs to use a urinary catheter as they move through the various pathways of health and social care. It also encourages self-management of their device which will help to reduce the risk of complications such as catheter-related urinary tract infections (CAUTI). It is now going to be available to healthcare staff whenever they order their supply of catheters. The inside front cover of the NCP is completed by the healthcare worker who issues it to the patient, along with the essential contact details. As well as this, if the catheter is later removed, then the passport is returned and reconciled with either the acute care or community notes (if the person is resident in a care home, then this may be retained within their care notes).

Lesley Shepherd, Chair of the SUTIN Board, said: “The NCP has been developed and tested by stakeholders from various health and social care settings across Scotland. Although its primary function is around improving care and communication in terms of urinary catheters, the NCP does not promote the use of urinary catheters. The focus is around the prudent use of catheters and prompting early removal and trial without catheter.”

Swaran Rakhra from Scottish Care added: “I think this passport will be invaluable in assisting those who receive care as well as those who provide care, ensuring that the process and experience for all concerned is a positive one. I recommend the use of this passport for all those involved within the social care sector as they travel through the care system in Scotland.”



Katie Christie
Senior Communications Officer
Health Protection Scotland - Communications Team
Meridian Court
5 Cadogan Street
G2 6QE

Tel: 07779 441428

Notes to Editors:

  • Health Protection Scotland (HPS) is part of NHS National Services Scotland (NSS), a special health board providing services critical to frontline patient care and which is supportive of the efficient and effective operation of the NHS in Scotland.
  • The Scottish Urinary Tract Infection Network (SUTIN) has members from national organisations, continence and infection prevention specialists, educators, social care providers, researchers, and members of the public. SUTIN has the role of co-ordinating the sharing of resources and developing a community from within NHS and social care settings intent on seeing UTI reduction across Scotland. In addition to ensuring all resources related to UTI reduction are easily accessible, the Scottish UTI Network aims to facilitate shared learning
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI) is the most common type of infection seen in acute and care settings in Scotland (PPS 2012). In an effort to tackle this problem, many UTI reduction resources have been developed both nationally and locally within NHS Boards, and within social care settings.
  • Further Information on the National Catheter Passport, urinary tract infection and SUTIN is available here: