HCID Assessment PPE Course

HCID Training UK’s one day HCID Assessment PPE course is the perfect way to develop and refine skills in safe assessment and care for patients with suspected HCID infection, and gives practical insight into pathogen transmission using VIOLET, a manikin developed by the HSE to simulate ultraviolet tracers via airborne and contact routes.

Assessment PPE Course
HCID Assessment PPE Course

A 1-day multidisciplinary simulation course using the ultraviolet contamination model. Use this slider and the accordion below to learn more

Risk Assessment
Patient assessment

Practice assessing a variety of patients with suspected HCID infection using UKHSA risk assessment algorithms

HCID Assessment PPE
HCID Assessment PPE

Gain skills to confidently use the PPE ensemble recommended for use when assessing suspect HCID patients in the NHS

Contamination reduction
Pathogen transmission and contamination reduction

Gain practical insight into how pathogens transmit via airborne and contact routes, and learn how to reduce contamination on PPE

Medical emergencies
Medical emergencies

Learn how to approach medical emergencies in HCID suspect patients

Ethical Dillemmas
Ethical Dilemmas

Understand potential approaches to several common ethical dilemmas faced when caring for a patient with suspected or confirmed HCID infection

Diagnostic Sampling
HCID Diagnostic Sampling

Learn how to safely take, package and transport clinical samples from HCID suspect cases.

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General information

The HCID assessment PPE course was established in 2022 and has trained over 150 NHS professionals in the recognition, assessment and care of patients with suspected HCID infection.

The course was developed using evidence-based UK guidelines. It targets key areas of HCID assessment and will help build the confidence and skill needed to assess patients with suspected HCID infection in a clinical setting. During the course, you’ll enhance your practical skills with simulations, and broaden your understanding through interactive online learning and debrief sessions. By the end of the course you will:

  1. Demonstrate safe HCID Assessment PPE Donning & Doffing​
  2. Demonstrate competent doffing ‘buddy’ skills​
  3. Apply key HCID IPC measures in a simulated environment including contamination reduction behaviour
  4. Understand the important aspects of staff welfare, teamwork and communication in PPE.​
  5. Demonstrate safe diagnostic HCID risk assessment and diagnostic testing in a suspected case 
Who is the course for

The HCID assessment PPE course is designed for healthcare professionals who need skills in HCID assessment, enhanced infection control precautions and patient are as part of their clinical duties, as well as those who teach these skills on a regular basis. This includes doctors, paramedics and nurses working in acute care areas (e.g. ID units, ED, ICU, HART teams)

All applicants must hold a professional healthcare qualification or be in training for a professional healthcare qualification.

Course structure and programme

Pre-course preparation:

Before the course, you will need to complete our online learning modules, which can be accessed via the resource centre section website. We recommend completing these within 2 weeks of the course.


The course runs between 0845 and 1700. During the day, you will take part in an introductory seminar and demonstration, 4 high-fidelity simulation scenarios using the ultraviolet contamination model and debrief periods.

Each scenario starts with a patient referral. During simulation exercises, you will assess patients with suspected HCID infection, and perform a variety of tasks. Using VIOLET, our UV manikin, you will be able to visualise contamination on your PPE before and after doffing. This offers a powerful educational experience and will provide confidence in the PPE ensemble.

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Assessment and Certification

You will be expected to show competency in the core skills of the course, including HCID Assessment PPE, other enhanced infection control precautions and, if relevant for your job role, assessment and diagnosis of HCID suspect cases.

At the end of the course, theoretical knowledge will be formally tested with an MCQ paper, and practical components tested in a practical skill station.

How to apply for this course

Courses often book quickly, so we would advise planning your attendance well in advance of when you wish to attend a course. Please follow the link below to view availability and book a course.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the course cost?

The course is run by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals on a not-for-profit basis. During 2023/4, the cost is £275 per person.

Can I claim the course cost back as study budget?

Medical staff working in a relevant specialty are usually able to access course funding via study/CPD budgets. The specialist advisory committee added the course to the recommended list of training opportunities for infection trainees in November 2023, meaning UK trainees can claim this directly from study budget.

Nursing staff may wish to utilise the £1000 personal development budget outlined in the NHS long term workforce plan (page 65, paragraph 3) – please discuss with your line manager to discuss accessing this.

Are CPD points available for the course?

CPD points equivalent to 10 hours are available for the course. Please contact us if you have any further queries regarding CPD points.

Where is the course run from?

The course is run from the clinical simulation centre in Mexborough Hospital, near Doncaster. This is a 15-minute taxi ride from Doncaster train station, which is on the east cost mainline.

Montagu Clinical Simulation Centre
Montagu Hospital
Adwick Road
South Yorkshire
S64 0AZ
01709 649106

The HCID Assessment PPE taught on this course was developed in conjunction with the UK HCID centres, HSE and the UK Heath Security Agency.

Our aim is to provide attendees with confidence in the use of this PPE and how to don and doff it safely.  In addition you will build your knowledge about HCIDs to ensure you can provide optimal medical care for your patients, whatever their diagnosis.

Anne Tunbridge

HCID Lead, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

Booking Page

2023/4 dates available now

“It was a really useful experience working through in a logical manner with a buddy. I think within our team there are lessons we can build on our own processes”

ID Consultant, Leeds

ID Nurse, Manchester

“The online learning was informative and the simulation and practice was very worthwhile. All the resources were excellent”

ID SpR, Sheffield