Infection Prevention and Control Manager- London - United Kingdom
- Location:United Kingdom
- Profession:Nurses - Infection Control
- Job type:permanent
- Salary:Please contact the office for salary and benefit package details
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Job Summary: The post holder is accountable for the operational and clinical delivery of the infection control service across the Hospital.
The post holder will provide expert clinical advice and leadership for the infection control service to support the Chief Nursing Officer (Director of Infection Prevention and Control) to ensure patients are protected from the risk of acquiring Health Care Associated Infections (HCAI) and sustaining an environment in which excellence in clinical care can flourish.
The post holder will work closely with Chief Nursing Officer, Consultant Microbiologists, Consultants, Heads of Departments, Link Practitioners for Infection Prevention and Control, Medical Director and the Director of Governance and Risk. The post holder will be required to assure the Chief Nursing Officer that the necessary actions are in place to meet the requirements of the Health Act 2012 and the Care Quality Commission 5 domains of care.
The post holder will have the authority to challenge inappropriate clinical hygiene practice, and will be responsible for the development and implementation of strategy, policies and plans for the infection prevention and control service within the hospital. The post holder will be required to actively promote strategies to raise awareness of infection control and decontamination issues within the hospital.
This is a Senior Nursing role within the organisation and there is an expectation that the post holder will fully participate in the leadership and delivery of high-quality patient care.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Act as the organisation’s expert and clinical lead for infection prevention and control, providing expert advice to clinicians, managers and other staff to manage infectious outbreaks and other untoward incidents.
- Review, develop and implement a strategy and policies for Infection Prevention and Control across the organisation. This will include operational frameworks, measurable objectives and mitigation of organisational risks ensuring compliance with the Health Act 2012 and the Care Quality Commission 5 domains of care.
- Responsible for providing infection control and prevention input in the procurement of specialist equipment.
- Provide expert input in the management of SLAs, such as Decontamination and Occupational Health where applicable.
- Support the case management of decontamination regimes for patients discharged from the hospital with a HCAI.
- Provide expert advice on equipment decontamination issues and work closely with the Theatre Manager to support comprehensive Decontamination audits.
- Ensure delivery of an annual programme of infection control audits, advising on the use of suitable audit tools for local audits and regularly undertaking major audits using appropriate research tools, analysing and evaluating the outcomes and ensuring change in practice as required. Validation audits to be carried out monthly to ensure the quality of audit results
- Lead on the monitoring of the incidence of health-related infection, management of outbreaks, investigation of hazardous practice, complaints and Serious Untoward Incidents relating to infection control. Carry out regular root cause analysis of agreed infection e.g. Deep infections, MRSA bacteraemia, CDiff, and develop action plans and recommendations.
- Lead on the interpretation of national policy relating to infection prevention and control, which will be adapted to local level and monitor the implementation of these policies.
- Work in partnership with NHS England, Sponsors, Commissioners and other partner organisations for the prevention and control of infection and management of communicable infections.
- Work in partnership with NHS England, Commissioners, stakeholders, other agencies and organisations to identify gaps in service and interventions in relation to infection prevention and control, and in identifying trends in infection diseases.
- Participate in the planning for Emergency and Major Incidents for the hospital.
- Assist the Lead pharmacist on the Pandemic Flu planning for the hospital.
- Work closely with the Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Governance and Risk to identify both actual and potential risks, and ensure the development of clinical guidelines to improve the quality of patient care provided.
- Lead on the implementation of national initiatives such as Saving Lives High Impact Interventions and PLACE audit.
- Produce an annual infection prevention and control reports outlining progress with the Key Performance indicators identified in the annual plan, quarterly reports to the Infection Prevention Control Committee, Governance and Quality Assurance Committee, Risk Management Committee, and Medical Advisory Committee and other reports as required.
- Other duties as required, this job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of duties, but mainly to highlight the current main responsibilities of the post.
Qualifications & Experience
- Registered General Nurse with the NMC
- Previous solid period of work experience in a Band 6 (or equivalent) – and ideally a Band 7 – level post is necessary.
- Must demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development within the specialist areas of Infection Control and Prevention
- Degree in infection prevention and control or related area of nursing.
- Knowledge and understanding of the relevant Infection Prevention and Control legislation
- Postgraduate diploma or Masters in a health-related subject
- Teaching Qualification
- Significant post registration experience in an acute/relevant healthcare setting
- Experience in the specialist area