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Lead Nurse Infection Prevention and Control /Deputy DIPC

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
To be the Trust's strategic and operational lead for infection prevention and control nursing services, working under the direction of the DIPC.

The post holder will be the operational lead and be responsible for overseeing and leading on all strategic elements of infection prevention and control activities for the Infection Prevention and Control Team (IPCT). The post holder will ensure the development of consistent approaches to the strategic management of the patient group through training and education, policy and guideline development, action post audit findings and implementation of evidence-based care.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will ensure the smooth running of all operational elements of an effective IPC service which includes (but not exhaustive):

1. Surveillance

2. Audit of clinical environment and practices

3. Outbreak prevention and control

4. Development and implementation of IPC policy

Lead all IPC audit and surveillance activity, overseeing healthcare acquired infection and alert organism (e.g., MRSA, MSSA, E.coli, CPE and Clostridium difficile) reported locally and nationally for in-patient areas and community sites covered by Whittington Health.

The post holder will be responsible for ensuring site visits and audits are conducted for all new builds, refurbishments, and environmental alterations, and at times when services move locations of service delivery, working closely with Estates Facilities, Commissioners, and others to ensure that infection prevention and control is always given due regard during this transition.

To function as an autonomous practitioner providing an expert level of care, developing own and other's knowledge of infection prevention and control.

To ensure that IPCT reporting is carried out as required with up-to-date and relevant patient information on the Trusts patient electronic record, surveillance files and related IPC databases. Using the Trusts laboratory, pharmacy and medical IT platforms appropriately.

About us

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff. We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief. The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will line manage and supervise the IPCT and lead them to provide efficient, high quality and safe service delivery to meet local and national targets related to Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI) and clinical care.

The post holder must be clinically based and an advanced practitioner in IPC and strengthen the nursing contribution to patients and service users across Whittington Health.

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • RGN
  • Evidence of continued CPD
  • Degree in infection Control
  • Teaching Qualification


  • Project/change management experience

Knowledge & Experience


  • Experience of working in infection control. Minimum of 2 years of this experience of working at infection control senior management level


  • Experience of working in complex care arenas with multi-disciplinary teams
  • Knowledge of professional issues around IPC

Skills & Ability


  • Ability to interpret complex information/policy and present the same information to staff in a
  • Ability to develop supportive working relationships across disciplines

Personal Qualities


  • Ability to manage own personal professional development

Employer details

Employer name

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust


Whittington Hospital

Magdala Avenue


N19 5NF

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