Specialist Nurse Infection Prevention and Control
South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust
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Full Time - 37.5 Hours Per Week
We currently have an opportunity for a band 7 IPC registered nurse/healthcare practitioner to come and work in an established and forward-thinking team.
We are looking for someone who firmly believes in improving safety for patients and staff. The role will challenge and develop the many skills you already have whilst creating and identifying a new set.
As an IPC nurse specialist, you will be responsible for the daily operational delivery of a complex Infection Prevention & Control programme. Including provision of specialist advice, outbreak management, undertaking post-infection reviews, quality improvements projects of clinical areas and practice, surveillance, education, project management that drives improvement in patient care through learning and support for staff, patients, and visitors in order to maintain a safe clean environment.
We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield.
We also provide some low and medium secure (forensic) services to the whole of Yorkshire and the Humber. Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities and we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time.
Main duties of the job
Provide specialist advice and expertise to support the prevention, surveillance, and control of infection across SWYPFT services.
Contribute to the day-to-day maintenance and further development of a high quality, proactive, responsive, and accessible infection prevention and control service.
Assist in developing and reviewing specialist infection control policies and protocols, in order to promote and maintain the highest standards of infection prevention and control practice that is evidence and research based.
Provide training and education to increase awareness of infection prevention and control issues amongst all disciplines and grades of staff within the Trust.
Contribute to the Annual Infection Prevention and Control work programme on behalf of the Infection Prevention & Control Team (IPCT).
Create quality improvement projects across a wide range of settings to support best evidence practice.
All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.
We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.
Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.
We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.
Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.
Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.
We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.
To provide advice and direction on all matters relating to Infection Prevention and Control other than those where medical advice is required, and to be responsible, under the direction of the Senior Nurse, for policy development, implementation and monitoring on a Trust wide basis.
In the absence of the Senior Nurse to co-ordinate and lead on Infection Prevention and Control activity.
KEY RESULT AREAS:
In conjunction with the Senior Nurse develop evidence based guidelines, procedures and protocols for the prevention and control of infection.
In collaboration with the Senior Nurse ensure that the Trusts Infection Control policies and strategies are in keeping with local and national strategies and policy.
In conjunction with the Senior Nurse, take responsibility for producing and reviewing infection control policies that are evidence based and reflect current knowledge and trends in infection control.
Oversee the implementation of infection control policies throughout the trust ensuring that compliance is monitored.
Working with the wider Infection Prevention and Control team establish and maintain effective surveillance systems monitoring alert infections and detecting outbreaks of infection.
Analyse and collate surveillance data on infection and ensure that this is recorded and communicated appropriately.
Identify outbreaks of infection within Trust facilities and ensure that they are managed in accordance with Trust policies for the management and control of infection.
Be responsible for the identification of sources and trends in infection patterns and ensure that those who take decisions on clinical matters are fully informed of this.
Provide highly specialised advice on infection prevention and control measures to all staff within the Trust, patients, their relatives and members of the public as required.
Advice on the planning, implementation and evaluation of care for patients with infection and those who may be exposed to infection.
For full job description, please see attached supporting documents.
Special Knowledge and Skills
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).