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Senior Infection Prevention Control (IPC) Practitioner/Nurse

Band 7

Main area
Infection Sciences
Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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London Ambulance Service NHS Trust
£45,780 - £51,393 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Salary period
27/07/2021 23:59

London Ambulance Service covers an area of 620 sq. miles, serves one of the world’s most dynamic and diverse cities and is the busiest ambulance service in the UK. We handle over 1.9 million emergency calls from across the capital and attend more than 1.2 million incidents every single year as well as delivering a 24 hour NHS 111 Integrated Urgent Care Service in South East and North East London that we estimate will respond to around 1.4million urgent care calls by the end of the year.


We employ over 8,000 people who work or volunteer across London to respond to the health needs of over eight million people who live, work and travel in the capital. We work closely with our NHS partners and are commissioned by 32 clinical commissioning groups spread across 5 sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) and NHS England for our specialist services. We work alongside London’s hospital, mental health and specialist trusts, as well as the five STPs across Greater London.


In addition we work in partnership with the other emergency services, London’s Air Ambulance and London’s Resilience Forums to make sure we are ready and prepared to respond to major incidents and ensure we keep Londoners safe. As the only pan-London NHS provider we have a unique opportunity to play a leading role in integrating access to emergency and urgent care right across London.


By 2023 we will improve outcomes and experiences for all our patients by providing the right care to patients at the right time, and in the most cost effective way. This will mean up to 122,000 fewer patients being taken to emergency departments when their needs could be better met in a different way, and we will deliver significant efficiencies in avoided costs to the urgent and emergency care sector.

Job overview

The London Ambulance Service is currently seeking a highly motivated Senior Infection Prevention and Control Practitioner to join their pro-active Infection Control Team.

This is an exciting opportunity to use your existing skills within IPC to make a difference to the quality of care and improve outcomes for patients using our services, whilst developing your skills and knowledge in the pre-hospital environment.

Applicants should have excellent communication skills, be a team player and also be able to work independently. In return for commitment and dedication, the Trust offer a range of training and development opportunities for the successful candidate.

'Previous applicants need not apply'

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have a pivotal highly specialised role providing a comprehensive Infection Prevention and Control Service for LAS; ensuring that the Trust’s commitment to reducing healthcare associated infections is adhered to through provision of safe, quality care to patients and ensuring the well-being of its staff.

The candidate for this post will have significant experience within an Infection Prevention & Control setting and hold a recognised IPC qualification. This senior role entails providing support with projects to ensure the annual work programme is delivered and deputising for the Lead IPC Practitioner where necessary. They will inspire and motivate others and, act as a role model and a professional source of advice for staff and external colleagues when required. They will feature a visible IPC presence and good role modelling, to ensure that IPC remain high on the agenda in the Trust and support the work of the IPC committee.

Working for our organisation

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust is the busiest ambulance Trust in the UK. We are seeking someone who will fit with the Trust values of being respectful, professional, innovative and collaborative.

The team works widely across the Trust at all levels up to Board and with a variety of other partners such as external NHS Trusts, commercial organisations, Heathrow Airport, Stadia, London’s Air Ambulance and Healthcare UK and Department for International Trade.

You will, therefore, have the opportunity to join the team at an exciting time of growth and to gain experience of being involved in a varied portfolio.

The post holder will be based at Waterloo, but will be required to travel to undertake work at locations across the London Ambulance Service area.  

Annual leave starts at 27 days rising to 33 days, plus bank holidays, in line with agenda for change (NHS terms and conditions).

Employees can access Blue Light (emergency services) discounts as well as NHS discount schemes.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Key responsibilities of the include to:

  1. Oversee delivery of a comprehensive service through the IPC annual work plan, providing efficient highly specialized IPC support to all services within LAS, patients, visitors, and non-trust staff working within the organisation.
  2. Develop and deliver training packages, enhance/develop relevant policies/procedures, and prepare information pitched at the correct level for upload onto the intranet page (Pulse).
  3. Lead the IPC Champion network, providing training with on-going support and engagement; contribute to the learning experiences and development of local IPC Champions
  4. Verify, analyse and synthesise assurance data from audit programmes; ensure robustness of data received through a planned programme of validation audits of stations, cleanliness standards, observational audits of IPC practice to provide internal performance assurance to the trust
  5. Provide complex reports regarding specific areas of responsibility, contribute to the annual report training packages, enhance/ develop policies/procedures, and prepare information pitched at the correct level to upload to the Pulse
  6. Assertively and professionally challenge inappropriate care, behaviour or practice, escalating concerns when indicated, using a range of communication skills and trust systems.

Applicants are advised to read all the information enclosed in the advert and the supporting information before completing and submitting an application. As you complete your application please ensure you clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria in the person specification for this post by adequately completing the supporting information section of the application form.

Priority consideration for this post will be given to ‘at risk’ candidates.

We reserve the right to close this advert early should there be a high number of applicants.

Person specification

Qualifications, Accreditations, Education

Essential criteria
  • Master’s degree in healthcare related subject or equivalent experience
  • Significant experience of working as a registered nurse, paramedic, or allied healthcare professional
  • A recognised Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) qualification degree, diploma or significant equivalent experience
  • Teaching qualification and experience of teaching
Desirable criteria
  • Post-graduate qualification


Essential criteria
  • Well-developed leadership and influencing skills with the ability to enthuse, motivate and involve individuals and teams, and have them understand the Trust’s and your performance expectations;
  • Experience of working autonomously and within an IPC team in health care
  • Development of policy, protocols and procedures
  • Conducting, analyzing and reporting trends from IPC audits as well as taking action as appropriate
  • Proven ability to analyse complex problems and to develop and successfully implement practical and workable solutions to address them
  • Ability to think and plan strategically, tactically and creatively, and to prioritise work programs in the face of competing demands
  • A strong sense of personal and team accountability coupled to a clear understanding of the boundaries around delegated authority
  • Ability to communicate highly complex information that may be difficult to understand or in an antagonistic atmosphere, to internal and external stakeholders, and make presentations to internal and external groups on a regular basis
  • Ability to collaborate constructively with internal and external partners to create the conditions for successful partnership working;
  • Ability to take accurate and informed minutes of committees at a senior leve

Knowledge and Skills

Essential criteria
  • Producing complex reports, training materials and information leaflets on various media
  • Current understanding of research, and application of evidence based practice
  • Proficient in using Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to cover for absence in the team, ranging from provision of strategic and operational advice to undertaking key administrative duties and attending meetings
  • Able to undertake research and audits; report writing and presenting results at relevant groups or committees
  • Effective written and highly developed verbal communication skills at all levels within the Trust and with external partners
  • Effective use of change management skills and risk management
  • Ability to challenge practice using evidence based practice
  • Effective time management; able to manage own workload
  • Timely completion of task and accurate record keeping
Desirable criteria
  • Car driver with full driving licence; alternative means of transport across sites

Personal Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Remain calm in a busy environment with assertiveness
  • Ability to deal confidentially with personal and sensitive information
  • Flexible approach to work with good organizational skills
  • Ability to work using own initiative and as part of multidisciplinary team
  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills with good listening skills;
  • High level of work organisation, self-motivation, drive for performance and improvement, and flexibility in approach and attitude;
  • Strong sense of commitment to openness, honesty and integrity in undertaking the role

Other Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Ability to deal with difficult situations in a sympathetic and professional manner
  • Prolonged VDU use
  • Evidence of reliability
Desirable criteria
  • Willing to undertake further training as necessary
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Kelly Marshall
Job title
Lead Infection Prevention and Control Practitioner
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Telephone number
07717 807994