Clinical Nurse Specialist Infection Prevention and Control

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year p.a. inclusive of HCA
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
In partnership with members of the multidisciplinary nursing team the post holder will develop, implement and evaluate a seamless specialist service, ensuring that patients receive the highest standard of clinical care. They act as a lead specialist and will demonstrate a high level of expertise within the specialist service, providing specialist advice, education and support to health care professionals and patients. The post holder will actively undertake clinical audits and research within the specialist area.

The post holder will be responsible for contributing to the ongoing development of clinical practice, research and standards of care within the service, including development of policies, protocols and guidelines and contribute to service developments in collaboration with multidisciplinary colleagues. Also ensures the safety and wellbeing of services users, and always working in a manner that promotes dignity and human rights through the adoption of person centered care principles

Main duties of the job

  • To work autonomously, managing a caseload of patients within the specialty whilst working as part of the multidisciplinary team, delivering individualised and personalised direct patient care
  • Co-ordinate the provision of specialist services to patients, both within hospital and/or in the community setting, effectively liaising with multidisciplinary colleagues
  • Promote high quality clinical care, and assist in the development of the specialist service, through the use of evidence based practice and clinical standards
  • Provide professional and clinical leadership and expertise in the specialty and to act as a resource for education and clinical expertise in the hospital and community
  • Demonstrate appropriate expert practice and highly specialist advice in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care. This includes history taking, physical examination and the requesting of agreed diagnostic procedures/clinical
  • Promote and deliver high standards of care at all times, which utilises research-based evidence, and is audited and improved
  • Act as a role model, demonstrating high standards of care and providing clinical leadership in the specialist
  • Establish, develop and maintain effective working relationship between clinicians, practitioners and managers within the specialty, across the Trust and in the community
  • Actively participate in local, national and international networking to maintain and develop expert level of knowledge

About us

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust comprises five of the UK's best known hospitals - Guy's, St Thomas', Evelina London Children's Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield - as well as community services in Lambeth and Southwark, all with a long history of high quality care, clinical excellence, research and innovation.

We are among the UK's busiest, most successful foundation trusts. We provide specialist care for patients including heart and lung, cancer and renal services as well as a full range of local hospital and community services for people in Lambeth and Southwark.

We have around 22,700 staff, making us one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country and one of the biggest employers locally. We aim to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve and continue to develop new and existing partnerships with local people, patients, neighbouring NHS organisations, local authorities and charitable bodies and GPs.

We strive to recruit and retain the best staff as the dedication and skills of our employees lie at the heart of our organisation and ensure that our services are of the highest quality, safe and focused on our patients.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To act as an advocate for patients within the department, to ensure a patient-orientated approach to the delivery of care and to meet standards within the NHS Plan and other relevant guidelines.
  • To ensure that patients receive high quality clinical care and that the expectations of both patients and their families are met, irrespective of culture, customs, religious beliefs and doctrines.
  • To be accountable for care given and comply with the NMC Code of Conduct, working within the framework of the NMCs scope of professional practice.
  • To ensure compliance and implementation of Trust policies and procedures, relevant legislation, Nursing and Midwifery strategy and Clinical Governance standards are understood and practiced by staff.
  • Acts according to the Health & Safety Act and manual handling practice.
  • Practice in accordance with the professional direction as stipulated in the Trusts Nursing & Midwifery strategy.
  • To take personal responsibility for promoting a safe environment and safe patient care by identifying areas of risk and following the Incident, Serious Incident and Near Misses reporting procedure.
  • To have a visible presence within the clinical setting.
  • To be responsible for own professional development and have an awareness of clinical educational developments. To agree own personal, professional and service objectives according to Individual Performance Review with Manager.
  • Protect patient confidentiality and act according to the Data Protection Act.

Person Specification

Qualification and Education


  • BSC/1st degree (health related) or equivalent qualification/training and experience
  • Post registration qualification in appropriate area of specialty or equivalent post qualification experience


  • To have or working towards a master's degree
  • Decontamination, water and ventilation course



  • Extensive experience of working autonomously at an advanced level within the specialist area delivering effective patient focused care.
  • Experience working as an infection prevention and control specialist nurse
  • Proven evidence of management / leadership skills and autonomous practice
  • Previous experience of student supervision and clinical education at undergraduate level
  • Experience of delivering change management both personally and as a facilitator


  • Audit, research and evidence based promotion experience
  • Risk management, clinical governance or incident resolution experience

Skills, Knowledge and Ability


  • Advanced clinical, managerial and leadership skills in specialty
  • Proven listening / counselling skills with the ability to manage complex situation and appropriately deliver sensitive and difficult outcomes.
  • Evidence of teaching skills in particular teaching patients in how to manage their conditions and raise their awareness of their condition.
  • Sound knowledge of current issues in the profession and practice of nursing


  • Understanding of the national picture and agenda with respect to IPC
  • Ability to interpret and analyse complex data and findings
  • Undertaken or support clinical research

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


Guys and St Thomas hospitals

Westminster Bridge Road



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