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Epidemiologist, Infection Prevention and Control - PHSA
Epidemiologist, Infection Control
As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.
The Epidemiologist, Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) reports to the Program Manager and is responsible for monitoring and reporting of healthcare associated infections (HAI), IPAC process measures, applicable communicable disease data monitoring, outbreak investigation within all PHSA Clinical Service Delivery (CSD) programs.
What you’ll do
- In collaboration with the IPAC team, plan and implement a comprehensive surveillance program:Participate in epidemiological research, including Canadian Nosocomial Infection Surveillance Program (CNISP) related activities to support the evaluation of existing IPAC data collection modules and develops recommendations for quality improvement strategies and new prevention and control measures locally, provincially and nationally.
- Develop IPAC surveillance protocols and key performance indicators for IPAC CSD programs and IPAC initiatives;
- Identify common and specific surveillance needs of all PHSA programs and services including Clinical Service Delivery portfolios (Children’s and Women’s Health Centre, BC Cancer Agency, BCCDC, BCEHS, BCMHSUS and other programs as required); and
- Develop and implement cost effective surveillance protocols and data management strategies through development of automated PHSA IPAC surveillance systems
- Support data collection, data analysis and data interpretation and dissemination to internal and external stakeholders
- Communicate surveillance data to members of the IPAC Leadership team and other stakeholders (e.g. CSD Programs’ leaders, PHSA Data Analytics Team, Ministry of Health, and Provincial Infection Control Network of BC (PICNet)).
- Participate in the investigation and control of infectious disease outbreaks.
- Contribute and prepare the IPAC surveillance reports, in collaboration with other IPAC team contributors.
- Critically analyze incidences of HAIs, communicable disease, clusters and outbreaks, and IPAC process measure indicators, utilizing comprehensive multi-layered understanding of epidemiology, public health and health care systems.
- Provide consultation services to regional health authorities, other provincial partners, national partners, special interest groups, health care professionals, and the public, including responding to inquiries, identifying and making recommendations for addressing risk factors, developing education materials and making presentations. Liaises with public health, acute care, and other partners in these activities.
- Evaluate existing surveillance programs and research relevant to the prevention and control of HAIs, clusters/outbreaks within PHSA facilities by conducting literature reviews, designing and implementing studies, collecting and analyzing data, and writing reports.
- Design appropriate studies for investigating outbreaks, unusual clusters, or IPAC breeches; prepares questionnaires; and analyze data and recommends appropriate interventions. Contribute to applied public health research and ensures new understanding and knowledge is shared by publishing findings in recognized/peer-reviewed scientific journals or presentations at professional conferences.
- Participate in design and reporting of quality improvement activities and ensures compliance with accreditation standards.
What you bring
- A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a Masters in Epidemiology or Public Health (MSc or MPH or MHSc).
- A minimum of four (4) years related experience in healthcare/public health.
You also have:
- Thorough knowledge of epidemiological principles, data management, and health surveillance. Ability and experience in designing, implementing, and conducting studies, their interpretation, written reporting and publication.
- Demonstrated statistical analysis skills, including disease mapping and analysis and recognition of disease clustering.
- Excellent computer skills with proficiency in maintaining large databases of statistical and analytical software (i.e. Redcap, Tableau, MS Power BI, EMR systems).
- Excellent communication and leadership skills.
- Ability to work well in interdisciplinary teams.
- Effective interpersonal skills, mature judgment and flexibility.
- Ability to use a variety of statistical software tools and proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
What we bring
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 professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
- Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
- Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
- PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
- Perks include access to fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.
Job Type: Regular, Full Time
Location: 1333 West Broadway, Vancouver BC, V6H 1G9
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday, 0800-1600
Requisition Number # 124492
What we do
The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages 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, 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, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.
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