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Infection Control Practitioner, Infection Prevention and Control
The Infection Control Practitioner (ICP) reports into the Infection Control Coordinator and works in collaboration with Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Medical Leads for the clinical programs across multiple sites within PHSA. The ICP facilitates the implementation, operations and maintenance of the infection prevention and control program within the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) of BC.
What you’ll do:
- Have an active role in the prevention, surveillance, and control of infections; provide support and education on IPC policies, standards, best practices and guidelines. Act as a resource and review opportunities for IPC improvement and follow up on occurrences of infection transmission across PHSA.
- Collaborate with the clinical program infection control committees, clinical operational teams and the organization-wide IPAC team.
- Maintain liaison with the leaders across the organization and within the clinical programs on operational and professional matters.
- This is a multi-site position that will be expected to carry out duties at various sites throughout PHSA.
What you bring:
- A Bachelor's degree in a relevant health science discipline such as Med Lab Sciences, Medical/Clinical Microbiology, Epidemiology, Pathology, or related field.
- Three (3) years' recent related clinical experience recent related experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Completion of, or current enrollment in, an approved IPAC Canada sponsored and endorsed Infection Control course.
- Current Certification Board for Infection Control (CBIC) Certification in Infection Control (CIC) or expected certification within two (2) years of start of employment.
- A valid BC Driver’s License and access to a vehicle for business related purposes, as required.
- Travel outside of existing geographic area and/or overnight travel may be required, and will be compensated in accordance with applicable collective agreement language.
- Demonstrated knowledge of epidemiological principles, statistics, medical/clinical microbiology, and infectious diseases, patient care practices and application of continuous quality improvement.
- Knowledge of the interrelationships between Acute, Residential, Community Health and Public Health resources in the health delivery system.
- Demonstrated ability to use factual information, prior learning and basic principles and procedures to support infection control decisions and actions with relevant research-based evidence/evidence informed practice.
- Experience communicating effectively with patients, families/support person, the public, medical staff, members of the multi-disciplinary care team, and other stakeholders, using professional verbal, written and electronic communication means.
- Ability to think conceptually, strategically, and systematically.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and to collaborate with and promote cooperation among members of the multi-disciplinary care team and all identified stakeholders.
- Experience assessing site educational needs and develop, implement and evaluate effectiveness of educational programs.
- Experience in integrating and evaluating data from multiple sources to problem-solve effectively.
- Ability to organize and prioritize work in a continuously changing environment.
- Ability to deal with and promote change.
- Experience in facilitating, consulting, presenting, and teaching.
- Ability to influence leaders, including physicians and staff at all levels.
- Experience operating related equipment, including relevant computer software applications.
- Knowledge of health promotion and disease prevention.
- Knowledge of population health theories.
- Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
- Ability to travel to designated facilities and work sites
What’s in it for you:
Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.
- Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth and development.
- Access to more than 2,000 in-house training programs.
- Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan.
- 12 annual statutory holidays with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
- Perks include onsite fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.
Job type: Regular Full-Time
Union affiliation: Health Sciences Professionals
Rate of pay: $40.56 – 50.58/hr
Location: 1451 Kingsway Avenue, Port Coquitlam
Closing date: Open until position is filled
Reference number: 104560E
What we do:
PHSA plans, coordinates and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose. Learn more about PHSA and our programs: jobs.phsa.ca/programs-and-services.
PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, backgrounds and experiences, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.