Senior Infection Prevention and Control Nurse
Senior Infection Prevention and Control Nurse HCL is working with one of the most prestigious and respected private hospitals in London, specialising in complex, cancer, cardiac and neuroscience, care for both adults and children. With the most advanced medical equipment and the largest private paediatric ITU in the country, it`s no surprise we attract some of the finest specialist consultants from many of London's major teaching hospitals. The successful applicant will have access to fantastic benefits. On top of this the successful candidate will work within an established organization based in one of London`s most renowned medical locations and known worldwide for its outstanding service. They will also have access to the well priced and high quality food range available within the staff restaurant. Job Description To lead (and manage) a comprehensive infection prevention and control service. To provide effective and visible leadership, expert knowledge and ability to support the Consultant Microbiologist and the Director of Infection Prevention and Control (DIPC) as outlined in Outcome 8. To provide expert clinical advice to clinical and non-clinical staff in relation to all infection prevention and control issues. To set quality assurance standards in infection prevention and control within the Service. To ensure fully integrated infection prevention and control approach is implemented, including active participation of all teams in education, risk assessment, investigation of incidents, audit and changes in practice. Duties and Responsibilities Investigate outbreaks and episodes of cross infection with reference to their source, mode of spread and means of control. Investigate critical incidents associated with infection using analytical tools such as root cause analysis (RCA) and post infection review. Liaise with Clinical Governance and support learning from incidents. Ensure mechanism for reporting mandatory infectious diseases, surveillance and critical incidents are maintained. Lead the development of active surveillance of health care associated infections, anti-microbial resistant micro-organisms and other alert micro-organisms or conditions, including surgical site infection. Ensure surveillance data is Have an advisory and clinical infection prevention / control contribution into the clinical care of relevant patients and families using individualized care plans. Evaluate nursing / clinical procedures to ensure they conform to evidence-based practice and agreed Infection Prevention and Control policies. Recommend action for change to procedures as necessary, supporting the clinical teams in implementation. Work in collaboration with the Heads of Clinical Services and Senior Team for infection prevention and control to ensure appropriate implementation and monitoring of infection prevention and control processes, ensure appropriate and timely investigation of any outbreaks and implementation of the Evidence of involvement in developing and delivering education packages Lead on infection prevention and control in clinical and non-clinical advice across the clinical services. Ensure written protocols / policies are in place, are updated regularly and that implementation and monitoring of practices is undertaken. Lead the annual audit programme. To facilitate participation in national audit and surveillance programmes and liaise with staff from relevant agencies/departments. Utilise knowledge and experience in the taking of relevant specimens and the interpretation of laboratory results concerning infection prevention and control related to clinical and environmental issues. This includes managed air systems and water supply supporting the provision of clean air and water, working with the estates team and infection control doctor to ensure recommendations are implemented Working with the designated decontamination leads, ensure appropriate infection prevention and control knowledge and experience is available to support processes, such as cleaning, decontamination and sterilization of equipment used in patient care. Take action to ensure advice / recommendations are implemented. To be involved in evaluating new equipment with infection control implications, prior to its purchase. Skills & Experience Registered General Nurse Achievement of degree level in health related studies Achievement of MSc level in health related studies is desirable Infection Control diploma or related qualification Attendance on clinical leadership program Teaching qualification ENB998/C7G 730 or equivalent Evidence of ongoing, dynamic, continuing professional development within the specialty Expert practitioner in all aspects of infection prevention and control About the Individual The successful candidate will have well developed teaching and presentation skills with the ability to critically evaluate evidence. The ability to cope under pressure and work as an individual and part of a team is essential.