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Senior Epidemiologist, Provincial Infection Control Network (PicNet)
Senior Epidemiologist, Provinical Infection Control Network (PicNet)
The Provincial Infection Control Network of British Columbia (PICNet) is a provincial program of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) that works to reduce healthcare-associated infections in BC healthcare facilities. Our key areas of focus are surveillance, evidence-based guidelines, and education. PICNet works together with partners on provincial surveillance initiatives, development and promotion of evidence-based best practices, and the creation of educational and operational tools. Our community of practice includes experts in infection prevention and control, occupational health and safety, public health, infectious diseases, patient safety and quality, microbiology laboratories, and others.
PICNet is made up of the following:
- Scientific Operations Advisory Committee
- Management Office and Medical Co-Leads
- Committees and Working Groups
- Community of Practice\
The Senior Epidemiologist serves as the lead epidemiologist providing expert epidemiologic, scientific, and technical leadership in surveillance, epidemiologic investigations, and research, as well as expert critical appraisal, knowledge synthesis and writing skills to advance knowledge and provides evidence-based guidance and advice on healthcare-associated infection prevention and control in BC.
In this role you will work in close partnership with program leadership across the health authorities and be responsible for:
- Leading and overseeing the development and implementation of a comprehensive provincial surveillance program including, liaising with the Public Health Laboratory to facilitate the creation of a provincial perspective of healthcare associated infection clusters and outbreaks in BC, as well as healthcare associated infection and performance measurement data collection, analysis, evaluation and reporting strategy that addresses the goals and strategic objectives of the department and organization and supports evidence-based decision making.
- Overseeing, leading and/or conducting projects related to epidemiology, surveillance, research and evaluation as well as critical appraisal and knowledge synthesis including providing recommendations for resource allocation, contract negotiation and management.
- Collaborating and consultating with PICNet leadership, have an advisory role related to epidemiologic, surveillance, research and analytic matters and will be responsible for supervising a team of Surveillance Epidemiologist, Surveillance Coordinator, Evaluation Specialist, and other assigned individuals.
- Providing consultation based on expert knowledge and experience to a broad range of stakeholders including regional health authority infection prevention and control programs, the Ministry of Health, public health, decision support, as well as provincial and national partners.
- Using your professional expertise, coupled with strong leadership, systematic problem-solving and effective communication and writing skills to influence, persuade and negotiate consensus with external groups including provincial and national partners.
- Working within a highly complex system, decisions made by this individual can impact departmental performance, goals and objectives.
What you bring
- A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Master’s degree or PhD in Epidemiology or related discipline.
- Minimum of 5 years recent related experience in infection prevention and control, public health or population health surveillance and epidemiology, including methodological skills in data analysis, study design and development of protocols and surveillance reports, plus 2 years recent related management/supervisory experience in a health care or public administration environment; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
What skills & knowledge you demonstrate:
- Knowledge and competence of epidemiological methodologies and statistical analysis.
- Knowledge of infection control, public or population health surveillance standards and methods.
- Understanding of surveillance, research, and outbreak/cluster investigation within infection control and public or population health.
- Proficiency of software applications at an advanced level to perform statistical analysis.
- Demonstrated ability to manage, evaluate and supervise staff.
PicNet is open to considering applicants from across Canada that are interested in relocating to Vancouver, BC
For full overview of the Duties & Accountabilities, please email Veronica Wong, Talent Acquisition Advisor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Vancouver, BC/ Open to a flexible work option within the Vancouver, Lower Mainland
Status: Regular Full-time
Closing date: Open until filled.
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.
- Flexible work options including flextime, work locations and job sharing (eligibility will vary)
- Perks include fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.
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.