Head of Nursing - Infection Prevention and Control (IPC)/Tissue Viability (TV)
Band 8C/8D
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

As the UK’s largest NHS Trust, and the third largest provider of specialist services, our Single Hospital Service brings together hospitals and community services from across Manchester and Trafford to provide world-class care and make real and lasting improvements to health outcomes and quality of life. We share our knowledge, skills and resources to be the best for our patients and each other.

We have a well-established IPC team which also includes the management and development of tissue viability services across the Group as well as working in partnership with the continence service hosted by the Manchester Local Care Organisation. PC is carried out in a range of clinical settings from home to hospital and our specialist portfolio can pose some unique and interesting challenges which will encourage your curiosity, develop your problem-solving skills and foster your creative and innovative talents.

The service is split into three teams covering The Oxford Road Campus; Wythenshawe, Trafford, Withington and Altrincham Hospitals; and the Manchester and Trafford Local Care Organisation. Each team is led by a Matron who is supported by senior specialist nurses for IPC and TV and specialist nurse practitioners who undertake an integrated role for IPC/TV, supported by two Surveillance Officers who provide data that is used for both internal and external reports.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with multidisciplinary teams Greater Manchester-wide, and across agencies including Public Health England, you will grow your expertise across a wide variety of clinical practice and issues and build your profile as a national expert.

• The Role In this role you will report to the Assistant Chief Nurse/Clinical DIPC and lead a team of Specialist nurses including; a Lead Nurse for IPC and a Lead Nurse for TV. You will be a senior member of the IPC team and work closely with the Trust Clinical Lead for Surgical Site Infection. Our teams of experienced nurses will support you in the day to day delivery of care whilst you can expect to be supported to develop your broader strategic skills and to work with the ACN to further our reputation in research, innovation and teaching ensuring there is a positive impact for patients experience and clinical outcomes.

• You will also work closely with the DIPC covering for the ACN/Clinical DIPC who will be reducing her hours from April 2020. It is intended that you will be supported to develop into the ACN/Clinical DIPC role.

• This role will be key to the integration and development of the IPC multidisciplinary team. We have recently invested in the appointment of a dedicated surgical site infection team including a Registered Nurse and three Healthcare Assistants to support a proactive approach to preventing infection across the Group.

• You’ll take the lead in developing our IPC strategy and be instrumental in driving consistent improvement. You will be integral in contributing to our research-led agenda for infection control and developing surveillance programmes, you’ll also be a catalyst for exciting changes.

• You’ll work alongside experts in their field, including two soon-to-be-appointed Infection Control Doctors, to develop a more proactive service. Managed by the Assistant Chief Nurse, you’ll have overall management responsibility for IPC and TV teams and strengthen the integration of these.

• As we succession-plan retirement of our Assistant Chief Nurse IPC/TV, this role could be a career-defining. The size and breadth of service is such that the role of Head of Nursing for IPC has been developed with a view to taking over the Assistant Chief Nurse/Clinical DIPC role when the current post holder retires and covering the full range of her duties in her absence.

The Person

• You will have significant IPC expertise and will have extensive management experience at Lead Nurse level or above.

• You will be able to demonstrate a strong track record of budget and contract management, financial planning.

• You will bring a passion for the patient, collaborative spirit and excellent communication skills and have a strong affiliation to our trust values.

If you believe you have the drive, ambition and vision to take forwards MFT’s exciting plans for IPC, we will ensure that your development and career aspirations are supported and exceeded.

We’d love you to contact us to find out more about the opportunity please contact Helen Childs,

Odgers Berndtson our partner on Helen.childs@odgersberndtson.com or call Lee Mitchell on 020 7518 2686 to receive a detailed candidate brief about the role.

Closing date: 24th February

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve.

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