Infection Prevention Specialist

Life Kingsbury Hospital
Infection Prevention Specialist

A vacancy exists for an Infection prevention Specialist based at Life Kingsbury Hospital, reporting to Megan Paton, Nursing Standards Manager. To identify, manage, mitigate and evaluate infection prevention risks to patients, employees, and the community and business stakeholders.

Critical Outputs
  1. Execute the hospital infection prevention strategy.

A well communicated and effective strategy with clearly defined objectives in line with organizational requirements.

  • Implement an infection prevention plan aligned to the business objectives of the business unit; and based on the historic facility experience, incidents and audit findings and Life Healthcare national targets.
  • Lead the Infection Prevention Committee and direct reporting, investigation, root cause analysis, trending and actions of all infection related incidents or risks.
  • Set the business unit Infection Prevention targets with the Nursing team.
  • Comply with legal and company requirements through internal audits (laundry, sterilization and storage department, catering, healthcare risk waste, internal infection and prevention control audit), and the hazardous biological agent risk assessment.
  • Participate in and manage the close out of findings of the Department of Health inspection.
  • Participate in and manage the close out of findings of the external and internal QMS reviews.
  • All close outs from internal audits, external audits and inspections are monitored and evaluated for effectiveness at MANCO and Quality Review meetings.
  1. Surveillance and reporting to minimise infection prevention risk.
  • Patient and environmental risks identified and mitigated.
  • Monitor and assess high risk patients to minimise infection risk.
  • Monitor and assess the environment to identify and minimise infection risk.
  • Consult with relevant subject matter experts in order to take appropriate remedial action and monitor effectiveness.
  • Communicate infection risks, trends and actions to the MANCO, Unit Managers, Medical Advisory Committee, and Quality Review Committee.
  1. Identify, minimise and manage occupation exposure to hazardous biological agents.
  • Occupational risks identified and mitigated
  • Ensure that Hep B programme is offered to all HCW’s
  • Monitor and evaluate the placement of high risk employees to minimise occupational health risks.
  • Monitor and evaluate the environment to identify and minimise occupational health risks.
  • Consult with relevant subject matter experts in order to take appropriate remedial action and monitor effectiveness.
  1. Ensure excellence in infection prevention practice and build competence in infection prevention management within the facility .
  • Technical and professional competence in infection prevention at business unit level.
  • Keep your knowledge updated and abreast of international best practice in infection prevention.
  • Provide subject matter knowledge and advise to the business unit.
  • Facilitate standard and ad hoc training as required to align business unit to organizational training strategy for e.g. ( not limited to) 
    • Hand hygiene
    • exposure to body fluids
    • infection prevention bundle compliance
    • significant resistant organisms
    • link nurse training 
  • Identify the risk profile of each unit and design and coordinate an appropriate in service training strategy with the enabling team for the business unit.
  • Induct new employees in infection prevention and occupational health risk.
  1. Manage internal and external outbreaks to minimise risk
  • Patient, employee and environmental and risks identified and mitigated.
  • As a member of the Emergency Action committee annually review the Outbreak Management Process in the hospital emergency plan.
  • In the event of the outbreak, lead the outbreak task team to control the outbreak and minimise further risk.
  • Communicate the outbreak status, epidemiology, risk, prevention measures and impact to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Qualified Infection Prevention and Control Specialist from a recognised institution. The qualification should hold at least 60 credits.
  • Short learning programmes (SLP) shorter than 6 months are not recognised.
  • Sound clinical and applied Infection Prevention knowledge. The candidate should have practical application knowledge as an IPS/IPC or a 2IC
  • Experience/qualification in a specialist unit would be advantageous.
  • Under exceptional circumstances, where no qualified IPS is available or suitable, a strong motivation from the Nurse Manager and National IPC Risk Manager is required prior to appointment
  • If not trained or part of the current course, the candidate must agree to enrol to do the LHC certificate course (SLP) with immediate effect or as soon as practically possible
  • Agree to do the 6 day On Boarding Programme via TEAMS (within 1 month of employment)
  • Excellent basic computer skills (Microsoft Office).
  • Understanding of the private healthcare industry.
  • Leadership skills
  • Problem Solving and Analysis
  • Practical Execution 
  • Building Relationships
  • Communication
  • Influencing
  • Customer Responsiveness
  • Knowledge Management
  • Rule Orientation
  • Research Skills
  • Ethical Behaviour
  • Leading by Example
  • Resilience

Chwayita Mpangele

021 670 4312
Closing date
Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Internal applicants - Before making an application, you are requested to discuss your application with your line manager. External candidates will also be considered.

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Life Healthcare is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Thank you for your interest in this opportunity. Kindly note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  Applicants who have not been contacted within two weeks of the closing date of this advert, should consider their application as unsuccessful.



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