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Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
19 Mar 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are expanding our team and are seeking two highly motivated and enthusiastic Band 7 Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) to join the IPC team. The IPC

CNS will work in conjunction with staff across the UCLH sites to improve IPC practice and reduce hospital acquired infections.

The post holder will provide leadership, mentorship, and line management to junior members of the team as well as peer support to the other band 7 IPC CNS within the team.

This post requires collaborative working with the IPC team and with all healthcare personnel across the Trust. Working alongside the IPC Consultant Nurses, Senior Nurses, IPC CNSs, Director of

Infection Prevention & Control (DIPC) and the IPC Team, the post holder will shape IPC policy and guidance ensuring implementation into practice.

The IPC service includes the Trust wide management of isolation prioritisation to aid patient flow ensuring patient safety is maintained. Working alongside the coordination and operational services to review and advise on decontamination, building regulation compliance and the development of Trust wide education and audit programmes amongst others.

The post holder will be expected to spend 70% of time within the clinical areas providing education & training and advisory service offering support and advice to staff clinically and 30% on project work and classroom-based teaching programmes.

Main duties of the job

  • Providing and supporting a visible and proactive approach to the prevention, surveillance, investigation, and control of infection. This will include the review, formulation, implementation and education of evidence-based infection prevention and control practices, in line with national and Trust policy and guidance.
  • Providing expert advice to the multi-professional colleagues, patients and carers on infection prevention and control.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of measures to reduce the incidence of infection.
  • Work collaboratively to develop systems and processes to support the organisation's objectives relating to Infection Prevention and Control.
  • Working with clinical teams across the Trust to implement, monitor and measure compliance relating to infection prevention and control.
  • Take a lead in the clinical audit process, including the evaluation and disseminating learning outcomes.
  • Developing and delivering educational and training programmes to all disciplines within the Trust.
  • Acting as a strong patient advocate, providing visible compassionate leadership, and ensuring that the care of patients reflects best clinical standards.
  • Leading on developing and reviewing Trust infection prevention and control policies and guidelines as directed by the nurse consultants/ deputy DIPCs.
  • Lead the day to day running of the IPC team under the guidance of the Senior IPCNs.
  • Act as a line manager and mentor for junior members of the IPC team.

About us

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population. We provide academically led acute and specialist services, to people from the local area, from throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. Our vision is to deliver top-quality patient care, excellent education, and world-class research.

We provide first-class acute and specialist services across eight sites:
  • University College Hospital (incorporating the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing)
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals
  • University College Hospital Grafton Way Building
  • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
  • University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
  • The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
  • University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street

We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of many complex illnesses. UCLH specialises in women's health and the treatment of cancer, infection, neurological, gastrointestinal and oral disease. It has world class support services including critical care, imaging, nuclear medicine and pathology.

At UCLH, we have a real 'One Team' ethos, and our values - safety, kindness, teamwork and improving, are central to the way we work. This is supported by our staff, who voted us as the #1 NHS Acute Trust to work for in the whole of England.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For more information regarding the main responsibilities of the role, please refer to the attached Job Description.

Our busy and dynamic team provides a nurse led infection prevention and control services to all the Trusts hospitals. Our infection prevention and control team is a large and active body of multi professional staff.

Our commitment to a nurse led infection control service is demonstrated by strong clinical & research leadership from our two Deputy Directors of Infection Control & Prevention who are also Infection prevention Control Nurse Consultants.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a large forward-thinking nurse led infection control service which has excellent scope for your professional development and research. We have access to an extensive range of both internal and external CPD programmes, as well as supporting our team to attend and present at conferences both in the UK and abroad.

Staff benefits include: an interest-free travel season ticket loan subsidised social club gym discounts free staff library retail discounts car leasing scheme, staff spa and on-site accommodation.

Our Be Well programme includes a range of wellbeing initiatives to support staff. As a sustainable employer, UCLH is aiming to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2031. We recognise, reward, and thank colleagues by nominating them for our annual Celebrating Excellence Awards, funded by UCLH Charity.

To find out more about the benefits of working here,

Person Specification

Knowledge & Qualifications


  • NMC registration
  • Infection prevention control post graduate qualification and/or experience working in an IPC team for minimum of 2 years
  • Working toward MSc in Infection Prevention and Control or equivalent
  • Mentorship qualification i.e. SSSA


  • Leadership development programme
  • Management development programme

Knowledge and Experience


  • Minimum 2 years working as an IPC nurse at Band 6 or above
  • Experience of delivering teaching and presenting information
  • Experience of managing a group of patients with alert organisms
  • Experience of managing outbreaks
  • Experience of investigating infection control incidents
  • Experience of advising and educating patients about infection prevention and control
  • Experience of auditing
  • Experience of mentoring staff
  • Experience of monitoring environmental factors of IPC in the clinical environment
  • Experience of developing standards, guidelines, and policies


  • Experience of line management
  • Experience of reviewing and auditing equipment decontamination
  • Experience of report writing
  • Experience of carrying out surveillance
  • Experience of publishing articles and poster presentations
  • Experience in developing service strategies

Skills and Abilities


  • Excellent written, verbal and electronic communication skills
  • Excellent influencing and negotiation skills
  • Excellent organisation and managerial skills
  • Able to motivate and develop a multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to delegate and prioritise workload
  • Skills for care and maintenance of invasive devices
  • Computer literate including MS 365, electronic healthcare records, WinPath
  • Flexible approach to work
  • Demonstrates an understanding of leadership, management and change management skills
  • Demonstrates understanding of principles of Clinical Governance, e.g. risk management, audit
  • Ability to educate and train others
  • Ability to monitor infections and escalate concerns to the senior Infection Prevention and control nurses
  • Ability to cope with unpredictable working and work to deadlines
  • Ability to effectively communicate with external agencies in relation to infection prevention and control issues (UKHSA, ICBs, CQC)


  • Interviewing and appraisal skills

Personal Qualities


  • Demonstrate a desire to work in infection prevention and control
  • Able to work under own initiative
  • Demonstrates awareness and importance of working as part of a team
  • Committed to an open culture of learning and continuous improvement
  • Demonstrates high level of self-awareness
  • Demonstrates the importance of equal opportunities
  • Flexible to meet needs of the post including across sites and oncall rota at weekend/bank holidays

Employer details

Employer name

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



235 Euston Road



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