Infection Prevention and Control Nurse Specialist

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust

The closing date is 03 February 2023

Job summary

An opportunity has arisen to join the IPAC team at NCHC NHS Trust. This is 1.2WTE of a post, Monday - Friday (9-5) with on-call requirements. Consideration to part time and job share with core hours of 9-5. This post will provide senior cover and supervision to the IPAC team and act as a subject matter expert to the organisation, the ability to travel is essential.

Main duties of the job

The post holder has a responsibility to monitor and act upon standards of Infection Prevention & Control that fall below the acceptable standard and legislative responsibilities.

This position is involved in ensuring Trust complies with its legislative and licensing requirements, i.e. The Health and Social Care Act 2008, and for the provision of specialist advice and guidance for all health care professionals and support staff across the Trust.

About us

Apply now to join an organisation that has been awarded an 'Outstanding' rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the highest possible rating and the first stand-alone NHS community trust in the country to be awarded the title.

Date posted

20 January 2023

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 7

Salary

Depending on experience on-call rate addition

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time, Job share

Reference number

839-4944594-GP

Job locations

NCH

Bowthorpe Road

Norwich

NR2 3TU


Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To act as a subject matter expert (SME) demonstrating advanced knowledge and skill beyond that associated with traditional nursing roles, including the integration of research evidence into practice by expert clinical reasoning and decision making
  • As an acknowledged expert in the provision of patient management in relation to Infection Prevention & Control the post holder will where required be responsible for advising on the management of defined group/groups of patients requiring specific support in collaboration with clinicians
  • To utilise clinical reasoning skills and evidence based knowledge in the management of patients with highly complex presentations and to be clinically competent to utilise expert skills and knowledge in a variety of clinical settings
  • To develop, establish and implement guidelines and clinician led initiatives, particularly where precedents do not exist
  • To work with other multi-disciplinary colleagues to create, develop and design care pathways for particular groups of patients with the aim of disseminating good practice and improving outcomes throughout the trust
  • To make independent clinical decisions and initiate investigations, care/treatment
  • To direct and use the results of specialist investigations (e.g. microbiology and virology testing) to assist formulation of diagnoses and advise on patient management from a range of interventions
  • To interpret and analyse complex clinical and non-clinical facts, to regularly provide expert advice and second opinion to health care professionals, including when views or guidance may differ or conflict
  • To use theoretical and practical knowledge to refer to other departments/colleagues within or outside the Trust as necessary relying on own interpretation of investigation results and clinical decision making
  • To lead collaboration with clinical teams/general management, in order to ensure there is a defined pathway of care for the patient with an infection including timely transfer/discharge
  • To utilise expert re-assessment to ensure that the management of planned intervention with other MDT members is maintained via the development of a systematic process of follow up of patients across the Trust and wider health economy
  • To ensure that appropriate, consistent and realistic information is provided to patients and relatives
  • To advise on the Trusts nursing and professional agenda from an IP&C perspective

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To act as a subject matter expert (SME) demonstrating advanced knowledge and skill beyond that associated with traditional nursing roles, including the integration of research evidence into practice by expert clinical reasoning and decision making
  • As an acknowledged expert in the provision of patient management in relation to Infection Prevention & Control the post holder will where required be responsible for advising on the management of defined group/groups of patients requiring specific support in collaboration with clinicians
  • To utilise clinical reasoning skills and evidence based knowledge in the management of patients with highly complex presentations and to be clinically competent to utilise expert skills and knowledge in a variety of clinical settings
  • To develop, establish and implement guidelines and clinician led initiatives, particularly where precedents do not exist
  • To work with other multi-disciplinary colleagues to create, develop and design care pathways for particular groups of patients with the aim of disseminating good practice and improving outcomes throughout the trust
  • To make independent clinical decisions and initiate investigations, care/treatment
  • To direct and use the results of specialist investigations (e.g. microbiology and virology testing) to assist formulation of diagnoses and advise on patient management from a range of interventions
  • To interpret and analyse complex clinical and non-clinical facts, to regularly provide expert advice and second opinion to health care professionals, including when views or guidance may differ or conflict
  • To use theoretical and practical knowledge to refer to other departments/colleagues within or outside the Trust as necessary relying on own interpretation of investigation results and clinical decision making
  • To lead collaboration with clinical teams/general management, in order to ensure there is a defined pathway of care for the patient with an infection including timely transfer/discharge
  • To utilise expert re-assessment to ensure that the management of planned intervention with other MDT members is maintained via the development of a systematic process of follow up of patients across the Trust and wider health economy
  • To ensure that appropriate, consistent and realistic information is provided to patients and relatives
  • To advise on the Trusts nursing and professional agenda from an IP&C perspective

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • registered nurse or other clinical qualification
  • Diploma / degree in Infection Control or working towards
  • ENB 998 or C&G 730

Experience

Essential

  • Relevant experience of working in infection control
  • Proven management experience

Desirable

  • Experience of working in community based services

Skills

Essential

  • Excellent communication skills both verbal & written
  • Ability to analyse complex information and use own judgement to problem solve
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to prioritise and organise own work load
  • Ability to develop and deliver training programmes
  • Assertive and able to deal with colleagues, patients and the public at all levels
  • Demonstrable leadership skills
  • Computer skills

Knowledge

Essential

  • Sound knowledge of Infection Control Policies / Practices
  • Knowledge of the principles and practice of surveillance
  • Demonstrate sound evidence based approach to applying information

Desirable

  • Knowledge of Clinical Governance and risk management
Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • registered nurse or other clinical qualification
  • Diploma / degree in Infection Control or working towards
  • ENB 998 or C&G 730

Experience

Essential

  • Relevant experience of working in infection control
  • Proven management experience

Desirable

  • Experience of working in community based services

Skills

Essential

  • Excellent communication skills both verbal & written
  • Ability to analyse complex information and use own judgement to problem solve
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to prioritise and organise own work load
  • Ability to develop and deliver training programmes
  • Assertive and able to deal with colleagues, patients and the public at all levels
  • Demonstrable leadership skills
  • Computer skills

Knowledge

Essential

  • Sound knowledge of Infection Control Policies / Practices
  • Knowledge of the principles and practice of surveillance
  • Demonstrate sound evidence based approach to applying information

Desirable

  • Knowledge of Clinical Governance and risk management

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Additional information

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust

Address

NCH

Bowthorpe Road

Norwich

NR2 3TU


Employer's website

https://www.norfolkcommunityhealthandcare.nhs.uk (Opens in a new tab)

Employer details

Employer name

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust

Address

NCH

Bowthorpe Road

Norwich

NR2 3TU


Employer's website

https://www.norfolkcommunityhealthandcare.nhs.uk (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Head of IPAC

Beth Kimber

beth.kimber@nchc.nhs.uk

01603272266

Date posted

20 January 2023

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 7

Salary

Depending on experience on-call rate addition

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time, Job share

Reference number

839-4944594-GP

Job locations

NCH

Bowthorpe Road

Norwich

NR2 3TU


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