Infection, Prevention & Control Practitioner - Middlesex Hospital Alliance

  • LHH Knightsbridge
  • Oct 05, 2020
Full time Nurse

Job Description

 

POSITION PROFILE

Client Organization: Middlesex Hospital Alliance (MHA)

Position Title Infection, Prevention & Control Practitioner

Reports to: Vice-President, Clinical Services and Chief Nurse Executive

 

The organization

Within our Middlesex Hospital Alliance family, over 500 physicians, employees and volunteers care for patients in our communities. Together, we’re creating a more integrated and seamless approach to treatment by embracing and seeking out partnerships, through collaboration and investing in our people. This coordinated approach helps to ensure that we provide a high level of service while reducing costs and continually enhancing quality.

The Middlesex Hospital Alliance strategic plan outlines our goal to provide the best patient experience possible. It includes a strong focus on learning and innovation, applying the knowledge and expertise of our people with the most current science-based medicine to provide excellent patient care.

Our strategy is about making changes to enhance the care we provide. We must ensure we’re delivering care that makes sense in our health-care system by working in partnership with others to maximize resources. Factors such as an aging population in the geographic area that we serve, and responsibility to ensure financial resources are invested wisely helps us to determine the level of service our community needs.

The role and opportunity

We are seeking a strong clinical leader to fill a key role in the hospital – Infection Prevention and Control Practitioner. The IPAC Practitioner will be instrumental in defining a clear vision of how to leverage changes in healthcare and presenting best practices to improve IPAC standards and thus, patient satisfaction and strengthen health outcomes. This individual will have a strong operational focus, have a strategic vision and sharp business acumen and, above all, be a true champion for patients, staff and IPAC best practice. They will also need to possess strong coaching and mentoring skills and be familiar with the Lean management system.

This individual will provide oversight of all Infection Prevention and Control actions and needs across both sites, working closely with unit managers and departmental leaders as well as the Medical Advisory Committee and the executive team to ensure proper ongoing reporting, surveillance and investigation on all potential issues through the following responsibilities.

Operational Responsibilities;

  • Provide IPAC expertise through consultation and role modelling
  • Establish IPAC best practice standards across MHA
  • Investigate and educate
  • Utilize best practice standards including those generated by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Canadian Standards Association, Public Health, Center for Disease Control and other regulatory bodies
  • Collaborate with the interdisciplinary team and physicians to implement IPAC standards
  • Implement and manage quality improvement, lean strategies and patient safety initiatives to ensure excellence in patient care and high levels of patient satisfaction
  • Ensure that clinical practices are evidence based and consistent with current standards and regulations
  • Model and promote evidence based IPAC standards across both sites of MHA
  • Support educational strategies to enhance professional practice of team members

the Ideal candidate

The ideal candidate will be a certified healthcare professional, preferably an RN, with a strong clinical background and working experience of IPAC best practices and standards for all patient care areas and support services i.e. inpatient, operating room, ambulatory care, diagnostic services, environmental cleaning, medical device reprocessing, as well as significant experience with outbreak investigation, construction, monitoring and surveillance practices.

This individual will thrive in an autonomous role where they are both the subject matter expert but also the go to for realtime action and support of issues. They will have superior communication skills and be skilled at tailoring their message to their audience, whether that be front line staff in a huddle or the executive team in a board meeting.

Qualifications:

  • Current certificate of registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario, or Certified Health Care Professional
  • Baccalaureate degree
  • Minimum 2 years Infection Control Practitioner experience
  • Certification in Infection Control - preferred
  • Advanced knowledge of nursing procedures, microbiology, medical terminology, and statistical concepts
  • Advanced ability to be self-motivated, self-directed and results oriented
  • Experience in a LEAN environment would be an asset
  • Demonstrated excellence in critical thinking, evidence-based decision making, communication, change management and conflict resolution.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead sustainable quality improvements and best practices in infection prevention and control
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate infection control practices
  • Ability to establish and foster collaborative partnerships and working relationships with staff, physicians, patients and the interdisciplinary health care team
  • Strong commitment to ongoing professional development and continuing education
  • Computer proficiency

CONTACT INFORMATION

Should you have an interest in confidentially exploring this further or have any questions regarding this initiative, please contact LHH Knightsbridge search team below:

Lead Partner : Collin MacLeod

Phone number: 416-928-4534

Email: collin.macleod@lhhknightsbridge.com

Research Consultant: Matt Dyck

Phone number: 416-640-4315

Email: matthew.dyck@lhhknightsbridge.com

Job Category

Nurse

City

Strathroy, ON