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Associate Nurse Specialist Infection Prevention and Control

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 per annum including HCAS
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a permanent band 6 nurse within the Infection Prevention and Control team at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The successful candidate will join an established highly motivated and proactive team and will report to the IPC Lead nurse.

Now is the time for you to join our Infection Prevention and Control team at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust who continue to be central to the COVID-19 response alongside the provision of practical support and expertise to staff, patients and visitors.

We are looking for an experienced nurse to join the IPC team based on the Chelsea and Westminster hospital site as a Band 6 associate nurse specialist. The candidate must have an interest in infection prevention and control or ideally have experience working as an IPC nurse or IPC link nurse however this is not essential.

The role will involve supporting the IPC annual programme and the candidate must have an ability to build effective relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders. You must have the ability to work on your own initiative undertaking the day to day management of your clinical work, to be able to work with complex information and be able to demonstrate an ability to work to tight timescales.

Main duties of the job

The Associate Nurse Specialist will contribute to the care and safety of patients, visitors and staff by leading on defined aspects of infection prevention and control.

The Associate Nurse Specialist should be educated to first degree level in a health related subject and should be undertaking appropriate post registration education and development within their area of infection and prevention control.

The role of the Associate Nurse Specialist includes the following supervised activities
  • Providing assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of infection control issues within defined guidelines and protocols
  • Receiving referrals and advice from clinical/non clinical areas/staff
  • Referring to and advising other disciplines and agencies
  • Ordering and interpreting relevant tests and investigations
  • Providing advice and guidance to nursing/midwifery & other disciplines
  • Participating in the provision of training and education to own and other professions
  • Monitoring standards of infection prevention and control
  • Participating in audit, surveillance and research activity
  • Disseminating good nursing practice at all times
  • Ensuring effective communication between all teams

About us

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provide services from two main hospitals, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital, and a number of clinics across London and the South-East.

We have nearly 7,000 members of staff that are PROUD to Care for nearly one million people. Both hospitals provide full clinical services, including full maternity, emergency and children's, in addition to a range of community-based services across London, such as award-winning sexual health and HIV clinics.

We're one of the safest and best performing Trusts in the country. We're also one of the top trusts to work for - our staff say they're engaged, motivated, and would recommend us as a place to work and receive treatment.

Our Trust has been rated by the Care Quality Commission as 'Good' in all five of the main domains of safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led, giving an us overall rating of 'Good'. We've also been awarded an 'Outstanding' rating for 'use of resources' by an NHS Improvement inspection..

Our facilities are some of the best in the country. We have been investing around �10 million a year in our estate. We have recently completed a �30m expansion of our adult and neonatal critical care facilities at Chelsea and Westminster and are planning an ambitious �60m development of an Ambulatory Diagnostics Centre at West Middlesex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key working relation relationships
  • Director of Infection Prevention and Control
  • Infection Prevention and Control Team
  • Consultant Microbiologist
  • Specialist consultant teams
  • Outpatient managers and staff
  • Divisional/Directorate Nurses, Midwives, Matrons, Ward Sisters/Charge Nurses
  • Members of the multidisciplinary team e.g. Allied health professionals, medical staff,
  • External organizations and healthcare groups
  • Relevant internal healthcare groups
  • External contractor
Roles and responsibilities
1 Clinical practice

1.1. To participate in providing specialised aspects of infection prevention and control working in partnership with others.

1.2. To provide holistic assessment, care and treatment to patients, visitors and staff under the supervision of expert colleagues and within agreed guidelines and protocols and plan / conduct appropriate follow up.

1.3. To address patient and staff infection prevention needs through comprehensive assessment of individuals for risk factors.

1.4. To draw on own and others knowledge in decision-making to determine evidence-based interventions within guidelines and actively monitoring these.

1.5. To act as an advocate for the patient in treatment decisions and choices.

1.6. To use effective communication and interpersonal skills to provide information, explanation and reassurance to patients, families and staff, and build an environment of trust and rapport, enabling patent empowerment in their healthcare.

1.7. To maintain accurate and contemporaneous records of all assessment, care, treatment and follow up.

2 Leadership and collaborative practice

2.1. To work within an agreed job plan to meet service needs, to be agreed within three months of taking up post and reviewed annually and maintain records of activity.

2.2. To provide advice and guidance to Nurses/Midwives and other professions within the bounds of own knowledge and expertise.

2.3. To work collaboratively with colleagues, patients and families to ensure the provision of an excellent infection prevention and control service.

2.4. To maintain awareness of own role in relation to the wider multi-professional team and organisation, whilst building and maintaining these working relationships.

2.5. To develop and maintain awareness of epidemiological, demographic, social, political and professional factors relevant to this area of practice.

2.6. To use a reflective and questioning approach to individual practice, participating in clinical and service changes.

2.7. To support and contribute to delivering the wider Trust agenda as directed by the Chief Nurse and the Trust Executive Board.

3 Improving quality and developing practice

3.1. To participate in activities to monitor and improve the quality and effectiveness of own practice including clinical audit, peer review and clinical supervision.

3.2. To seek the views of patients, families and colleagues, using this to develop and improve practice and the patient experience within infection prevention and control.

3.3. To contribute to change at individual and team levels to improve practice and health outcomes.

3.4. To participate in risk assessment and clinical governance activities, including clinical audit

3.5. To maintain awareness of relevant research and evidence based developments relating to area of clinical expertise and profession practice

3.6. To ensure the appropriate and effective use of resources to ensure both cost effectiveness and quality care.

3.7. To contribute to the development of standards, policies and clinical guidelines.

4 Developing self and others

4.1. To actively seek feedback on own professional practice.

4.2. To provide patient and staff education and information which is appropriate and responsive to individual needs and level of development.

4.3. To maintain own development through:
  • Personal development planning and revalidation process
  • Maintaining a personal portfolio
  • Identifying appropriate learning opportunities.
  • Identifying ways of applying own learning to practice
  • Appropriate development of role / scope of practice
  • Participating in clinical supervision
  • Undertaking a qualification in infection prevention and control
  • Completion of mandatory and statutory training on a yearly basi

4.4. To identify and use opportunities to share knowledge with and influence the practice of colleagues.

Person Specification

Education and qualifications, Experience, Skills and Knowledge


  • Registered Nurse with professional registration
  • A minimum of 2 years post registration experience in general nursing or other specialist nursing roles.
  • Recognised teaching qualification or prepared to work towards.
  • Experience of working in inpatient and outpatient settings relevant to the specialism
  • Experience of working effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Recent experience of data collection and audit
  • Excellent written & verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Computer literate: able to use word, email, excel and manage datasases.
  • Sound knowledge of the principles of Infection Prevention and Control.


  • Undertaking appropriate post registration education and development within infection prevention and control.

Employer details

Employer name

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


West Middlesex Hospital

Twickenham Road



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