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High Consequence Infectious Disease Centre Lead Nurse

North Bristol NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
12 Dec 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
This is is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic individual who will be responsible for the clinical and managerial nursing leadership for the new High Consequence Infectious Disease Centre (HCID) within the Infectious Diseases Department at Southmead Hospital. This is a 6 bedded unit making up an isolation suite on ward 27b, which has the requirement to be able to admit and start treatment of any adult patient with a confirmed diagnosis of airborne HCID within 6 hours (maximum) of notification. It is the 6th HCID Centre in the UK, and therefore part of an innovative network, with the opportunity for shared learning and support.

Working with the HCID Clinical leads, the post holder will take responsibility for providing a clear focus for the profession and effective clinical leadership and accountability for the nursing HCID service. They will be responsible for ensuring that they and their team act in a manner that upholds the values of the Trust and that of the profession.

Main duties of the job

  • Working with the Consultant HCID Lead and the Trust IP& C team to establish the HCID SOP within the Adult HCID
  • Participating in the development of HCID guidelines and policy development, adhering to good governance and along established lines of due process
  • Embedding education initiatives including simulation-based learning and debriefing
  • Leading and taking continuing responsibility for the in-service HCID development and training of all relevant staff working (including Doctors, therapists etc) within HCID, including maintaining a PPE training schedule
  • Providing leadership and motivation to establish research or evidence-based clinical practices, leading to standard setting and regular audit in clinical governance
  • Monitoring and reviewing clinical and professional standards of care, reporting on performance, and instituting remedial action where necessary
  • Taking an HCID nursing lead role within the National HCID-Airborne Network, including centre coordination and attendance at network meetings
  • Provide expert clinical advice and care within designated area of responsibility
  • Participate in activity with the Specialist team to manage and develop the service in line with local and national requirements ensuring the delivery of performance targets
  • Work flexibly to clinically support the isolation unit when required

About us

North Bristol NHS Trust employs over 12,000 staff providing healthcare to the residents of Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset from our award-winning hospital building at Southmead. We are the regional Major Trauma Centre, and an internationally recognised centre of excellence in a range of services and major specialities. Our vision is that by enabling our teams to be the best that they can be, we will provide exceptional healthcare, personally delivered.

North Bristol NHS Trust values all people as individuals. We aim to be an anti-discriminatory organisation and are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We welcome applicants from all underrepresented groups.

Bristol is consistently voted the best place to live in the UK, with vibrant local music, arts and gastronomic scenes, a wide range of modern and state of the art shopping, recreation and leisure facilities, a wealth of great local family days out, fantastic transport links for local, national and internal holidays, and it has a rich history. If you prefer country, village or smaller town living, our Trust is also easily commutable from a range of attractive locations in North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and South Wales (such as Portishead or Chepstow).

Job description

Job responsibilities

HCID Service Development
  • Working with the Infectious Diseases and HCID Leads to establish and maintain the HCID SOP
  • Participation in HCID guideline and policy development, adhering to good governance and along established lines of due process.
  • Monitoring and reviewing clinical and professional standards of care, reporting on performance, and instituting remedial action where necessary.
  • Linking with appropriate multi-professional groups and being a visible presence attending local, directorate, Trust and group meetings as appropriate.
  • Leading and taking continuing responsibility for the in-service HCID development of all relevant staff working within the relevant specialty area.
  • Providing leadership and motivation to establish research or evidence based clinical practices, leading to standard setting and regular audit in line
  • Taking an HCID nursing lead role within the National HCID Network, including centre coordination and attendance at network meetings.

Education/Staff Development
  • To identify training and development needs (including collaboration on FFP3 mask Fit Testing and PPE training) of all relevant staff working within the specialty area in accordance with local and national policies.
  • To support staff in the provision of regular local and relevant teaching and the job learning.
  • To be a source of highly specialist clinical and educational knowledge and to provide clinical supervision.
  • To develop and maintain a PPE training programme and schedule for all relevant staff within the specialty areas. The post holder will also be required to help deliver training as required.
  • To ensure an accurate staff log is retained of completion of HCID training, acceptable to and certifiable by the Trust, and any other data that may reasonably be requested for audit
  • Responsible for the development and co-ordination of a simulation-based training programme for clinical staff in conjunction with Simulation Centre. The post holder will be required to play an active role in scenario setting, participation, debriefing, data gathering and analysis.
  • Ensure training programmes are followed to ensure staff meet statutory training requirements (fire, resuscitation, health & safety, infection control, manual handling) where they apply to HCID.
  • Devise orientation/induction for new staff members and arrange an ongoing programme of training for qualified and unqualified staff requiring adaptation to the care and management of patients within the HCID environments.
  • Provide support to staff completing clinical and legal nursing documents to ensure they are completed accurately and legibly and that their relevance is understood and confidentiality maintained in accordance with Trust policy and NMC guidelines.
  • Works with senior ward-based staff in contributing to standard setting for nursing practice. Recognise and avoid situations that may be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of the staff.
  • Participates in monitoring the quality of care delivered using clinical standards and takes necessary action to ensure excellence in nursing practice. Bases standards upon relevant research where possible.
  • Assist in providing infection control resources for all staff and promote an interest in control of infection amongst staff
  • Undertake the full range of extended/advanced clinical skills (relevant to clinical area) and supervise/assess others undertaking these skills which can include:
    • Venepuncture
    • Cannulation
    • Intravenous drug administration
    • ECG recording
    • Nasogastric intubation
    • Male catheterisation
    • Other advanced clinical skills relevant to area of practice

Management and Leadership duties
  • Provide a leadership role model and demonstrate expert knowledge and high standards of clinical practice.
  • Develop the role according to patients changing needs and research findings, within the resources available.
  • Maintain accurate records of the clinical service and ensuring that confidentiality of information is adhered to.
  • Organise own work and manage own caseload and practice, identifying and maintaining supportive networks for self and other staff members.
  • Implement new initiatives where possible to run a cost effective, timely service.
  • Leads on clinical audits in own specialist area
  • Has overall responsibility for health and safety within own sphere of responsibility (e.g. fire, COSHH, violence and aggression, mental capacity act etc).
  • Ensure all staff maintain and follow good health, safety and security practices.
  • Where staff fail to comply with health, safety and security policies/procedures take appropriate action in accordance with trust HR policies.
  • Leading by example ensure a working culture which is conducive to good health, safety and security practices.
  • Ensure all Trust policies are known and applied by all staff within sphere of responsibility and all have attended mandatory training related to the service.

Infection Control
  • Take appropriate measures to ensure the health and safety of patients, visitors and staff, reporting all incidents, accidents and hazards to relevant staff and managers
  • Lead on the provision of infection control advice on HCID service developments including upgrading, planning and capital projects within the Trust
  • Management of a clinical workload when HCID patient is in the unit, following up known infected patient advising on isolation of patients and treatments and advising on alert organism
  • The provision of infection control advice, support and information to all healthcare personnel, patients and visitors in order that the spread of infection is minimised
  • Work closely with and support the other members of the Infection Control Team to provide advice and assistance to all areas within the Trust
  • Investigation of complaints and adverse incidents, which have implications for cross infection

Service Improvement
  • Acting as a role model promote and demonstrate innovation.
  • When required represent ward/department & Directorate on trust wide service improvement projects.
  • Be responsible for the dissemination and delivery of Trust/Directorate objectives (e.g. quality, financial).
  • Promote and lead on the spread of good practice amongst team members.
  • Effectively manage own workload and assist team members with workload management within the Unit
  • Positively promote local, Trust and national targets and quality indicators (e.g. CQUINS, patient access).
  • Take the lead for delivering and embedding the productive ward programme within sphere of responsibility.
  • Understand and practice the LEAN principles for the NHS.
  • Where appropriate lead on improvement programmes utilising the Plan, Do, Study, Act approach to implementation of change. This includes supporting staff to use appropriate measures to demonstrate rates of improvement.
  • Ensure any local service improvement programmes are consistent with the Trusts Objectives
  • Be involved with reviewing existing arrangements, facilities and services and develop proposals for improvement.
  • Actively contribute to the consultation and planning of future services and assist in the implementation of agreed changes.
  • Identify need for and manage change within area of responsibility.

  • Be responsible for ensuring commitment to maintaining a high quality of service to patients and their families by continual development of practice.
  • Contribute to clinical leadership activity through the generation and implementation of policies and practice guidelines, developing care plans and care pathways where appropriate.
  • In collaboration with the Matron plan and implement programmes to ensure the delivery of trust wide quality indicators will be met within sphere of responsibility.
  • Support and promote the audit process within the organisation.
  • Instigate audit where quality falls short of the required level.
  • Generate action plans to improve quality whilst maintaining efficiency.
  • Ensure quality data is collected and disseminated as required.
  • Understand and ensure that Governance and Clinical Risk Management processes are implemented and adhered to within sphere of responsibility.

Financial Management
  • Responsible for maintaining efficient control of unit budget.
  • Working with the Supervisory Ward Sister Is responsible for managing staffing levels across the 24 hour day according to patient dependency/acuity including forward planning for public holidays etc.
  • Monitor and report to Matron any issues regarding capacity or skill mix.
  • Working with the Matron be responsible for the effective use of eRostering to ensure optimum skill mix for the acuity of patients.
  • Is responsible for the effective management and maintenance of the ward budgets ensuring ward resources are put to the most efficient and effective use to meet the needs of the patients and families and the ward.
  • Be an authorising signatory for area of responsibility.
  • Be able to formulate action plans to overcome deviations within the agreed budget (man power and non-pay elements).
  • Working with the Matron be responsible for their delivery of Directorate efficiency savings targets.

Person Specification



  • Current NMC Registration
  • Relevant accredited post registration qualification at level 3
  • Recognised teaching and assessing and mentoring qualification e/g ENB 998, City & Guilds 730
  • Experience in Infection Prevention & Control at service delivery level
  • Experience of designing, delivering and evaluating training sessions / programmes
  • Experience of mentoring, supervising and assessing junior staff in practice

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