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Head of Nursing, Infection Prevention and Control

East Cheshire NHS Trust
Victoria Road, Macclesfield
£58,972 to £68,525 a year
Closing date
21 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
The Head of Nursing for Infection Prevention and Control is a critical role and the post holder is responsible for leading and implementing the Trust's infection prevention and control programme, providing relevant reports on progress and areas of concern. The Head of Nursing is also responsible for providing expert credible advice on all aspects of infection prevention and control in accordance with policies, procedures and legislation.

Working with the Director of Infection Prevention and Control and the Consultant Microbiologist the post holder will establish the Trust's vision for IPC across the directorates and engaging with other stakeholders across the health economy.

The Head of Nursing for IPC will monitor the impact of the Infection Prevention and Control strategy identifying any risks/ barriers to delivering within agreed timescales.

Hours per week: 37.5

Main duties of the job

  • Be responsible and accountable for planning and developing the Infection Prevention and Control strategy for the Trust and accountable for its implementation across the organisation as well as ongoing review and modification. The post holder will report operationally to the Deputy Director of Nursing and will be professionally accountable to the Director of Nursing and Quality / DIPC.
  • The post holder will provide expert operational advice and leadership to colleagues at all levels of the organisation and will role model best practice, setting the operational direction of the IPC service. This includes empowering individuals to take responsibility for Infection Prevention and Control ensuring early identification of risks which may impact on patient quality and safety. Including planning for service continuity and system working in a changing political environment.
  • The post holder will lead, manage and inspire the Infection Prevention and Control team to develop their knowledge and skills and ensure support, supervision and risk management strategies are in place to deliver safe and effective management of the IPC agenda.
  • The post holder is accountable for the interpretation of national and regional guidance to ensure this is embedded into trust cultures, policies and procedures and to ensure that the risk of health care associated infections is reduced. Ensuring partnership working with other health care professionals across the health economy as appropriate.

  • About us

    Whether you are just starting out in your career or are looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, East Cheshire NHS Trust is the right employer for you. An organisation with a real sense of community we actively support and develop our staff to ensure our patients receive the best quality care, delivering the right care first time, every time.

    COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course our patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. We will be checking the vaccination status of all new starters as part of ongoing monitoring.

    Please be aware that this post requires an Enhanced with Barred list Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, the cost of which is payable by the successful candidate. If you have lived or worked abroad for 6 months or more in the last 5 years you will need to obtain an overseas police clearance. Further information can be found on the additional information links at the bottom of the advert.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Please read the attached Applicant Pack prior to completing your application form to find out more information.

    Please download a copy of the Job Description and Person Specification located under the Supporting documents heading to read more about the advertised role.

    As part of making your application we encourage you to review the Trusts Careers webpage for more information about working for East Cheshire NHS Trust.

    We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome all applications irrespective of age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race or religion. The Trust is a Disability Confident Leader and as such, applicants with disabilities will be offered an interview providing they meet the minimum criteria for the post (outlined in the Person Specification).

    Applicants are advised to apply early as we reserve the right to close the advert prior to the advertised closing date should we receive a large number of applications.

    We look forward to receiving your application.

    Person Specification



    • Masters degree or equivalent
    • Suitable management qualification or equivalent
    • Specialist Infection Control Qualification
    • Teaching Qualification
    • Evidence of Continuous professional development


    • Evidence of working across organisational boundaries in the Health economy
    • Membership of special interest group and professional group



    • Persuasive and effective negotiator with highly developed influencing skills
    • Ability to prioritise and mange demanding workloads, planning towards and focussing on deadlines
    • Ability to travel across the region

    Knowledge and Skills


    • Thorough and up to date knowledge of relevant national, regional initiatives and a proven track record of implementing this into practice.
    • Understanding of Clinical governance issues
    • Critique of research findings to benefit areas of practice
    • Evidence of managing change
    • Evidence of developing policies and procedures and implementing strategies to influence the Infection Prevention and Control agenda
    • Ability to manage projects and multiple/diverse complex tasks requiring analytical and problem-solving skills



    • Significant experience of working in a senior Infection Prevention and Control position
    • Experience of implementing IPC training programmes across all levels of health care professionals
    • Experience of successfully challenging poor practice and unacceptable behaviours
    • Experience of managing people with the ability to articulate the vision of the trust and the IPC agenda
    • Development of educational strategies to support the Infection Prevention and Control agenda

    Other Role Requirements


    • Please refer to the person specification for other role requirements.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    East Cheshire NHS Trust


    Macclesfield District

    General Hospital

    Victoria Road, Macclesfield

    SK10 3BL

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