Infection Control Practitioner

Alberta Health Services - Calgary, AB (30+ days ago)

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Your Opportunity:
The Infection Prevention and Control Professional (ICP) is a patient safety expert with a breadth and depth of expertise in their own field and in the principles of infection prevention and control. Local and zone IPC services are provided by ICPs located in healthcare facilities and clinical service programs across the AHS zones, and are supported by ICPs in the provincial IPC Surveillance and Standards team. The ICP requires knowledge of other disciplines in order to effectively apply IPC principles in different circumstances across all health care environments. The ICP leads the planning, development, implementation, coordination and evaluation of system wide improvements in infection prevention and serves as a role model to promote the goals of the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) program within the larger context of the vision and mission of Alberta Health Services (AHS). The ICP facilitates change through interpretation and application of standards, and provides best practice recommendations across the spectrum of the organization with the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes, and preventing hospital acquired and health-care associated infections (HAIs). Under the Direction of the IPC Director, Calgary Zone and working in collaboration with the IPC Team, you will be responsible for assisting with the development and implementation of the IPC program at the South Health Campus. Key Responsibilities: Consultation to all stakeholders, surveillance, education, risk management and research/innovation.

Description:
As an Infection Prevention and Control Professional (ICP), you will be a patient safety expert who leads the planning, development, implementation, coordination and evaluation of system wide improvements in infection prevention and serves as a role model to promote the goals of the IPC program within the larger context of the vision and mission of AHS. You will facilitate change through interpretation and application of standards, and provide best practice recommendations across the spectrum of the organization with the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes and preventing health-care associated infections (HAI).

Classification: Infection Control Practitioner
Union: HSAA Facility PROF/TECH
Department: Infection Control
Primary Location: South Health Campus
Multi-Site: Not Applicable
FTE: 1.00
Posting End Date: 30-SEP-2019
Employee Class: Regular Full Time
Date Available: 28-OCT-2019
Hours per Shift: 7.75
Length of Shift in weeks: 2
Shifts per cycle: 10
Shift Pattern: Days, On Call
Days Off: Saturday/Sunday
Minimum Salary: $41.58
Maximum Salary: $55.25
Vehicle Requirement: N/A

Required Qualifications:
Completion of bachelor's degree in a health related field. Minimum three years' experience in a clinical health care setting, OR experience and proficiency in two of the following: 1) patient care practice, 2) microbiology and infectious diseases, or 3) epidemiology and biostatistics. Active registration with the applicable college or hold an advanced degree in a health related field.

Additional Required Qualifications:
The ICP needs to have strong computer skills, excellent communication skills, and an ability to function well both independently, and within a team. The position consistently requires the ability to concentrate, recall and memorize, think critically, interact socially and problem solve. Ability to synthesize complex standards and guidelines and apply to complex situations then translate the information to other stakeholders. The ICP will be required to lead teams for project work making experience in project and change management an asset. The ICP is responsible for ongoing personal professional development and maintaining a current knowledge and competency base (may include graduate level course, CIC). As the ICP often deals with issues of sensitivity, political acumen and discretion are essential. The ICP works with staff to create a positive work environment and maintains commitment to the AHS CARES values by completing projects and tasks correctly and on time, and using respectful communication.

Preferred Qualifications:
Certification in Infection Control (CIC) from the Certification Board of Infection Control Board (CBIC). Additional formal training in Infection Prevention and Control in an IPAC endorsed course. Previous experience in IPC.