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Head of Infection Prevention and Control

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHSFT
Kings Lynn
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder will be an influential senior nurse leader working within the corporate team to provide strategic nursing leadership and expert specialist advice concerning Infection Prevention and Control (IPC). Working closely with the Deputy Director of Infection Prevention & Control [DDIPC] and DIPC, Executive Lead for IPC the post-holder will take a significant role in the development of high-quality evidence-based IPC policies and practices throughout the Trust and providing support and guidance to Trust staff ensuring a patient focussed service.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will line manage the IPC nursing and administrative team [IPCT]. Acting as the expert nurse they will be accountable with the DDIPC for ensuring the IPCT maintain an effective and efficient system throughout the Trust for the prevention, investigation and control of infections and any subsequent root cause analysis [RCA] and post infection review [PIR] processes in order to minimise the risks to patients, staff and the public.

The post holder will be required to establish and maintain effective and efficient communication networks with internal and external colleagues and corresponding organisations.

About us

There's never been a more exciting time to join TeamQEH. We're working on a once in a generation opportunity to build a new state-of-the-art hospital to open in 2030 and we are also carrying out on one of the biggest pieces of digital transformation work we've ever undertaken.

Our new electronic patient record (EPR) will replace paper-based patient records from 2026 and will lead to better, safer, joined-up care at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and beyond.

At The QEH we provide a comprehensive range of specialist, acute, obstetrics and community-based services to around 331,000 people across west and north Norfolk, North Cambs and South Lincs.

We are an ambitious organisation that upholds our values of kindness, wellness and fairness. We strive for continuous quality improvement, recently demonstrated in our 2024 CQC maternity inspection rating our services as 'Good', and we are proud to be a place to learn and grow through recognised learning and apprenticeships.

We recognise and reward our 4,000 staff and volunteers, priding ourselves on a community atmosphere and positive team spirit. We have approx. 530 beds across 33 wards and have newly built education and training facilities, a range of modern award-winning centres alongside a talented team of people ready to give you a warm welcome. We love working here and think you will too.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information regarding this exciting opportunity, please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification.

Person Specification

Qualifications/training and professional development


  • Registered Nurse on appropriate part of the NMC register
  • Appropriate Degree
  • Masters level qualification or equivalent
  • Mentor Preparation Programme/ ENB 998/C& G 7307 or teaching qualification


  • Post registration qualification in IPC



  • Significant time working in IPC with a highly specialised knowledge in a wide variety of clinical specialities
  • Demonstrate experience of leading and managing a team/department
  • Participation in quality improvement, clinical governance and safety initiatives
  • Some experience of undertaking research, audit and surveillance and data analysis
  • Significant experience in presenting and teaching to a broad audience
  • Evidence of working collaboratively in a multidisciplinary environment and across differing organisations



  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including writing reports, policies and guidelines
  • Adaptable and responsive to service changes whilst maintaining a positive can do attitude
  • Skilled in managing and influencing others to deliver IPC initiatives in the context of organisational goals and strategic objectives
  • Good insight into current local, national and global IPC policy developments and initiatives
  • Ability to plan and organise own workload and that of others and work to deadlines

Employer details

Employer name

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHSFT



Gayton Road

Kings Lynn

PE30 4ET

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