SDF Workforce Development Programme

New e-learning course!
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Scottish Drugs Forum is pleased to announce the launch of a new e-learning resource dedicated to raising knowledge and awareness of bacterial infections that can be obtained through drug use.

The course, ‘Bacterial Infections and Drug Use’, gives participants the opportunity to explore harm reduction information relevant to bacterial infection and provides an overview of the main signs and symptoms which practitioners should be aware of.

The organisation is continuing to invest in developing a centre for excellence for training on drug-related topics, with over 40 innovative courses available from our skilled trainers.

Alongside our face-to-face training, SDF has been supporting the development of e-learning courses on a variety of topics as it is recognised as an effective tool for individuals who may experience constraints on available time and budget.

The course can be completed in under a half a day in one sitting, or alternatively be completed in separate sittings to provide a fully flexible learning experience.


By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Recall different types of bacteria often associated with drug use
  • Explain how bacterial contamination can occur in the context of drug use
  • Describe harm reduction information for bacterial infection in the context of substance use
  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of bacterial infections
  • Produce an effective response to potential outbreaks which can be implemented in your service

Although the course has been designed to meet the needs of people who may come into contact with people who use drugs, various other audiences will benefit from the e-learning, including; GPs, nurses, teachers, police, housing workers, social workers and mental health workers.

Throughout the course, participants are encouraged to think about and develop a response relevant to their services.


The e-learning course can be accessed by clicking here.