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Infection Prevention & Control Specialist Practitioner

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£31,696 to £41,787pa plus 20% HCAS
20/08/2017 23:59

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust is the busiest emergency ambulance service in the UK with over 4,500 staff who works across a wide range of roles. Our service operates over an area of approximately 620 square miles across London based in 70 ambulance stations. 

We serve more than eight million people who live and work in the London area. Our main role is to respond to emergency 999 calls, getting medical help to patients who have serious or life-threatening injuries or illnesses as quickly as possible.

However, many of our patients have less serious illnesses or injuries, and do not need to be sent an ambulance on blue lights and sirens. Often these patients will receive more appropriate care somewhere other than at hospital and so we provide a range of care to them, recognising that many have complex problems or long-term medical conditions. We also provide clinical assessments over the phone to more callers with less serious illnesses and injuries. 

As an integral part of the NHS in London, we work closely with hospitals and other healthcare professionals, as well as with other emergency services. We are also central to planning for, and responding to, large-scale events or major incidents in the capital. 

In everything we do, we will provide Care, Clinical excellence and commitment. 

Care - Helping people when they need us; treating people with compassion, dignity and respect; having pride in our work and our organisation.

Clinical excellence - Giving our patients the best possible care; leading and sharing best clinical practice; using staff and patient feedback and experience to improve our care.

Commitment -Setting high standards and delivering against them; supporting our staff to grow, develop and thrive; Learning and growing to deliver continual improvement.


London Ambulance Service (LAS) NHS Trust, one of the busiest ambulance services in England, is looking for a dynamic team player, flexible, adaptable and experienced Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Specialist Practitioner to join our IPC team. They will help to shape and enhance the service going forwards.

The IPC Team is responsible for the provision of specialist advice on the prevention, surveillance, investigation and control of infection within LAS, the formulation of policy and procedures and continuously shaping the education of health care workers through lessons learned, national guidance and compliance with regulation, to ensure we work towards making LAS a great place to work and improving patient experience.

They have a pivotal and highly specialized role providing a comprehensive IPC service for LAS; ensuring that the Trust’s commitment to reducing healthcare associated infections and provide safe quality care to patients and ensure the well-being of its staff, is adhere to. They will provide a visible IPC presence and good role modelling, to ensure that IPC remains high on the agenda in the Trust, being fully aware of the regulatory requirements to remain a compliant health service provider.

This role will support the Head of IPC to deliver to the IPC objectives within the annual work plan, in particular the completion of verification audits, training, projects, development of policies and procedures, and IPC information for staff and patients, as well as lead the IPC Champion network. They will support and deputise for the Head of IPC whenever necessary and enable the timely delivery of operational and strategic work streams.
For informal enquiries please email Eng-Choo Hitchcock, Head of Infection Prevention and Control at

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Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

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Eng-Choo Hitchcock, email eng-choo.hitchcock@lond-amb.nhs,uk

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