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Nurse Specialist (Infection Prevention and Control)

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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Band 6
Full Time
Do you have excellent communication, clinical and leadership skills? Do you have Infection Prevention Control (IPC) expertise and / or significant experience of applying IPC best practice in your clinical work? Are you interested in working alongside enthusiastic colleagues at the Royal Devon University Healthcare (RDUH) NHS Foundation Trust?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, dynamic and innovative Registered Nurse or Practitioner to join our IPC Team for a 12 month fixed term contract. The team is based at the Trusts Eastern site (Exeter) but provides a service across acute, community and mental health services. The role involves rotation across the whole IPC service.

You must have your own means of transport, as the ability to travel throughout Devon may be required.

Main duties of the job

For more detail about the main duties of this role, please see the job description section below. As a key member of the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, you will be joining an exceptional team working together to help our patients to stay healthy, when they need it most.

About us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford).

Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within peoples own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Its never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as youll help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role

The post holder will report to the Clinical Matron with an overall purpose of supporting the IPC service across the RDUH. The prevention of healthcare-associated infection (HCAI) is a corporate and national priority, and a core element of safe high-quality care that promotes patient dignity and positive experiences for patients and their families. You will need to demonstrate knowledge of national guidance and the Health and Social Care Act: Code of Practice for health and adult social care on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance.

The post holder will be a role model for IPC, must be able to work independently across the setting, be an effective member of the wider team and demonstrate excellent communication skills. Working in this team will also support you to work autonomously to create quality improvement projects in IPC, using your creative and leadership skills whilst having support from the team to allow you to achieve these goals. Personal development is important to the RDUH IPC team and you will be supported and encouraged to undertake a programme of study in IPC at post graduate level.

You will need to be able to influence others, prioritise work and have a flexible approach. The role will be varied and includes: promoting best practice in respect to IPC, providing specialist advice and guidance for staff and patients, administering the audit programme, analysing and interpreting data and preparing and delivering reports.

Working Pattern: 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday with occasional weekend working.

Interview Date: To be confirmed.

For further information please contact: Lizzie Perry Clinical Matron on or Katherine Hopper Advanced Nurse Specialist on 01392 402355 or

This is a fixed term contract for 12 months. For current NHS employees this post could be a secondment opportunity.

As an inclusive employer, the Royal Devon values diversity and is committed to creating a culture of inclusivity where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential. We believe in fostering a sense of belonging and actively encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, cultures, and abilities. We recognise the advantages of having a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

Preference will be given to staff with Priority and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.


We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we'll help you get there.

Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you're starting out in the NHS, you'll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You'll benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You'll have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers.

You will also have access to other benefits including:

National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.

Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter

Car lease schemes.

The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).

Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available if the role is something you are interested in, we'd love to hear from you.

Person Specification

General Requirements


  • See job description text above, and (where applicable) you can download a copy of the full job description


  • See job description text above, and (where applicable) you can download a copy of the full job description

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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