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Service Lead Nurse, Infection Prevention and Control

Barts Health NHS Trust
£64,408 to £73,961 per annum inc
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Service Lead Nurse Infection Prevention and Control

Band 8B Substantive Full time (37.5 hrs. per week) based at Whipps Cross

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Infection, Prevention and Control (IP& C) Team at Bart's Health NHS Trust (BH).

You will be joining a supportive team who value the contributions of each team member to help deliver our overall aims and objectives in line with the Trust vision to provide every patient with the care we want for those we love the most, specifically by reducing the risks of healthcare associated infections. The team has a highly visible role working in all areas throughout the BH and comprises of IP& C nurses, IPC Doctor, Hospital Directors of IP& C, and administrative staff. We welcome and encourage innovative ideas and the team is comprised of individuals from a range of clinical backgrounds and experience which proves a great asset as we continually review our practice and interventions.

If you are a motivated, enthusiastic and an inspiring leader who can be an example to others at all times we want you for this role. We welcome anyone who is interested in applying for this post to contact IP& C for more information on the contact details below.

Main duties of the job

As post holder, you will provide support and leadership within the BH IP& C team for both clinical and management of staff at Whipps Cross Hospital. You will motivate and lead colleagues to ensure that care and education is evidence based and delivered effectively, efficiently and compassionately as required to our patients, staff and visitors.

Our priority is to prevent and control infections primarily in an acute hospital setting, but also impacting on the wider healthcare community. We achieve this by building effective relationships, communicating well, and promoting high standards of IP& C practice for the safety of patients, staff and visitors.

As a member of the IPC Team the post holder will develop and maintain effective and efficient communication networks with internal and external agencies. Interacting with both clinical and non-clinical disciplines and other organisations responsible for healthcare provision.

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We're also proud to be part of UCLPartners, Europes largest and strongest academic health science partnership. The objective of UCLPartners is to translate cutting edge research and innovation into measurable health gain for patients and populations through partnership across settings and sectors, and through excellence in education.

Key responsibilities of the role
  • Act as a role model and clinical expert within the speciality of infection prevention and control across all areas of the trust.
  • On a trust-wide basis, provide access to expert, evidence-based clinical advice on matters relating to infection control and hospital hygiene.
  • Support CDIPC and Trust Lead Nurse IPC in the development and implementation of an Infection Prevention and Control Strategy, leading to the effective control of hospital infection within the trust, commensurate with patient case mix, facilities and resources.
  • To support Clinical lead Nurses to involve all infection prevention and control nursing staff in planning and decision making
  • Ensure Clinical Lead Nurses take an active role in the update of infection prevention and control policies and protocols.
  • Work with CDIPC, Trust Lead Nurse and Lead IPC Doctor to ensure controls assurance and practices are embedded within the team.
  • Interpret health legislation and directives with regard to their impact on, or applicability to infection prevention and control, and ensure their effective implementation as appropriate.
  • Ensure Clinical Lead nurses assist in the management of infection outbreaks and contribute to the production and outcomes of reports.
  • With the CDIPC and Trust Lead Nurse IPC lead in the maintenance of ongoing organism and infection disease surveillance with appropriate evaluation, feedback and action to control and prevent such infections.
  • Ensure the implementation of a programme of risk assessment and audit of infection control policies, disseminating results accordingly.
  • Ensure Clinical Lead nurses actively participate in staff training programmes and the development of such with the Infection Prevention and Control Nursing Team.
  • Ensure that good communication exists with the microbiology and pathology staff across the trust as well as clinical staff

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents, please view the attachment/s below.

Person Specification



  • Significant post registration experience in infection prevention within an acute Trust
  • Clinical experience within acute healthcare, and ability to relate that experience to support staff in practice
  • Experience of professional leadership
  • Experience of training and facilitating staff and practice development in a variety of settings, with individuals, small and large groups
  • Implementation of HR policies / procedures
  • Evidence of regional or national working within specialist field of practice, e.g. branch or national role within Infection Prevention Society
  • Development and use of governance frameworks and structures to minimise risk and improve patient safety
  • Working with different organisations to review complex infection issues/cases


  • Experience of publication, or conference presentations



  • Proven leadership and management skills. Able to inspire, motivate and to lead a team to achieve excellence
  • Proven ability to plan and deliver projects and services within a set time frame, anticipating problems and devising solutions
  • Delivers training and education to groups and individuals


  • Advanced critical analysis skills
  • Experience of policy development and effective implementation
  • Experience of leading change with measurable evaluated outcomes



  • Demonstrates highly developed specialist knowledge across the spectrum of infection prevention activity including: oInfection management oClinical practice oDecontamination oCleanliness oManagement of the environment to prevention infection oOutbreak control


  • Demonstrates knowledge of change management and leadership methodologies in order to achieve and sustain change and improvement in patient safety, and inspire and lead a team



  • Registered nurse, on live register, with significant experience at senior level of infection prevention in practice (minimum 3 years at band 8A)
  • Specialist qualification in infection prevention and control minimum BSc level
  • Qualification / training in teaching and / or professional development
  • Evidence of ongoing personal development



  • Highly professional appearance, with adherence to Trust policy - acts as a role model for others

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


Whipps Cross Hospital


E11 1NR

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