Lead Nurse - Health Protection Unit

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job summary

You will be part of Derbyshire Heathcare's Health Protection Unit.

You will support the delivery of the Trust's Infection Prevention and Control policy, which will include assisting pressure ulcer prevention, data collection and usage, and proactive project work.

The post holder will support the delivery of COVID-19 and Flu vaccination programmes and public health initiatives as and when they arise.

You will contribute to protecting the health and wellbeing of service users and colleagues at DHCFT through varying health promotion initiatives.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will:
  • Be responsible for establishing operational and clinical service mechanisms that support the delivery of quality health protection and promotion services, including vaccination programmes, health promotion initiatives, and infection prevention and control (IPC) across DHCFT
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues, key partners and those within the local community to develop services to support the mental health and physical health needs of the community.
  • Demonstrate up-to-date evidence-based knowledge and understanding of a variety of health protection and health promotion services, disseminating to DHCFT staff and patients where appropriate.
  • Assist in developing and reviewing specialist HPU and IPC Standard operating procedures for vaccination clinics and health promotion interventions to promote and maintain the highest evidenced IPC standards.
  • Inform and demonstrate quality improvement within the Trust, promoting a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Provide training and education to increase awareness of infection prevention and control, tissue viability, public health initiatives (eg tobacco harm reduction) and vaccination amongst all disciplines and grades of staff within the Trust and community
  • Adhere to and provide guidance and direction to colleagues in regard to care planning and recording standards linked to advice given by the team.
  • Deputise for the clinical lead when required.

About us

Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of 'making a positive difference in people's lives'.

CQC rated us as 'GOOD' overall, commenting on how our colleagues \treated patients with compassion and kindness and \felt positive and proud about working for the trust.

Benefits include:
  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years' service
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBT+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunities

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please review the Job Description and Person Specification. To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB - this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site. You will need to register if you do not already have an account

The post holder will:
  • Be a professional role model for the delivery of high-quality nursing care.
  • Assist in the organisation and operation of relevant programmes including community outreach projects supporting the team and clinical lead and acting autonomously
  • Ensure that a multi-professional/agency approach to care is maintained, valuing the interface of roles and responsibilities and through multi-disciplinary team working
  • Take the lead role in the development of a collaborative and patient centred health promotion programme throughout the Trust including community
  • Utilise evidence-based practice and NICE guidance to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to support a patients mental social and physical wellbeing in a community setting
  • Contribute to the identification of an individuals need of further support
  • Support in improving the uptake rate for vaccination programmes and physical health monitoring within Derbyshire, screening clients to ensure their inclusion for programmes meets the required criteria
  • Ensure that the physical health needs of individuals within their caseload are screened, monitored and appropriately responded to
  • Promote health education in accordance with the trust making every contact count and based upon individuals holistic assessments.
  • Participate in the clinical governance agenda to ensure the provision of high-quality evidence-based care.
  • Obtain informed consent and the ability to act on clinical judgement formed from complex information.
  • Comply with the medicines management standards throughout the immunisation process, adhering to cold chain governance and an awareness of contraindications to vaccination.
  • Respond to clinical emergencies (anaphylaxis) initiating basic life support to ensure emergency procedures are executed and reported in accordance with national and local policy. Report adverse drug reactions through the MHRA system.
  • Support clients sensitivity to ensure their inclusion complies with equal opportunities and diversity
  • Be aware of and work within all legislative requirements (Mental Health Act, Code of Practice, Human Rights Act, and Disability Discrimination Act.
  • Ensure good practice is maintained by taking the lead in challenging practice that requires change or development or that does not meet required practice standards.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Immunisation and Vaccination Programmes, the impact on public health and the national and local agenda.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of Infection Prevention and Control principles and techniques.
  • Assist with surveillance of HCAI incidence and investigation of cases of infection, under the direction of the IPC Support Nurse.
  • Support the development and delivery of IPC training, educational sessions and training tools under the direction of the IPC Support Nurse.
  • Assist with and undertake IPC audit programmes.
  • Assist with the implementation of the pressure ulcer elimination plan, supporting teams.
  • Provide support and advice to clinical teams on care planning for cases of infection.
  • Present IPC information to groups of staff within forums, training sessions and meetings
  • Challenge inappropriate practice and poor compliance to policy
  • Liaise with multi-agencies and other NHS providers involved in an individual patients care
  • Support the delivery of patient safety messages to patients and the public.
  • Assist with the day-to-day prioritisation, assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the nursing needs and interventions of clients at risk of pressure ulceration or wounds, and for those with existing wounds.
  • Act as an advocate for individuals, their families/carers and other groups to influence their use of the service. To use information available and to ensure their wound care needs are met, promoting concordance and independence where possible.
  • Organise, undertake and record physical health assessments and provide advice, signposting and referrals into other services that will help improve the service users wellbeing and health outcomes.
  • Ensure Trust professional guidelines are maintained for Electronic Records and are in line with PDGR legislative practices inclusive of information governance.
  • Contribute to the Team management of the Duty system.
  • Provide clinical supervision, line management and annual appraisals as designated by the Clinical Lead
  • Deputise for the clinical lead as required.
  • Contribute to the workplace induction of new staff and support the continuous professional and practise development of staff, pre-and post-registered students to support and enhance the learning environment.
  • Be responsible for ensuring that their mandatory and statutory training is up-to-date.
  • Report incidents and ensure that the trust DATX system is used in accordance with trust reporting processes
  • Deliver relevant mandatory training programmes, such as tobacco harm reduction training, as and when necessary.
  • Travel across Trust site bases and the community. Therefore, a valid UK driving license and access to a vehicle is essential.

Person Specification



  • NMC registration
  • Degree level or equivalent in Nursing or health related subject


  • Continual professional development in infection prevention and control



  • Post-graduate learning beyond registration, relevant to specialisation
  • Clinical knowledge and skills of the application of Infection Prevention and Control principles


  • Experience in physical health
  • Experience of contributing to vaccination programmes
  • Understanding of current targets and recent legislation relating to infection prevention and control
  • Detailed knowledge of legislation relevant to Mental Health and Specialist practice.



  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Good computer skills including Outlook, Word, Excel
  • Ability to work autonomously and set own priorities
  • Holds a current UK driving license and has access to a vehicle


  • Recent and relevant, post-registration experience as a registered nurse

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