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Infection Prevention & Control Practitioner

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum Pro Rata
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Infection Prevention & Control Team. We are seeking to recruit an organised, dynamic, conscientious individual to support the current team in maintaining excellent standards of care for our patients.

To provide specialist care in maintaining and developing a quality infection control service. Toassist with the prevention, surveillance, investigation and control of infection.

The successful applicant will be a registered healthcare professional with an keen interest in infection prevention and control. If you are a caring professional who likes to use their initiative and expand their skills and knowledge, we would love to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will have a wide ranging workload, including reviewing patients with suspected and confirmed infections, completing infection prevention audits, delivering IPC and PPE training and supporting the ward teams to maintain high standards of care with regards to infection prevention practices.

You must also have the ability to be autonomous, prioritise your workload, and to communicate confidently to all members of the MDT and patients/relatives when explaining plans of care.

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All of our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values






We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

We are a Defence positive trust, supporting our reservists, veterans, spouses and partners.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds.This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Work in association with others to deliver a specialist service based on principles that are research based and which enhance the quality of patient care.

Be a visible point of contact for patients, visitors, relatives, and staff, acting as a resource for problems and able to clearly present the patients / clients point of view to others.

Ensuring that records and documentation are maintained and current.

Participate in the development of evidence based patient care policies and procedures.

Provide specialist support to the clinical team.

Assist with the facilitation of clinical audits to promote clinical effectiveness as part of the Trusts Clinical Governance Framework.

Collection of relevant clinical data for use by the Infection Prevention and Control team.

Participate in education and training programmes on infection prevention and control for all staff groups in formal and informal settings.

Adopt innovative ways of working within the speciality.

Participate in clinical research in collaboration with other staff groups as required.

Act as a research resource in matters relating to infection control.

Use novel approaches in order to enhance the quality of patient care within the clinical speciality.

Be an active member of and support the Infection Prevention and Control team as appropriate.

Provide clinical support during outbreaks of infection.

Participate, with the support of the team, in the surveillance of Healthcare associated infections.

Assist with the facilitation of clinical audits to promote clinical effectiveness.

Collect audit and surveillance data from patients and patient records.

Collect action plans in response to audit and project findings.

To support root cause analyses of serious incidents and cases of infections.

Update Infection Prevention notice boards.

To be aware of the impact of service changes across the organisation.

Comply with Health & Safety and Infection Prevention and Control policies and ensure that staff, patients and visitors are appropriately informed and advised. Maintain a clean and safe environment. Ensure equipment used and techniques employed by staff comply with the Trusts Health & Safety policies.

Challenge others who do not comply with trust infection prevention guidelines such as hand hygiene at the five moments of care or use of personal protective equipment.


Convey and present specialist information, written or verbal, formally or informally, as appropriate. Report appropriate clinical information to senior staff. Ensure that written documentation is kept in respect of all investigations and incidents.

Be able to give and receive difficult information to a group of patients, carers and health care professionals.

Establish professional relationships and maintain effective communication.

Link with professional networks across the Trust and wider health community, in order to develop and exchange ideas for improving clinical care.

Professional leadership

Provide a credible source of specialist clinical knowledge and advice, taking an active role in self-development, reviewing own performance, identifying own needs and taking active measures to meet those needs, in accordance with professional requirements, knowledge and skills framework and Specialist Clinical Practice.

Carry out formal and informal teaching within the hospital to a range of health care professionals, patients and their families and contribute to educational and training programmes as requested / appropriate.

Create a positive learning environment with clinical settings, which encourages and facilitates individual and shared learning and professional development.

Take a supportive role in developing practice through specific research and audit projects.

Collect and analyse information related to patient and carer satisfaction and evaluation of the service.

Share and promote good practice through involvement with local groups, including presentations, publication and dissemination of role evaluation.

Responds and contributes to clinical governance initiatives.

Professional development

To complete a short infection prevention online course.

Contribute to the development of team objectives.

To be aware of the impact of service changes across the organisation

In conjunction with the Infection Prevention and Control Team, establish, motivate and develop Trust staff, identifying individuals needs and setting objectives that are realistically achievable, but which also meet the broader objectives of the Trust (e.g. infection prevention link professionals).

Comply with Health & Safety and Infection Control policies and ensure that staff, patients and visitors are appropriately informed and advised. Maintain a clean and safe environment. Ensure equipment used and techniques employed by staff comply with the Trusts Health & Safety policies.

Participate in objective setting in relation to infection control.

Support others to lead or participate in the management of change. Implement change in response to clinical, organisational and national demands in agreement with appropriate others in the unit.

Support the senior nursing team to ensure the professional agenda is delivered

Respond to change initiatives in a positive manner.

Person Specification

Knowledge and experience


  • 2 years post-registration experience
  • Evidence of autonomous practice
  • Evidence of continual professional development


  • Experience in IPC
  • Evidence of audit
  • Evidence of continual professional development

Education, training and qualifications


  • Registered healthcare professional with current registration
  • Educated to diploma level


  • Degree
  • IPC qualification



  • Knowledge of infection prevention principles and practices
  • Knowledge of relevant national and local strategies and directives
  • Knowledge of trust values


  • Knowledge of infection prevention audits
  • Knowledge of surveillance of infections

Key Competencies/Personal Qualities and Attributes


  • Effective communicator
  • Organisational and negotiation skills
  • Able to prioritise workload
  • Good report writing skills
  • Competent IT skills including experience of using Microsoft office applications Excel, PowerPoint and Word
  • Problem solving skills
  • Time management skills


  • Teaching and assessing akills
  • Evidence of change management
  • Ability to learn new IT skills e.g. laboratory systems

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


Northampton General Hospital

Billing Road



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