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Senior Infection Prevention & Control Nurse

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced and highly motivated Infection Prevention & Control Nurse (IPCN) to join our team as a band 7, Senior IPCN.

Do you have significant experience as a IPCN and are looking for the next step to develop your IPC career? Are you commited to improving patient safety and enjoy working with different multidisciplinary teams? If so this could be the ideal post and you could be the sucessful candidate to join the County Durham and Darlington NHS foundation Trust's Infection Prevention and Control Nursing Team in this position based at the University Hospital of North Durham.

Main duties of the job

As the Senior IPCN on the University Hospital of North Durham site, you will be responsible for the daily operational delivery of a complex Infection Prevention & Control programme to the site. You will hold a post graduate qualification in Infection Prevention & Control or be willing to work towards.

As an integrated Trust, we also deliver a broad range of clinical services in the community that spans over 800 square miles of County Durham. The Durham based Senior IPCN will co-ordinate IPC support to the northern community footprint.

You must be able to work autonomously and as part of a team, be a quick thinker, problem solver and effective leader. You must be confident at delivering expert advice to all levels of seniority to continuously promote compliance with IPC practices, thereby reducing the risk of patient harm from healthcare associated infections.

As a Senior IPCN, you will be expected to offer IPC support to all of our clinical services whilst successfully plan / complete project work in order to deliver the IPC annual plan and Trust objectives to maintain patient safety.

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

You must be able to produce ALL certificates stated essential in the person specification or you will not be able to complete pre-employment checks

To be eligible for Health and Care Worker visa sponsorship you will usually need to be paid at least �25,600 per year

We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

At County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust our aim is to always deliver excellent care with compassion to deliver the highest quality of care our patients deserve. We value the personal skills, experiences and qualities that individuals bring to the Trust; creating an inclusive working environment to attract talented people who feel motivated, involved and able to influence the future direction of our services.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

There are endless opportunities to learn and develop your Infection Control and Leadership skills at CCDFT. You will be supported by the staff within the IPC team, and the Associate Director of Nursing for Infection Prevention & Control and IPC Clinical Matron (to whom you will report). You will also have a working relationship with the Trust Infection Control Doctor and the DIPC (Executive Director of Nursing).

The nominal base for this post is the University Hospital of North Durham (close to Durham city centre). You will be expected to be visible at all of our Trust sites across the region, as well as supporting our community teams where needed. The mainstay of your work will be on the acute site.

For informal enquiries please contact Claire Skull, IPC Matron (Infection Prevention and Control) on 07768 542309.

Person Specification



  • Significant post-registration experience of working within a clinical team Significant experience of working within an Infection Prevention & control team Experience of working at Band 6 (or equivalent) in an IPC team


  • Experience of leading and managing an Infection Prevention & Control team



  • Relevant degree Formal Management or Leadership training Coaching, Mentoring or Teaching experience Evidence of continous professional development


  • Post Graduate Infection Prevention & Control Qualification (at level 6 minimum) or be willing to work towards MSc Infection Prevention & Control

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • Strong evidence of autonomous practice Strong evidence of Leadership success and ability to influence Strong evidence of managerial responsibility Demonstrable evidence of managing change Documented evidence of regular, relevant and up-to-date CPD Excellent communication and interpersonal skills Good organisational and problem solving skills Able to prioritise work on a daily basis to meet service demands Knowledge of principles of infection prevention and control Confident in the use of email and IT systems (including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Teams, Zoom etc) Knowledge of infection prevention control, microbiology, surveillance, and epidemiology. Knowledge of national infection prevention control agenda, statutory requirements, policies and guidance. Excellent interpersonal skills. Self-motivation and able to work autonomously. Meticulous attention to detail. Able to assess, analyse and communicate complex information and produce detailed reports. Excellent time management skills with the ability to prioritise to meet deadlines. Understanding and experience of audit/research and assessing evidence. Able to communicate flexibly in verbal and written formats. Risk assessment and decision making. Able to form collaborative working relationships.

Special Requirements


  • Able to travel across Trust sites to meet the requirements of the post.

Statutory Registration


  • Registered Nurse / Midwife

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