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Infection prevention and control nurse

Wrightington Wigan & Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
21 Dec 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder will be a key member of the Infection Prevention and Control Team providing advice to patients and healthcare employees across three hospital sites and the community setting. There is an expectation that the post holder will cover on-call on a rotational basis.

Main duties of the job

Utilising specialist knowledge and methodologies the post holder will implement national surveillance programmes across the Trust with support from the wider team (for example, Public Health England's requirement on gram negative bacteraemia), ensuring data quality and accurate reporting.The post holder will administer the Infection Prevention and Control audit programme using appropriate databases to analyse and interpret data and help prepare and deliver reports for presentation and/or publication within an agreed timescale.The post holder will work as a Nurse Specialist and contribute to an effective and efficient service for the prevention, surveillance, and control of infection in Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust. They will be a key member of the Infection Prevention and Control Team providing advice to patients and healthcare employees.The post encompasses a significant level of nursing education, training, and leadership responsibilities within the Trust.The post holder will work effectively as an autonomous practitioner in line with the application of Trust Infection Prevention and Control policies and be supported by the wider Infection Prevention and Control Team.

About us

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are the proud providers of acute hospital and community services to the people of the Wigan Borough and surrounding areas. At WWL, we value our staff believing that 'happy staff, makes for happy patients'. We have a recognised track record in staff engagement, and living our values 'the WWL Way'.

WWL are committed to placing the patient at the heart of everything we do, and in the provision of safe, effective care that acknowledges and ensures dignity. With this in mind we are seeking to recruit people who share our values and beliefs.


Please note that senior positions (AFC band 8A or above) may be expected to participate in an on-call rota, if the role is predominantly operational.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Act as a member of the Infection Prevention and Control Team to provide advice to clinical and non-clinical staff in all matters relating to prevention, surveillance and control of infection working both proactively and re-actively with senior members.

Critically appraise current practices and support the introduction of new practices in accordance wit research evidence findings as appropriate. Support studies and trails of new techniques and equipment, collating and evaluating results and acting on findings.

Participate in the updating of policies/protocols as and when necessary, in conjunction with the Senior Infection Prevention and Control Team.

provide advice relating to the planning and upgrading of facilities as required within the Trust to ensure that equipment purchased and building work meets Infection Prevention and Control requirements/National Guidance.

With support and guidance from the wider Team, provide Specialist Infection Prevention and Control clinical advice as part of the preparation of tender specifications for relevant services.

Maintain records of the incidence of infection, feeding back to clinical teams and monitoring for signs of outbreaks/cross infection.

Work with matrons and other nurses to improve and maintain standards of cleanliness within the hospital environment and participate in cleanliness audits and inspections.

Responsible clinically for acting autonomously, making decisions in line with IPC policies and keeping accurate records.

Person Specification



  • Practising 1st Level Registered Nurse registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • 1st Level Degree in health-related subject (or working towards)
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Recognised teaching & assessing qualification, or evidence of delivering teaching packages
  • Willing to undertake a post-Registration qualification in infection control.


  • In possession of a post-Registration qualification in infection control



  • Evidence of comprehensive general nursing experience.
  • Two years' experience at Band 6.


  • Evidence of experience in practice improvement related to infection control.



  • Team player with ability to work without supervision and on own initiative.
  • Able to develop alliances and partnerships.
  • Innovative
  • Motivational.
  • Ability to influence decisions.
  • Ability to challenge poor infection control practice.
  • Effective time management.
  • Able to work in differing environments.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Used audit tools to collect and analyse data.


  • Managerial skills.
  • Able to understand the organisational structure.
  • Research awareness.
  • Able to prepare and present reports.



  • Current knowledge of infection prevention and control, policies and guidance.
  • Understanding of governance processes including escalation of concerns, incident reporting and root cause analysis.



  • Speak English to an appropriate standard relevant to their role, i.e., with confidence and accuracy, using correct sentence structures and vocabulary, and without hesitation.
  • Ability to drive or travel as required.
  • Good record of attendance.
  • Able to take part in on call rota on completion of training.


  • Managerial skills.

Employer details

Employer name

Wrightington Wigan & Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Albert Edward Infirmary

Wigan Lane



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