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State Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator - NSW

Apply now Job no: 503302
Work type: Full time
Location: Corporate Services - NSW Metropolitan
Categories: Nursing - Registered, Other

  • Join Australia’s largest private health care provider
  • Permanent Full Time Position
  • Sydney Location

Supported by the National Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator and based at our Sydney CBD office we are seeking an experienced State Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Coordinator. This is a permanent full-time position to provide direct and indirect support as required to facilities in the Sydney metropolitan area and the wider NSW Networks and facilities.  

The position reports directly to the National Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator and works within the National Infection Prevention and Control team as part of the Ramsay National Clinical Governance Unit.

The Role:

We have an exciting opportunity for a permanent full-time (1.0 FTE) State Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator to join the Ramsay Health Care Infection Prevention and Control team. The position will support facility based ICPs at multiple Sydney metropolitan sites as well as regional facilities across NSW. The position will work with facility based ICPs to build their clinical capacity and capability in this important area by leading the standardisation of services and promotion of best practice. An ability to travel is a requirement of this position as support will be offered with both onsite visits as well as by telecommunications

It is expected this position will have the flexibility to support IPC activities at NSW facilities and work with local IPC resources to address local IPC needs. The successful applicant will have strong communication skills as they will need to develop relationships quickly with the hospital executive teams in each of the Ramsay facilities in which they work and support.

The role will be responsible for delivering an effective infection prevention and control service through the implementation of the Ramsay Infection Prevention and Control program whilst providing guidance to the hospital executives, and other key stakeholders, in all areas related to the prevention and management of infection.

Key Accountabilities to the State IPC Coordinator include:

Provide input to the Ramsay Health Care National Program that will include infection prevention and control strategic planning, policy development, surveillance (including National surveillance), auditing program (including Hand Hygiene), outbreak management, redevelopment project involvement

Support and initiate capacity building at a State and Network level for infection prevention and control related activities including management of occupational exposures and workforce vaccination

Key Accountabilities include:

  • Provide support to the Infection Prevention and Control program at the facilities by supporting and building onsite clinical capacity in network and facility-based activities such as antimicrobial stewardship, hand hygiene, auditing and reporting of hospital results and risk assessments relating to infection prevention and control
  • Support the Networks and facilities to maintain a system for the collection, evaluation, reporting and monitoring of data in relation to the healthcare associated infections including the relevant surveillance activities
  • Support, where necessary, a staff health service including appropriate screening and vaccination to staff and managing occupational blood/body substance exposures
  • Support the Network and standalone facilities Infection Prevention and Control Committees with evaluation and reporting of Infection Prevention and Control activities relating to NSQHS Standard for the prevention and control of HAI compliance and scheduled audit results
  • Provide advice and leadership on outbreak management and strategies to reduce health care acquired infection
  • Provide infection prevention and control advice and support compliance where the Network or standalone facilities are planning to undertake building repairs and in all stages of redevelopment activities
  • Participate in education training and competency assessment for staff in respect to the infection prevention and control and ongoing education program
  • Report to hospital Executive and committees promptly on infection control risks and issues as required
  • Participate in scheduled reviews and ongoing development of the National Infection Control Policies and Procedures
  • Liaise with Accredited Medical Practitioners in the analysis of data relating to infection prevention and control where required
  • Participate in the RHC infection prevention and control on-call support service

To be considered for this role, you must have:

  • Tertiary qualifications in infection prevention and control or related discipline
  • Current registration with AHPRA
  • A minimum 3 years’ experience working in a senior infection prevention and control role within a health care setting
  • Demonstrated experience in supporting an effective infection prevention and control in a hospital setting
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities with the ability to priorities and maximise productive working relationships and drive change
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships
  • Strong understanding of relevant legislative requirements, and Australian standards relating to infection prevention and control, and sterilising services including international trends in best practice
  • Experience in evaluating workplace practices against accreditation standards, quality systems, and organisational policies and procedures
  • Demonstrated ability to analyse and review qualitative and quantitative data, clinical outcomes, identify trends and drive opportunities for improvement

Working with us:

Ramsay Health Care was established in 1964 and has more than 50 years of experience in providing acute health care services. Today, the Company delivers a range of acute and primary healthcare services from 480 facilities across 11 countries, making it one of the largest and most diverse private healthcare companies in the world.

Ramsay Health Care is Australia’s largest private hospital operator and is well-respected in the health care industry due to its excellent record in hospital management and patient care. We live and work by our values of The Ramsay Way - "People Caring for People" and seek out those who are committed to developing people and teams and a continuous improvement culture. These features help to attract leading health care practitioners to work within our facilities.

For more information regarding the position please contact:

Sue Greig – National Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator, National Clinical Governance Unit
Ph: 02 2433 6081 or 0407 312 600

To Apply:

Please click the ‘apply’ button listed within this advertisement. Your application should include your detailed Curriculum Vitae, cover letter and two work-related referees.

Applications close: Friday 6 November 2020

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