Infection Prevention and Control Specialist

Community and Health Services Department, Public Health Branch, Health Protection Division. York Region. Richmond Hill, ON
Closing Date September 23, 2019 Location Richmond Hill, ON Work Type Permanent Full-Time
Salary Range $48.99 to $53.24 per hour Experience Level  - Job ID 23631
Job Description

DEPARTMENT: Community and Health Services Department
BRANCH: Public Health Branch, Health Protection Division
Salary: $48.99 to $53.24 per hour

LOCATION: 50 High Tech Road, Richmond Hill  
STATUS: Permanent Full-Time
SCHEDULED WEEKLY HOURS: 35
SCHEDULED SHIFTS: 0830 – 1630

This is an Addition to staff 
Council Approved: February 28, 2019
Union position - CUPE Local 905 (York Region Unit)
 
POSITION PURPOSE
Reporting to the Manager, Health Protection, is responsible for providing infection and prevention control expertise and leadership in the implementation of program initiatives and deliverables; developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating infection control programs as well as building capacity internally and externally to detect and manage Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) issues; conducting research and interpreting evidence based literature in developing IPAC best practices guidelines, tools and resources; evaluating initiatives, programs, policies and resources and providing IPAC best practice recommendations; completing IPAC audits to ensure compliance within industry best practices; leading, conducting and assisting in investigations of IPAC breaches, conducting IPAC risk assessments using a scientific based approach  and recommending solutions; recommending standards, protocols, processes and procedures in compliance with applicable legislation; and acting as a consultant, educator and resource for internal and external stakeholders.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES
Applies infection control expertise to internal and external stakeholders and applies expert knowledge of current evidence, best practice, standards, and guidelines in order to prevent and control the spread of infectious diseases within York Region.
Participates in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating infection control programs and initiatives within York Region to build capacity internally and externally to detect and manage emerging IPAC issues.
Participates in the development of the IPAC framework to deliver services that support and inform internal and external partners and stakeholders.
Identifies necessary supports for achievement of professional and program goals and makes recommendations on initiatives to reduce breaches, mitigate risks and educate stakeholders on infection prevention and control.
Leads the development of IPAC core competencies and practice standards for internal and external stakeholders.
Participates and/or leads in the development of policies, procedures and protocols and ensures that stakeholders have pertinent and relevant information to take informed action that mitigates infection risk.
Conducts IPAC risk assessments and makes recommendations accordingly.
Conducts relevant research including literature reviews, epidemiological, and data analysis and provides evidence based recommendation.
Collaborates, consults and acts as a resource to internal and external partners and stakeholders.
Collaborates with provincial organizations, municipalities, advisory groups and professional networks on IPAC initiatives.

QUALIFICATIONS
Successful completion of a University Degree in Health Sciences, Social Sciences, or a related field or or approved equivalent combination of education and experience. 
Current Certification from the Certification Board of Infection Control.
Minimum three (3) years experience  of relevant infection prevention and control related experience with a comprehensive understanding  IPAC practices and program service delivery.
Valid Ontario Class “G” driver’s license and reliable vehicle for use on corporate business.
Thorough knowledge communicable disease control, epidemiologic principles, surveillance, and outbreak management.

How to Apply

Please apply online by clicking here by September 23, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. We thank all candidates for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted via email. 

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