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Senior Infection Prevention and Control Nurse

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rota
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Title-Senior Infection Prevention and Control Nurse

Hours per week-37.5

Perm/Fixed Term-1 permanent & 1 secondment

Salary- �43,742 - �50,056 per annum pro rota

Closing Date- 29th May 2024

Interview Date- 5th June 2024

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) team at George Eliot Hospital. We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated person to join our team as an Infection Prevention & Control specialist working at band 6 to join our hard working, friendly & supportive team.

The role will require you to work across the trust and also provide IPC specialist support within our Community Sexual Health and Dental Clinics.

The post holder will be responsible for providing specialist IPC advice and support staff and teams working in both the acute and community settings to ensure good adherence to good practice in IPC.

This post may close early due to high numbers of applications so you are advised to apply promptly.

All correspondence for this vacancy will be sent by email please check your account regularly including your Junk and SPAM areas.

A great and friendly place to work, so bring your passion, commitment and expertise and enjoy the opportunities to make a difference every day.

Careers at George Eliot - 'Where you make a difference'

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the job include:

Work effectively as part of the IPC Team to provide a timely and effective Infection Prevention and Control Service under the supervision of the Lead Nurse to meet the competing needs of the service

To assist in the development and delivery of education programmes for all disciplines of staff, including Trust induction, mandatory Updates, hand hygiene training and all other Infection Prevention and Control study sessions/days.

Support the Lead nurse for Infection Prevention and Control on ensuring that the Trust is compliant with all local and national legislation around infection prevention and control, including the Health and Social Care Act 2008

To take responsibility for own evidence-based practice and implement and add to the body of knowledge that supports nursing practice within the IPC Team.

About us

Here at George Eliot our vision to 'excel at patient care' takes centre stage. An ever evolving clinically-led acute service provider we are on a journey to continually provide high quality, safe and responsive services delivered by inspiring, friendly and compassionate staff who share our corporate values which underpin everything we do. Our values are not just words on a piece of paper, they bond us together, reflect our ambition and shape who we are:

Effective Open Communication

excellence and safety in everything we do

Challenge but support

Expect respect and dignity

Local health that inspires confidence

Benefits: On-site nursery, 27 days minimum annual leave plus bank holidays, cycle to work scheme, flexible working, extensive in-house course learning directory, buying and selling of annual leave, subsidised restaurant, tranquillity garden and generous subsidised on-site parking.

Job description

Job responsibilities

1. Clinical

Maintain a high clinical profile, develop and maintain outstanding working relationships with all wards and departments within the Trust

Provide specialist advice to health care workers at all levels on the infection prevention and control practices required to minimise risks of infection to patients and staff.

Assists clinical staff in answering patient carers concerns and complaints with issues relating to infection prevention and control.

To identify and investigate outbreaks of infection with particular reference to their source and mode of spread and liaise closely with all relevant personnel within the Trust and externally i.e. the Health Protection Agency. Advice on management and controls of outbreaks, produce reports on all incidents and make recommendations

To have joint responsibility for working closely and supporting the Matrons and Ward Nurses in the implementation of infection prevention and control policies, development of action plans following audit and support in the investigation and root cause analysis of increased incidents of infection of any untoward incidents in relation to infection prevention and control issues.

Advise and provide information on Infection Control issues relating to food hygiene, equipment decontamination and maintenance, purchasing of equipment, hotel services and building works.

Represent the Trust Infection Prevention and Control Team on multi disciplinary committees as appropriate e.g. Hospital Infection Prevention and Control Committee (IPACC), Health and Safety, Food Hygiene, Decontamination.

To provide effective and timely advice in relation to infection prevention and control in the planning of new buildings and refurbishment programmes

Provide and generate information/reports to incorporate into the quarterly and annual infection prevention and control reports.

Participate in mandatory surveillance of Health Care Associated Infections (HCAl's).

Assist in the review of Infection Prevention and Control policies as agreed in the annual Infection Prevention and Control annual programme based upon evidence based guidance.

2. Research and Audit

Implement and introduce formal audits, as per the annual IPCT programme of work to demonstrate compliance to Infection Prevention and Control Policies.

Actively participate on clinical audit projects in collaboration with other specialities as necessary, to promote a high standard of patient care, feeding back results and managing change in accordance with research-based evidence.

To participate in the promotion and development of the specialty by publishing and presenting innovations, audit and research findings locally and nationally

3. Education

Develop and deliver education and training programmes as outlined in the Trusts Training Matrix e.g., Corporate Trust induction, Mandatory updates for all disciplines on the various aspects of infection prevention and control practice, including members of the public and volunteers. To review annually and update these programmes as necessary.

Produce suitable written educational materials e.g., leaflets for MRSA, Clostridioides difficle , TB for patients and the general public and play an active role in the education of patients, carers and the public.

Contribute in the Trusts and all Infection Prevention and Control study days/sessions for e.g. Link Nurses.

To maintain personal development in this speciality so advice and information is based on accurate current evidence-based knowledge, research, strategies and statutory requirements

To participate in own individual performance review, developing and acting on a Personal Development Plan, {PDP) in conjunction with the Lead Nurse for Infection Prevention and Control

Attend and represent the Trust in the field of infection prevention control at district, regional and national meetings and conferences as required.

4. Communication

Always act in a professional, supportive and sensitive manner when speaking to staff, patients and relatives about specific infections and conditions

Challenge poor or unsafe practice. Identify non-compliance with Trust guidelines and Infection Prevention and Control policies and report via the appropriate Trust systems

Continually act as a professional role model demonstrating excellent Infection Prevention and Control practice at all times, exhibiting high standard of professional dress and professional behaviour at all times.

This job description is intended as a guide to the principal duties and responsibilities for the post and should not be considered an exhaustive list. It is subject to change in line with future development of the infection prevention and control service.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Professional Training


  • Relevant current professional qualification.
  • Evidence of continuous professional development.


  • Teaching Qualification.
  • Qualification in Infection Prevention and Control.

Experience and Knowledge


  • Experience at Band 6 in Infection Prevention and Control.
  • Ability to demonstrate clinical and professional knowledge.
  • Evidence of leadership and change management.
  • Evidence of managing own workload with excellent time management skills.
  • Experience of designing, delivering, and evaluating training programmes for a variety of clinical staff.

Skills and Abilities


  • Proven advanced clinical knowledge and skills in Infection Control.
  • Ability to manage complex clinical and operational situations in relation to Infection Control, which involve staff from all levels within an organisation.
  • Excellent presentation, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to lead and motivate staff on Infection Control issues.
  • Developed skills in the audit of incident investigation processes.
  • Specialist knowledge of strategies, directives, and developments pertinent to Infection Control.
  • Able to identify risks, potential risks and advise on solutions to mitigate these.
  • Good IT skills including knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Able to demonstrate good report writing skills.


  • An understanding of organisational management issues.

Personal Qualities


  • Ability to form positive working relationships.
  • Ability to achieve goals and meet deadlines.
  • Flexible and able to work within a challenging environment, meeting the needs of the service.

Employer details

Employer name

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust


George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust

College Street


CV10 7DJ

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