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Infection Prevention and Control Nurse Specialist

Posted: 30 Sep 2020 Closes: 30 Oct 2020
NHSE/I regional offices in Taunton, Chippenham or Saltash, United Kingdom £45,753 - £51,668 per annum
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Infection Prevention and Control Nurse Specialist

Job Reference: 990-1-EI3280-SW

Employer: Location: NHSE/I regional offices in Taunton, Chippenham or Saltash Salary: £45,753 - £51,668 per annum

Our Organisation

NHS England and NHS Improvement came together on 1 April 2019 as a new single organisation. The NHS Long Term Plan focuses on delivering integrated care to patients at the local level and we can best support the NHS to deliver this as a single integrated organisation.

At the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement whether that's job share, part time or another flexible pattern. In addition, although the role advertised may have an 'home' office base indicated, we remain committed to supporting flexibility around workplace locations. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

Our new operating model represents a strong shift to regional delivery supported by expert corporate teams. Local health systems are supported by our integrated regional teams who play a major leadership role in the geographies they manage.

We are jointly committed to creating and maintaining a fair and supportive working environment and culture, where contributions are fully recognised and valued by all and staff feel empowered to carry out their duties to the best of their abilities. As employers we are committed to promoting and protecting the physical and mental health and well-being of all our staff. This underpins our values as set out in the NHS Constitution, supports us to be an Employer of Choice and ultimately enables our employees to support the effective care of our patients.

The Infection Prevention and Control Specialist will work as part of a dynamic team in delivering an effective service supporting managers and staff across the South West.

The postholder will provide expert IPC advice and support to the seven STP/ICS's and advice and support to NHS England and NHS Improvement regional team.

Key Job specifics and responsibilities of the role are to:
  • Work autonomously in the provision of IPC expert advice to a range of key stakeholders ensuring adherence at all times to National or regional direction
  • Receive assurance from Providers on compliance with the Health & Social Care Act 2008 Hygiene Code
  • Support the regional current IPC response in the Coronavirus -19 Pandemic
  • Receive assurance that Providers have developed robust surveillance systems - the results of which are reported in a timely fashion and which provide confidence in alerting systems to potential outbreaks or increasing incidences of healthcare associated infections
  • Working with PHE analyse and review IPC data and report/escalate up on the implications for systems and Providers across the region
  • Support systems and Providers in establishing systems and strategies to contain or reduce incidences of infection so that the recovery of NHS services is supported
  • Be responsible for ensuring access to expert advice and interpretation of National/Regional or local guidance on all matters relating to IPC.
  • Ensure that Post Incident Reviews or RCAs are submitted and reviewed in a timely manner so that assurance can be received that all actions and lessons are disseminated across the region
  • Provide expert IPC advice or considered opinion to a number of regional or national high level meetings
  • Develop and present any detailed reports on IPC as necessary
  • Assist in communications with the wider audience on matters relating to IPC and in a variety of formats
The successful candidate will generally work remotely, using MS Teams, following current NHS workforce guidance.

The reason for this fixed term contract is a short-term time limited project.

There may be an opportunity for this post to be offered as a secondment.

Interviews will take place virtually via Microsoft Teams.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Sally Matravers, Deputy Director of Nursing;

Our commitments to you

We are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We know through experience that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers better patient outcomes. We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, disability, sex, gender identity and gender expression, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances. We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including the consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability.

Applications are welcomed from applicants who wish to apply for a position on the basis of a smarter or flexible working arrangement. Where candidates are successful at interview, such requests will be taken under consideration and accommodated where the needs of the service allow.

Please note that we currently do not accept applications via CV or recruitment agencies.

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You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through NHS Jobs, and furthermore, as an employer, we will not be able to respond to any e-mails sent to us via NHS Jobs. If you have a query relating to your application, please contact the recruitment team on or 0300 330 1369.

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