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Specialist Nurse Practitioner

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Per Annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Infection prevention and control (IPC) is an integral part of patient safety and a diverse and challenging area of practice. There is now an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, dynamic and innovative Registered Practitioner to join our IPC Team. The team is based at Derriford hospital but also covers a wide range of community services and these roles will involve rotation across the whole IPC service and participation in the on-call rota for Infection Prevention and Control.

As well as a passion for infection prevention, you will need to bring to the role many skills such as clinical leadership, change management and excellent oral and written communication skills as you will be required to deal with a wide range of staff within and external to the Trust. The role will be varied

You will be supported and encouraged to undertake any necessary training but a good working knowledge of infection prevention and control is essential and an interest in teaching and audit

Hours: 37. 5 hours preferred but for the right candidate a minimum of 30 hours per week. The ability to be flexible to cover needs of the service is essential.

The scheduled interview date isThursday8th June 2023

Informal enquiries and/or a visit prior to interview is highly recommended; please contact the Infection Prevention and Control Team on 01752 432115 or

Main duties of the job

The Infection Prevention and Control team is a busy team which provides a varied and supportive environment to work within. The team are pro-active in their approach to all aspects of the role and actively seeks ideas from team members to contribute to improving the service. Clinical supervision, educational opportunities and an induction is provided.

Advises professional, ancillary staff and patients on the nursing care for individual patients, either with an infection or at risk of developing an infection. (e.g Isolation techniques and precautions)

Investigates outbreaks of hospital infection, with particular reference to their source and mode of transmission, and reports back to the Infection Control team and advises on relevant measures for control

Visits wards and departments within the Trust hospitals to audit, evaluate the uptake control of infections measures.

Explains laboratory reports relevant to control of infection to hospital staff and relates clinical information to laboratory staff.

Assists, with particular reference to specialist infection control advice, in the development of standards and guidelines for optimal nursing and medical care.

Supervises other members of the Infection Control team with the preparation of reports on Nosocomial outbreaks of infection.

Partakes in the Infection Control on-call rota

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Assists in the programmes of education and training for all grades and disciplines of staff, both formally and informally, in clinical areas

Participates in clinical supervision for registered nurses

Advises patients and members of the general public on issues pertaining to Infection Prevention and Control

Advises on general and specialised cleaning and decontamination techniques and associated issues.


Undertakes evaluation of new equipment and techniques that pertain to Infection Control

Participates in departmental research projects and utilises available research of Infection Control and selected aspects of general nursing which is compatible with, and advances the aims of the Infection Control team

Pursues a programme of continuous education in line with the Trust and current NMC requirements.

Updates professional knowledge through the attendance at meetings of specialist professional associations and relevant conferences.


Collects relevant clinical data for use by the Infection control and assisting with maintenance of records and statistics on hospital acquired infections

Assists with the establishment and revision of policies relating to infection control with other members of the Infection control team.

To undertake any other duties which may be designated by the Lead Nurse.

Assume responsibility for delegated projects throughout the Trust

Person Specification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Registered Practitioner
  • Evidence of recent CPD
  • Evidence of demonstrable experience as a Registered Practitioner and able to demonstrate how current knowledge and skills meets job description
  • An awareness of research and evidence based practice within setting
  • Specialist, proven knowledge obtained through formal Infection Control Education, underpinned by work based experience


  • Demonstrable experience in motivating staff and experience in staff
  • Working, proven knowledge of local and National targets relating to infections.



  • Professional Registration with regulatory organisation o ENB 329 or equivalent qualification or willingness to undertake o Teaching qualification or evidence of practice
  • Infection Control module or equivalent qualification or willingness to undertake
  • Teaching qualification or evidence of practice


  • Degree in Nursing
  • Computer Literate

Aptitude & abilities


  • To form judgements involving complex facts, which require interpretation and consideration against a range of options oEffective influencing skills
  • Effective influencing skills
  • Teaching and mentoring skills
  • The ability to organise own specialist workload across a broad range of complex activities including education and surveillance
  • Ability to demonstrate organisational skills
  • Advocacy skills
  • Ability to facilitate change within a work place
  • Ability to prepare and deliver presentations


  • Demonstrate potential management abilities
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering presentations

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