Infection Prevention & Control Practitioner
Leeds Teaching Hospitals
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This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and highly motivated registrant (Nurse/AHP) to join a successful award-winning Infection Prevention and Control Team at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust.
Do you want to improve your investigation skills? Are you able to problem solve and think outside the box? Do you have an interest in how infections are spread and how we can control them? Are you driven and motivated to constantly improve patient safety and care?
If the answers to these questions are yes, then Infection Control might be the role for you.
We are a forward thinking team who work hard with colleagues across LTHT to ensure patients are kept safe through a range of infection control measures by:
Motivating and leading colleagues to deliver safe and effective care through education and positive role-modelling. Providing risk assessments to staff to support decision making for patient care. Analysing surveillance data to measure success of infection prevention and control policy to identify areas for improvement. Committed to quality improvement and able to translate guidance and strategy into changes of care. you should possess excellent communication skills, be self-motivated and a motivator of others; to be a visible and accessible role model. You should be able to demonstrate resilience and manage change in this ever-evolving service.
Main duties of the job
To contribute to the infection prevention and control of communicable infections within Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust by providing specialist expertise and advice to clinical and non-clinical services and play a part in developing the IPC service. Some of this will be by:
Providing risk assessments to staff to support decision making for patient care.
Analysing surveillance data to measure success of infection prevention and control policy to identify areas for improvement.
Committed to quality improvement and able to translate guidance and strategy into changes of care.
You should possess excellent communication skills, be self-motivated and a motivator of others; to be a visible and accessible role model.
You should be able to demonstrate resilience and manage change in this ever-evolving service.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) was formed in April 1998, following the merger of two smaller NHS trusts in the city and provides healthcare and specialist services for people across the city of Leeds, the Yorkshire and Humber region and further afield.
The Trust has a budget of £1.4 billion and employs more than 21,000 staff. Last year, we treated more than 1.7 million patients.
Our care and clinical expertise is delivered from seven hospitals on five sites, and they are all joined by our vision to be the best for specialist and integrated care.
We play an important role in the training and education of medical, nursing and dental students, and we are a centre for world-class research, innovation and pioneering new treatments.
Our hospital sites:
Leeds General Infirmary (LGI)
St James's University Hospital (SJUH) including Leeds Cancer Centre
Chapel Allerton Hospital
Leeds Children's Hospital
Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed and contact the named contact if you have any questions.
To contribute to the infection prevention and control of communicable infections within the Leeds Hospitals Trust. The post holder will provide specialist expertise and advice to clinical and non-clinical services and contribute to developing the IPC service.
The job holder will be required to develop a close relationship with the Deputy Director for Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) , IPC Matron, IPC Nurses/Practitioners, Medical IPC Lead, Co9nsultant Microbiologists, IPC Laboratory, as well as nursing, medical and facilities staff throughout the Trust.
Participates in infection control audit and surveillance programme, under the guidance of the Infection Control Team
Assists in the collection of relevant statistical information
Contributes to the review, development and implementation of policies for a defined area
Provides advice on decontamination process that provide safety to patients which does not reduce the equipment integrity
Support the implementation of agreed policies
Understands of the impact of service changes beyond their own area of activity
Understands the financial implication of infection control advice or recommendation
Ensures infection control practice is evidence based
Assists in the contribution to local and national infection control research. Assesses the impact of new research and guidance, and acting upon this.
Commitment to work flexibly over a 7 day week
Has an advisory role and clinical input into the care relevant to the patient by supporting the clinical areas
- Assesses, plans and communicates actions required by clinical staff for safe infection control patient care
- Provides infection control advice to all disciplines and grades of staff, patients and their carers Maintaining positive professional relationships
- Advises on isolation techniques and assists with the participation in their introduction and practice
- Ability to interpret and explain laboratory reports relevant to infection control to ward staff. Relates relevant clinical information to the laboratory staff
- Assists in the investigation of outbreaks of infection with particular reference to their source and mode of spread
- Assists in the collection of relevant clinical data for use by the Infection Control Team, including surveillance data
- Demonstrate an awareness of the complex needs of different client groups when imparting or receiving sensitive, complex or contentious information within a hostile or highly emotive atmosphere
- Able to cope with staff, patients and carers in distressing or emotional circumstances
- Due to the nature of the job, needs to be flexible, coping with frequent unpredictable changes within daily workload, for example attending Root Cause Analysis and investigating Health care Associated Investigations
- Undertakes duties on wards and or departments as and when required by service demands or patient needs
- Acts in such a way that safeguards the health and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults at all times. Is familiar with and adheres to the LTHT safeguarding policies
- Be an active member of the Trust Infection Control Team and relevant Infection Control Committees
- Contributes to a range of reporting mechanisms, including the annual Infection Control Team report and national standards (i.e. Controls Assurance and HCAI)
- Developing keyboard and database skills to facilitate documentation and information gathering
- Maintains and updates records, documenting infection prevention and control advice relating to patient care in accordance to NMC/ HCPC and LTHT guidelines whether written or computerised
- Facilitates the exchange of information on infection prevention and control between the NHS and other agencies
- Demonstrates an ability to plan work in accordance with the needs of the service, whilst recognising the need and implementing multi-disciplinary involvement when appropriate
- Assists in the identification of service deficiencies and resources for their improvement
Works in collaboration with staff to implement infection control best practice
Assists and participates in the planning, organisation and presentation of the education strategy for all disciplines of staff, relating to the prevention and control of healthcare associated infection
Responsible for the delivery of the formal and informal specialist infection prevention and control education of all disciplines of staff on a range of subjects
Assist in the evaluation and introduction of new methods and practices in relation to the prevention and control of infection
Contribute to the education and support of the infection control key worker professional network
Participates in the mentoring and supervision of learners where allocated to the IPC service
Works effectively as an autonomous practitioner supported by the Infection Control Team to meet agreed targets and objectives
Participates in annual appraisal
Completes mandatory and priority training within appointed time periods
Demonstrate responsibility for professional growth by seeking personal education advancement i.e. fulfils the statutory obligations to maintain registration in line with the NMC/ HCPC for education and practice
Responsible for specialist professional development within the wide remit of infection prevention and control under the supervision and support of the Infection Control Team
Maintains accountability for judgement and action
Promotes mutual respect among colleagues, acting in a professional manner
Raises concerns with regards risk, danger, malpractice or wrong doing by following the LTHT Whistleblowing Policy and supporting processes
THE LEEDS WAY VALUES
Our values are part of what make us different from other trusts, so we see this as a strength, as well as a responsibility. They have been developed by our staff and set out what they see as important to how we work. Our five values are:
All our actions and endeavours will be guided and evaluated through these values.
Behaviours and Skills
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).