Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (ARHAI)
Nurse Consultant Infection Prevention & Control
Permanent - 2 posts
Salary Scale - £71,365 - £76,914
Hours - 37.5 per week
Location - Meridian Court, Glasgow/Gyle Square, Edinburgh
NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) has designed NHS Scotland Assure to improve the management of risk in new builds and refurbishment projects across NHS Scotland. The new service will be a multi-disciplinary team with subject matter experts in the fields of infection prevention and control, hard and soft facilities and building management. It will have oversight for the design, construction, and maintenance of major infrastructure developments within the NHS. It will be a quality management system for the healthcare built environment. NHS Scotland Assure will strengthen infection prevention and control in the built environment and play a crucial guidance role regarding incidents and outbreaks across health and social care.
We are bringing together experts to increase patient safety levels in the healthcare built environment across NHS Scotland. We are looking for two Nurse Consultants to join our team to support this operation.
These positions will be the primary source of highly specialised professional health protection related advice and knowledge to a wide range of stakeholders. The post holders will lead and influence national health protection programmes designed to achieve priority public health objectives and oversee the development and maintenance of surveillance to monitor public health challenges.
The postholders will sit within Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (ARHAI) Scotland, part of NSS, working in partnership to deliver Health Protection services which enable and support a safer and healthier Scotland.
The work of ARHAI Scotland is encompassed in five Health Protection Programmes ICBED (Infection Control in Built Environment & Decontamination), NPGO (National Policies, Guidance and Outbreaks), CARHAI (Community Antimicrobial Resistance & Healthcare Associated Infection), Scottish Surveillance of HAI Programme (SSHAIP) and Scottish One Health Antimicrobial Use and Antimicrobial Resistance (SONAAR).
ARHAI leads and supports efforts to prevent healthcare associated infection by means of guidance development, surveillance, operational support and training, covering areas such as incident and outbreak management, decontamination, the built environment, research and infection prevention and control expertise.
Are you a first level registered nurse with a Masters degree or equivalent learning and evidence of on-going professional development? Do you have the relevant clinical expertise, experience of leadership and innovation within this setting?
We are looking for someone with excellent communication and organisations skills, someone who can prioritise, assess and decision make, someone who is proactive, innovative and enthusiastic.
Knowledge of ARHAI Scotland would be advantageous. It is vital that you demonstrate the NSS values of working with respect and care, openness and integrity.
This is a National post. The post is flexible and will be hosted by ARHAI Scotland. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic working from home may be required
The successful candidate will be required to undergo a PVG Scheme Disclosure Scotland check.
Any candidate who has lived/worked overseas for more than 12 months in the preceding 5 years will also be required to provide a criminal record check from the appropriate overseas agency.
Candidates must have current NMC registration at the time of applying.
For an informal discussion regarding the post, please contact Sarah Gracie;
Tel: 07999 421314
Closing date for completed applications is 26th January 2021
Job description Notice of Change
Antimicrobial Resistance & Healthcare Associated Infection (ARHAI) Scotland is part of National Services Scotland. The group was formally part of Health Protection Scotland within National Services Scotland but was under Public Health and Intelligence. As the result of recent structural changes, job description(s) associated with current vacancies still reflect the Health Protection Scotland brand and structure.
Candidates are advised that all job description(s) shall be updated over the coming months to reflect ARHAI Scotland branding and organisational structure changes.
NHS National Services Scotland is an equal opportunities employer and as committed participant in the disability confident scheme, guarantees to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for our vacancies